Former Ku Klux Klan Leader Off California Ballot
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) _ California officials on Friday refused to give former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke a spot on the Republican ballot in this state’s June presidential primary.
Secretary of State March Fong Eu said Duke and Democrat Lyndon LaRouche were denied ballot position because they failed qualify for federal campaign funds.
Under the decision, they could still get on the ballot if they qualified for federal matching funds by April 4 or submitted petitions by March 20.
Duke would have to submit more than 51,000 signatures of registered Republican voters.
Duke spokesman Marc Ellis said the campaign would qualify for federal funds ″sometime in February.″
Candidates qualify for federal money by raising more than $5,000 in 20 different states, in contributions from individuals of $250 or less.
President Bush and conservative columnist Patrick Buchanan will appear on the Republican primary ballot.
The Democratic primary ballot will list former California Gov. Jerry Brown, Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton, Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin, Nebraska Sen. Bob Kerrey and former Massachusetts Sen. Paul Tsongas.
Duke has had to fight to get on the ballot in a number of states.
Attorneys on Friday took his bid for ballot position in the March 10 Florida primary to a federal appeals court but expressed doubt that this year’s voting would be affected by their action.
″The breakdown in my mind is that this case won’t affect this election,″ said Robyn Blumner, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, which sued on behalf of Duke and four Democratic hopefuls.
″But the likelihood is that the case will make law for the next presidential primary,″ she said.
U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno in Miami denied Duke access to the Republican ballot Thursday, and Ms. Blumner said the appeal was filed Friday with the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta.
In arguments Tuesday before Moreno, Republican Chairman Van Poole said Duke’s views, such as ″Naziism, racism, bigotry,″ were not in line with the Republican platform.
The former Louisiana state legislator and Klan grand wizard launched his presidential campaign after losing his bid for Louisiana governor last year.