* Analyze how many votes it would take to win office. One of the features of the FSP that has made it a success so far is that the leaders have established simple tangible goals, i.e. 5000 to vote on the state, 20000 before the move.
* Approach voters and ask them to sign a pledge to vote for me. Tell them I won't run until I have enough pre-votes to win.
* I could also set up milestone targets for fund raising, i.e. I won't ask for N amount in donations until I've reached X number of pledges.
* Once I had signed up sufficient number of pre-votes to win, only then would I actually enter the race.
What are the advantages?
* Rather than blow all of my resources on a single, probably-doomed-to-failure campaign, I could slowly grow my support base until it was large enough that I had a plausible chance of winning.
* Pre-voters don't have to worry about wasting their vote, since I wouldn't actually run until I had a decent chance of winning.
* It would give me a growing mailing list from to solicit volunteers, campaign contributions, organize meetings, etc.
* It could extend over multiple campaign cycles, giving me more time to build a support base, learn how to campaign, etc.
* It would not necessarily have the stench of futility that accompanies so many libertarian campaigns.
What are the disadvantages?
* Voters might forget that they had pledged.
* People might not care to listen or donate if you're not a "real" candidate.
* If it takes too long to reach critical mass, people might get discouraged.
* It might be illegal (violate election/racketeering laws?)
* You wouldn't qualify for matching funds in future elections.
Has anyone tried this approach?