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Mega-mouth talk show host Howard Stern said he won't run for governor of New York State because he doesn't want to disclose his earnings (as required by law of a candidate). Stern had announced he would be the Libertarian candidate for governor this March. While he was never taken seriously by pundits, the struggling New York Libertarian Party managed to double its membership during Stern's brief candidacy to 800, a party official told TIME Daily. "He gave us the equivalent of millions of dollars of free publicity," says Blay Tarnoff, ballot access coordinater for the Libertarians, and an ardent Stern for Guv supporter. Left unsaid was the distinct probability that the Libertarians failed to gather the number of voter signatures required for putting Stern's name on the ballot.