Daniel Imperato

Daniel J. Imperato
Born March 9, 1958 (1958-03-09) (age 53)
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Residence West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida
Occupation Presidential Candidate, Entrepreneur

Daniel Imperato (b. March 9, 1958, Boston, Massachusetts) is an American businessman, and was an unsuccessful candidate for the Libertarian Party nomination for President of the United States in 2008. Imperato has also unsuccessfully sought the Green Party, Reform Party, and Constitution Party[1] nominations. A resident of West Palm Beach, Florida, the 2008 election was Imperato's first run for political office. Imperato's campaign literature describes him as an "independent Libertarian" and an "alternative candidate" for the Presidency. He is married and has one stepson.


Early life

Imperato grew up in Revere, Massachusetts. Daniel is the son of Paul "Sonny" Imperato and the late Mary C. Imperato. The Imperatos were originally immigrants from Italy. When promoting The Red Worm (a film he supposedly produced), Imperato claimed his family was descended from the Roman Emperor Nero.[2]


Imperato is currently a Papal Knight [2] and a Knight of Malta [3].

Imperato was a board member and headed up the Palm Beach, Florida branch office of the African Center Foundation. Imperato's website claims the organization is a United Nations non-governmental organization [4] but in reality only works with the United Nations Economic and Social Council [5]. Imperato also is a Chaplain for the Latin/African American Chaplain's Association [6].


Imperato has also received several awards from the Republican Party. These awards include a 2004 NRCC (National Republican Congressional Committee) Honorary Chairman of the Business Advisory Council, a Ronald Reagan Gold Medal Winner, and a 2007 recipient of the Order of Merit from the NRCC.[3]


2008 Presidential campaign

Imperato participated in several candidate forums held by third parties, but never secured the nomination of any political party. He was vocal on many "culture war" issues, including keeping religious symbols, such as the Ten Commandments, and religious references, such as "In God We Trust", in American government.[4]

Imperato appealed very strongly to the Hispanic community with a pro-immigration policy, and has been covered by many Hispanic media outlets.[5] In October 2007, Imperato spoke at the Hispanic Achievers Awards Banquet and the HAP Institute Forum on Energy Policy in Las Vegas, Nevada [6] Imperato has supported ballot access for third parties, meeting with the Oklahomans for Ballot Access Reform Movement in Oklahoma.[7]

Imperato appeared in front of the Reform Party of the United States of America, for their consideration as their Presidential candidate in 2008.[citation needed] In addition, Imperato participated in a debate with other candidates at the Libertarian Party State Chairs Conference in Orlando on March 19, 2007. Imperato toured the country visiting Libertarian Conventions in ten states. .[8] At the North Carolina convention Imperto claimed he had spent about $2 million of his own money on his campaign,[9] but his Federal Election Commission filing did not collaborate this claim. It stated that he had personally contributed $77,945 of the $78,195 raised as of March 31, 2008.[10] Imperato was placed on the ballot for the Libertarian Party Presidential primary election in California.[11]

On July 10, 2007 He joined other candidates at the Independent Green Party of Virginia Presidential Debate at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., moderated by CBS newsman, and former host of Meet the Press, Marvin Kalb[12] On July 12–15, 2007 Imperato attended the Green Party national meeting in Reading, Pennsylvania. Imperato was among the ten candidates participating in a two hour forum before 200 Green Party delegates.[13]

In a field survey conducted by LibertarianLists of Libertarian Party, concluded March 11, 2007, 98 Libertarian National Convention delegates responded with zero (0%) preferring Imperato as the Libertarian Party nominee. The same field survey was provided to 677 Libertarian Party Members who responded with 4 (0.59%) who prefer Imperato for the nomination.[14]

On April 26, 2008, the Constitution Party held a convention to vote on its nominee. Imperato received one vote. Chuck Baldwin won the nomination with 383.8 votes.[1]

2010 Florida Gubernatorial race

Daniel Imperato qualified as a non partisan candidate for the 2010 Florida gubernatorial election by paying a fee.[15] Imperato received a little over 13,000 votes in the general election, which was less than one third of one percent of the total vote cast.

General Election Results[16]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Rick Scott & Jennifer Carroll 2,619,335 48.87%
Democratic Alex Sink & Rod Smith 2,557,785 47.72%
Independence Peter Allen & John E Zanni 123,831 2.31%
No party Michael E. Arth & Al Krulick 18,644 0.35%
No party Farid Khavari & Darcy G. Richardson 7,487 0.14%
No party C. C. Reed & Larry Waldo, Sr. 18,842 0.35%
No party Daniel Imperato & Karl C.C. Behm 13,690 0.26%
No party Josue Larose & Valencia St Louis (write-in) 121 0.00%
Totals 5,359,735 100%
Republican hold

Source: Florida Division of Elections


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