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November 8, 2016 — New York General Election
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November 8, 2016New York General Election

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Senators are elected to six-year terms to represent the people of their state in the federal government. They make new laws, hold hearings, approve presidential appointments, and help set priorities for U.S. policy.
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Libertarian
Entrepreneur - Financial Education Professional
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  • Alex Merced wants to work hard to stop the rapid inflation of the cost of living, end the drug war, and rethink foreign interventionism.
  • Alex Merced will reform policies that contribute to the inflation of Education, Healthcare, and Housing.
  • Address our Drug and Regime Change policies that cost lives and create instability at home and abroad.
Profession:Entrepreneur - Financial Education Professional
Founder & CEO, Merliva LLC (2016current)
Founder & Executive Editor, LibertarianWingMedia.com (2016current)
Training Specialist - Instructor, Greico Financial Training (2008current)
Ambassador, The Seasteading Institute (20112014)
Marketing Consultant, Freelance (20082009)
Bowling Green State University B.A., popular culture studies (2007)

Alex Merced was born in Hartford, CT in 1985. His mother an immigrant from Guatemala and his father from Puerto Rico. His parents split shortly after giving birth to his little brother.  Raising her two children in poverty, Alex’s Mom worked multiple jobs to keep food on the table while going to school so that one day she could provide her children with a better life. The struggles of his mom were a constant reminder to Alex of the importance of hard work and family. As time went on she graduated, got a job, and eventually bought a house in the suburbs (a true example of the American Dream).

During his childhood, Alex would stay up late on Friday nights to see 20/20 and always found John Stossel’s segments particularly thought provoking, but he didn’t yet understand why. For High School he attended Howell Cheney Technical Vocational School where he read the book Anthem by Ayn Rand, which Alex found compelling and always held in the back of his mind as it sparked a deep value for individuality.

Alex Merced then went to conduct his undergraduate study in Bowling Green State University in Ohio where his passion for music was satiated with involvement in the local college radio station (WBGUFM 88.1FM). He studied Sociology and Anthropology concepts in the school’s Popular Culture Studies program. During his time in Bowling Green Alex Merced would spend time as a Concert Promoter and the owner of a Hobby Gaming Store called The Gamers’ Lounge.

During a trip to Manila in between semesters, Alex Merced caught the Fox Business News Debate with the infamous confrontation between Rudy Giuliani and Ron Paul. This would spark a period of reflection and self-education that would unleash the libertarian perspective that Alex had, but never understood until then.

After graduation, Alex moved in with his Dad in Long Island in hopes of making it in the City of New York. He first found a marketing internship with fashion titans at Shane&Shawn where Alex made many of his most lasting New York friendships. Later, he spent a brief stint at a Broker Dealer and found his long time home training people in the finance industry as part of the Greico Financial Training team.

During this time, Alex also met the love of his life, Becky, whom he would later marry.

In 2013 Mr. Merced ran for NYC Public Advocate with the Libertarian Party, getting a respectable 10,400 votes.

Alex Merced is currently the Web Chair of the Brooklyn Libertarian Party and Co-Media Chair of the Manhattan Libertarian Party. Also this year, Alex started a new Social Media/Marketing consulting company, Merliva LLC.

  • Gary Johnson, 2012 & 2016 Libertarian Presidential Candidate
  • Austin Peterson, former candidate for the 2016 Libertarian Presidential Nomination
  • Larry Sharpe, former candidate for the 2016 Libertarian Vice Presidential Nomination
Total money raised: $2,772

Below are the top contributors that gave money to support the candidate(s).

1
Spectronics Corporation
$500
2
Manchester Memorial Hospital
$470
3
Batavia City Council
$345
4
Alex Merced
$287
5
City Md
$250

By State:

New York 83.04%
Connecticut 16.96%
83.04%16.96%

By Size:

Large contributions (100.00%)
Small contributions (0.00%)
100.00%

By Type:

From organizations (0.00%)
From individuals (100.00%)
100.00%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Alex Merced is a libertarian activist currently based out of Brooklyn, New York. He aims to focus on spreading a message of liberty that focuses not on the faults of government but the power of individuals to solve problems without the sluggish and flawed nature of the bureaucracy of centralized governance.

To sum up the values of Alex Merced:
  • Promoting Tolerance of Individuals’ Economic and Social Choices

  • Protecting Individuals’ rights to their justly acquired property

  • Promoting the benefits of decentralized governance and community/voluntary problem solving

  • Promoting a Peace Based foreign policy centered around Trade and Diplomacy, not an isolationist policy based on war and bribery

— October 20, 2016 Alex Merced for US Senate

Alex Merced discussing his views on the issues

Green
Artist & Organizer
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Profession:Artist & Organizer
Community Organizer, Neighborhoods First Alliance (2012current)
Freelance Filmmaker/Producer, New Growth Media (20072011)
Brand Ambassador, Various Companies (20032007)
CUNY School of Professional Studies M.A., applied theatre (current)
Rutgers University B.A., media & business (2008)
Total money raised: $2,238

Below are the top contributors that gave money to support the candidate(s).

1
GREEN PARTY OF NEW YORK STATE
$491
2
Group M
$300
2
United States Postal Service
$300
3
Imagine Software
$275
4
Nabewoniec, Jason M
$200
4
UPS
$200

By State:

New York 100.00%
100.00%

By Size:

Large contributions (100.00%)
Small contributions (0.00%)
100.00%

By Type:

From organizations (21.94%)
From individuals (78.06%)
21.94%78.06%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.
Republican, Conservative, Reform
Attorney
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Profession:Attorney
Law Clerk, Judge Ralph K. Winter on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York City (not availanot availa)
Law Clerk, Justice Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court of the United States (not availanot availa)
Litigation Partner, Kirkland & Ellis (not availanot availa)
Press Secretary, Office of Senator William L. Armstrong of Colorado (not availanot availa)
Press Secretary, Office of Senator Gordon J. Humphrey of New Hampshire (not availanot availa)
Northwestern University School of Law J.D. (not availa)
Dartmouth College A.B. (1982)
Total money raised: $252,684

Below are the top contributors that gave money to support the candidate(s).

1
Otis Eastern Service
$10,800
2
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
$6,200
3
Goldener Hirsch Inn
$5,400
3
The Cynosure Group
$5,400
4
Augeo Affinity Marketing
$5,000

By State:

New York 35.44%
Virginia 15.34%
California 5.24%
Utah 4.34%
Other 39.64%
35.44%15.34%39.64%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.04%)
Small contributions (0.96%)
99.04%

By Type:

From organizations (5.55%)
From individuals (94.45%)
94.45%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.
Democratic, Working Families, Independence, Women's Equality
Elected Official
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Profession:Elected Official
Senator, U.S. Senate — Elected position (1999current)
Chair, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (20052009)
Member, U.S. House of Representatives — Elected position (19811999)
Member, New York State Assembly — Elected position (19751980)
Harvard Law School J.D. (1974)
Harvard University Bachelor's (1971)
Total money raised: $16,873,339

Below are the top contributors that gave money to support the candidate(s).

1
Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton and Garrison LLP
$142,750
2
Deloitte
$102,240
3
Lockheed Martin
$100,950
4
PricewaterhouseCoopers
$99,000
5
KPMG
$85,800

By State:

New York 44.28%
District of Columbia 11.23%
California 10.04%
New Jersey 5.93%
Other 28.51%
44.28%11.23%10.04%28.51%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.51%)
Small contributions (0.49%)
99.51%

By Type:

From organizations (20.83%)
From individuals (79.17%)
20.83%79.17%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

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