The Commission on Presidential Debates is a charade. It may have a name that sounds official but in fact it is a corporation created by Democratic and Republican political operatives and funded by big business interests to keep independent parties like the Green and Libertatian Party and candidates out of the presidential debates. A law suit has been filed to require the so-called Commission become non-partisan and us objective criteria to determine debate participation. This would be long overdue changes because non-participation in presidential debates is a barrier to fair elections. The Green Party of the United States has joined in a lawsuit filed in a federal district court in Washington, D.C. on Monday alleging that third-party and independent candidates have been illegally excluded from the televised presidential debates in general elections. The lawsuit charges that the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) and certain of its directors have violated federal election law.