- American Reform Party
Infobox American Political Party
party_name = American Reform Party
colorcode = #FFFFFF
foundation = 1997
website = http://www.americanreform.org/
The American Reform Party is a minor
political partyin the United Statesthat was formed in a factional split from the larger Reform Party of the United States in October 1997. The split occurred when some members of the Reform Party, believing that party founder Ross Perothad rigged the party's 1996 presidential nomination for himself, walked out of the national convention.
Party Chairman Roy Downing has said the split was came about when it was "discovered [the Reform Party] was a top down party instead of a bottoms up organization." [ [http://www.ahherald.com/content/view/3623/28/ Atlantic Herald - Fall of the Reform Party ] ] Although members of the group attempted to persuade former
ColoradoGovernor Dick Lamm, Perot's chief rival for the nomination, to run for president as an Independent, he declined, pointing out that he had promised before running that he would not challenge the party's decision.
Since then, the ARP has yet to organize in more than a few states. In both 2000 and 2004, the American Reform Party supported
Ralph Naderfor president.
In New York State, the Integrity Party is an American Reform Party affiliate. The group, led by
Darren_Johnson_(New_York), used the state's fusion election system in cross-endorsing a Democratic sheriff candidate, Vincent Demarco, in Suffolk County, helping him narrowly win election. The party has also run a host of other candidates and attempted to go statewide in 2006 in fielding a candidate against Eliot Spitzer for Governor.
The American Reform Party is not a political party in the conventional sense. It does not have ballot access in any state, and it does not run candidates. It supports third party candidates and independents.
The Reform Party of Northern Mariana Islands is an affiliate of the American Reform Party.
* [http://www.americanreform.org/ American Reform Party]
* [http://www.integrityparty.com/ New York State Integrity Party]
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