David Levitt for US Senate Campaign in California Achieves Ballot Access

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The US Senate campaign of Dr. David Levitt, a computer scientist challenging Senator Dianne Feinstein and others, collected nearly double the required signatures to appear on the ballot.

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Collecting Levitt nomination signatures in any of 10 counties we visited was effortless. Californians are ready for change.

US Senate candidate David Levitt's campaign achieved another milestone this week when the Voter Registrar and the Secretary of State announced nominating signatures far in excess of the requirements for Senate nomination.

The Levitt campaign received advance notice last week when the Sonoma County Registrar alone counted 70 valid ballot nomination signatures before last week's deadline for Petitions in Lieu of the FEC filing fee. Just 65 are required for the state. In the end, 121 signatures were counted toward a discount on the fee.

Computer scientist Levitt expects to appear on the June primary with Senator Feinstein and perhaps Republican Orly Taitz, the proud "Queen of the Birthers" who continues to question the president's birth place. Under California's new Prop 14 rules, this June there will be no separate Democratic primary, just one primary where the "top two" vote-getters win. Though they are both running as Democrats, both Levitt and Feinstein could appear on the November ballot.

Along with investing in jobs and education, Levitt is campaigning on ending the costly Afghanistan and Drug wars, and offering universal Single Payer health care like other industrialized nations -- ideas that win in polls but aren't advocated by either party.

Levitt 2012 campaign manager Sheila Harden explains, "It was effortless to collect signatures in any of 10 counties we visited. Californians are ready for change."

"Senator Feinstein has spent 20 years in a known 'safe' Senate seat. In a healthy democracy a candidate with a 'safe' seat is broadly popular, eager to debate and compete on a level playing field," says Dr. Levitt. "But in money-driven 20th century US politics, 'safe' increasingly meant party money, name recognition, power of office, and corporate campaign funds. If every opponent surrenders in this money race, and neither the Republican party nor the Democrats offer campaign funds to an opponent, the result is often decided long before the election: 'More of the same.' The 'safe' seat often goes on for decades."

Senator Feinstein raised more than 30 times her opponents combined in 2006, and loaned her campaign $5M from her personal fortune last year.

"This happens all over the country -- especially in Southern states where party Democrats refuse to oppose Republican candidates," explains Levitt. "And it's a big part of the reason polls give Congress a 5% approval rating and most Americans literally think they should all be replaced."

"The time when money and ads dominate will end, as voters find alternatives. Today we can debate online and campaign using free video rather than expensive ads. In California, the most broadband wired state in the union, we can have a 2012 race about ideas and policy differences rather than money -- especially if Senator Feinstein wants that."

The David Levitt for US Senate 2012 Campaign is at Levitt2012.org on the web, at Levitt2012 on Twitter, and DavidLevitt2012 on YouTube, and on Facebook.

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