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Lawyer, 1980 United States Presidential candidate for the Libertarian Party
Ed Clark

Edward E. Clark (born 4 May 1930) is an American lawyer and politician who ran for Governor of California in 1978, and for President of the United States as the nominee of the Libertarian Party in the 1980 presidential election.


Clark, Ed (1930-), by David Boaz, The Encyclopedia of Libertarianism, 15 Aug 2008
Biographical essay
Edward Emerson Clark is an attorney and the 1980 Libertarian Party presidential nominee. Ed Clark, a corporate attorney in New York and Los Angeles, opposed the Vietnam War while remaining a Republican, but when President Richard Nixon imposed wage and price controls in 1972, he joined the Libertarian Party and quickly became a member of its national committee and California State Chair. In 1978, he stood as the Libertarian candidate for governor of California, winning 377,960 votes, or about 5.5% of the total cast. That success led to his selection as the party's 1980 presidential nominee.
Related Topic: Libertarian Party


4 May 1930, Edward Emerson Clark, in Middleborough, Massachusetts


Advocates for Self-Government, Board of Advisors

Web Pages

Libertarian Party: Campaign 2000: Presidential Campaign
Includes introduction, look back at previous presidential campaigns and basic information and links for the nominees: Harry Browne and Art Olivier
In 1980, the party ran Ed Clark and businessman David Koch as its presidential and vice-presidential candidates. The team of Clark, a popular attorney who had won 5% in a race for governor of California, and Koch, whose millions helped the party to wage an unprecedented ad campaign, raked in an impressive 921,199 votes and made the ballot in all 50 states (plus DC).
Libertarian Party: History: Presidential & Vice-Presidential Candidates
Includes campaign poster and cover of campaign book
1980: Clark/Koch
Presidential Candidate: Ed Clark
Vice Presidential Candidate: David Koch
On the ballot: 50 states plus D.C.
Votes: 921,199
Campaign Book: A New Beginning
Related Topic: Libertarian Party


Clark For President: A Report on the 1980 Libertarian Presidential Campaign, by Edward H. Crane III (Communications Director), Chris Hocker (National Coordinator), Dec 1980
Post-mortem analysis of the Clark campaign, focusing on what the authors consider were the ten most important aspects, and in terms of what was learned that could be useful to later campaigns
The full time schedule for Ed Clark began July 1 ... [O]nly the 106 day period between July 1 and November 4 will be examined. During this period, Ed Clark made at least one personal appearance in 36 states plus the District of Columbia. The 14 states he missed were: ... (He had made campaign appearances in [five of the 14] between his nomination and July 1.) ... The campaign discovered during the first part of September that rallies for Clark on college campuses usually worked quite well ... Crowds were usually receptive and enthusiastic, and Clark's schedule included an average of one campus appearance per day ...
Libertarian Voters and the Libertarian Party, by David Boaz, 23 May 2008
Discusses the 2008 Libertarian Party presidential candidate nominees, the views of libertarian-leaning voters and the prospects for the LP
The party’s most successful presidential candidate was Ed Clark, who got 921,000 votes, about 1.1 percent, in 1980. Since then LP candidates have hovered around 400,000 votes ... In Beyond Liberal and Conservative, William S. Maddox and Stuart A. Lilie found that libertarians gave 17 percent of their votes to "other" candidates in 1980, presumably independent John B. Anderson and Libertarian Clark, though Clark and Anderson received only about 8 percent of the national total.

Books Authored

A New Beginning, Aug 1980
Introduction by Eugene McCarthy

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