"The American Independent Party's roots date back to 1967 when George Wallace, a segregationist, launched his second run for the White House. Wallace, who had run as a Democrat in 1964, helped create the new party and ran on its ticket. Today, that party exists only in California.
"'We're not segregationist anymore,' said Markham Robinson, who serves as chairman of the American Independent Party's executive committee. 'What we are now is a conservative, constitutionalist party.'"
John Myers, Christine Mai-Duc, and Ben Welsh in the Los Angeles Times report the results of an investigation of AIP membership that found that "[n]early three in four people did not realize they had joined the party."