Mark Axinn, LPNY Chair, announced the following on June 21, 2010:
Tonight, the Executive Committee of the the Libertarian National Committee voted to commit $25,000 towards the New York State petition drive on a motion made by Bill Redpath and seconded by Dr. James Lark. I was joined in the telephone conference by Warren's campaign manager, Eric Sundwall, whose assistance was tremendous. Now let's get ready to obtain the volunteer signatures needed to make up the difference! Thanks, all. Mark
This unexpected good news came on the evening of the day when Sam Sloan, State Representative for the Manhattan Libertarian Party, filed a lawsuit challenging the gubernatorial nomination of Warren Redlich by the Libertarian Party of New York.
Dr. Tom Stevens, LPQC Political Director, responded to this news with the following statement:
Mark Axinn deserves full credit for obtaining this financial contribution from the LNC Executive Committee. Frankly, I was surprised the National LP would commit such a substantial amount of money to New York State in a non-Presidential election year and when we have a gubernatorial candidate who is unlikely to draw the 50,000 votes we need to obtain Minor Party status under New York State law. I don't have the words to properly congratulate Mark Axinn for being able to convince the LNC Executive Committee to allocate these funds. It is a significant accomplishment for which he can be rightfully proud!