Logan Clements, 2005
Libertarians were outraged by Kelo v. New London, the 2005 ruling in which the Supreme Court upheld a controversial eminent-domain seizure of private property for a private development, ostensibly for the “public purpose” of economic development. But Logan Clements, who had previously run in the star-studded 2003 California gubernatorial recall election, actually did something about it: he filed a petition to seize a Weare, N.H., home belonging to Justice David Souter, a member of the majority in the Kelo case, to turn it into the “Lost Liberty Hotel.” Clements argued, as the majority had, that this would be a public good, because tax revenues would go up. He collected more than enough signatures to get the measure on the ballot and started a reimbursement fund for Souter. Although the measure passed, a vote altered the wording of the measure, effectively killing its original purpose.