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   Berkeley Defense Group

PARTY INFORMATION

Abbreviation

BDG

Website

Link

Country

United States

Founded

01/01/1968

Disbanded

01/01/1969

Priority

0

Database Record

Posted 7/22/2006, Updated 7/22/2006

Historic Overview

Clip from a New York Times article 10/1968: "The Berkeley Defense Group, of Berkeley CA, which calls itself “an anti-Establishment organization opposed to Selective Service and the income tax,” has nominated for President its founder, Kent M. Soeters, a 22-year-old UCLA dropout. Soeters also ran for President “but just unofficially,” in 1964, when he was a high-school student in Los Angeles and too young to vote for himself. He kicked off his campaign this year at a “Potato Execution and Machine Smashing” on the Berkeley campus which was supposed to demonstrate that 'people will go to any political rally, no matter what the content,' and evidently made its point brilliantly. He hopes to do well as a write-in in California, where he has entered a full slate of Electors."


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