The Gary Johnson campaign started a ‘Money Bomb’ to celebrate the 9th anniversary of when Libertarian Party Presidential nominee Gary Johnson successfully climbed Mount Everest. Their goal was to raise $29,035 today and that has been exceeded, so the campaign scrambled and has said, “Let’s double it and get him back down.” So that is what is happening today, the campaign is seeking an additional $29,035 from enthusiastic Americans supporting his campaign. The $29,035 figure coincides with the 29,035 feet to Mount Everest’s summit – the highest place on Earth.
The concept of a ‘money bomb’ originally came from Trevor Lyman for Ron Paul’s 2008 campaign and was highly successful is raising funds in a short period of time. Since then the Paul campaign and other campaigns have copied the strategy.
Johnson will face Barack Obama and presumably Mitt Romney (potentially Ron Paul) in the November, 2012 general election for President of the United States. A recent poll by Rasmussen found 46% of likely voters were not happy with Obama or Romney, considering either of them a vote for the lesser of two evils. The Johnson campaign is working to appeal to those disenchanted voters.
Johnson’s biggest hurdle is getting his name out to the public as between 75-80% of Americans do not know who he is due to the mainstream media blackout of his candidacy. When news reports of the general election are aired, Johnson’s name is intentionally not included in the report even though he will be on the ballot in all 50 states and is a viable candidate.