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By York Van Nixon III
RNC Chairman Michael Steele, one-time Catholic seminarian, but better known for his gaffes about who sent us to war in Iraq and Afghanistan, may have serious problems after midterm elections. If he fails to raise enough money to help Republicans gain House seats in November, he may find himself back on his knees in supplication praying to keep his job. If on no other point, just about everyone agrees the GOP is a political party about “the money.” Not having enough is a mortal sin. With only $11 million in their kitty and $2 million in debt, get-out-to-vote (GOTV) may have to change to GBTM (go-borrow-the-money). The party of “no red ink” probably needs to tap into a line of credit in order to hawk their fiscal conservative platform to voters believing “we can save our way out of recession.” In the meantime, they should also think of better ways of lying about their financial position.
In June, the National Republican Congressional Committee paid a $10,000 fine after filing inaccurate financial reports. They claim errors are a result of fraud by former treasurer Christopher J. Ward, who is being investigated by the FBI for alleged wire transfers of GOP money into his personal accounts.
On July 20, the RNC filed amended financial reports showing about $3 million in debt for April and May that was previously unreported. The Federal Election Commission requires reporting of invoices 60 days past due to be listed as a debt.
As reported in Post Politics:
RNC Treasurer Randy Pullen said in a memo to the party’s budget committee that he had discovered unpaid bills for telemarketing, legal consulting and other services. Pullen accused RNC Chairman Michael S. Steele’s chief of staff of hiding invoices and telling staff members to withhold information from Pullen.
RNC spokesman Doug Heye later said, “The committee will continue to work very closely with our legal counsel and our treasurer to ensure that the RNC meets all FEC reporting requirements, as it has always done in the past.”
For a party accusing the current administration of “mismanagement,” they are certainly doing a poor job managing their campaign finances. It’s a stretch of any imagination to think they will do a better job based on their internal affairs and certainly on the past eight years. Nevertheless, the calls and pitches for money continue. On their “November Starts Now” on-line pledge page, the following spiel asks for donations:
“Barack Obama’s presidency has been a disaster. He is either unwilling to or incapable of doing his job. The economy is in shambles, the government is failing, and Americans are losing hope. Barack Obama was not ready to be President. He’s not the solution. You are.
You have the opportunity to turn our economy, our government, and our country around by electing Republicans and restoring your voice in Washington. But to win this fall, we must start today. It’s up to you to save your country. Are you ready? Because November starts now.”
Question: After eight years of turning a surplus into deficit, have Republicans lost the right to call themselves the party of fiscal conservatism? Please post your comments below.
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