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Bob Barr sued by ghostwriter

The former congressman from Georgia who joined the Libertarian Party and became its 2008 presidential candidate gets some unwelcome attention from Jim Bovard, a prolific libertarian writer who ghosted Barr's campaign book. After waiting for two years without being fully paid for his services, Bovard's suing.

Wherefore, Plaintiff Jim Bovard demands judgment as to breach of contract against Defendant for the sum of $47,000.00, plus pre- and post-judgement interest, and such other and further relief as to the Court seems just and proper.

I covered the Barr campaign and watched Barr apologize for his record in Congress to win over an initially skeptical libertarian movement, for which he's become a reliable, attention-getting spokesman. His presidential campaign, however, was a bit of a mess -- raising less than $1.5 million, going into debt and getting into a useless spat with Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.). Its immediate legacy has been the prominence of Wayne Allyn Root, a betting expert who penned a book called "The Conscience of a Libertarian," frequently appears on Fox News and is running for Libertarian Party chairman.

UPDATE: Barr's 2008 campaign manager Russ Verney confirmed that there's an effort underway to raise enough money to pay Bovard.

"We owe him some money and we intend to pay it," said Verney. "If he's sending out press releases about it, he could add a donation button. We could use it. If there are libertarians who want to make sure Jim gets paid, they can donate to us."

Verney has been struggling to pay off the campaign's debts by issuing occasional fundraising appeals and by trying to find renters for the campaign's donor list.

By David Weigel  |  May 7, 2010; 1:15 PM ET
Categories:  Libertarians  
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