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Lenny Ladner was a Democratic candidate in the 2008 congressional elections for the U.S. Senate in Tennessee. He was seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge incumbent Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.). He lost in the primary which took place on August 7, 2008.
On his website Ladner explains that he is running for office "because I have a friend with similar principles and beliefs running as a Republican. The only way we can get our voices heard is to run for office."
Positions, record and controversies
US Government and the United Nations
On his website Ladner states that "I will vote against any legislation or proposals which would increase the size, cost, reach or the power of the federal government". He also pledges to vote against any bill that would "increase the size, cost, reach or the power of the United nations." He argues that the expansion of the U.S. government since Roosevelt's 'New Deal' "has brought 'U.S.' dangerously close to Total government". He also states that the expansion of the United Nations "has brought 'U.S.' to the brink of a world dictatorship called 'A New World Order' in which our government will simply be an administrative agency of a world government."
Ladner has vowed to cut-off funding for non-governmental organizations, which he says "promote bigger government disguised as solutions to problems which they themselves have manufactured." Ladner said he would introduce legislation to stop all NGO funding by the U.S. government.
Intellectual property rights
Ladner proposed a change to existing copyright law: granting the fashion industry a copyright provision for designs. Ladner has argued that such designs are "stolen, manufactured, and produced at bargain basement prices," and that he would introduce a bill to help protect designers in the industry. The copyright would exist for 3-5 years. 
Money in politics
Committees and affiliations
Ladner will be assigned committees if and when he is elected to Congress.
More background data
Articles and resources
- 2008 U.S. congressional elections
- Portal:Tennessee and the U.S. Congress
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "Lenny Ladner for United States Senate", Lenny Ladner for United States Senate website, accessed July 2008.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Platform, Ladner4USSenate.com, retrieved July 7, 2008
- ↑ 2008 Race Tracker page on Tennessee's Senate race