I think I was more surprised that Chairman Lines was when, in March, he expressed that he was "surprised" that we were $220,000 in debt. Now, I want to know several things.

1. How did this happen, when he was the treasurer, AND in charge of expenditures?

2. Who authorized these expenditures?

3. What was this $220,000 spent on, (an itemized list)?

4. Did the executive committee approve this $220,000?

5. Now that Chairman Lines is our party chairman, surely he has found out the particulars about this $220,000, right?

6. If, in fact, (then treasurer) Lines was later surprised by the $220,000 debt, what actions has he now taken to hold accountable those whom apparently absconded with party money when HE WAS in charge of those funds – and apparently not watching?

7. Was (then treasurer) Lines, actually on the job and doing the job as treasurer?

8. How did someone else get access to state party funds without his knowledge?

9. Have laws been broken?

10. If so, what charges have been filed?

11. Is (then treasurer) Chairman Lines, in violation of the law by allowing these expenditures without (as he now claims) his knowledge?

From our bylaws, duties of the treasurer: “The treasurer shall receive all monies provided for the state committee, be custodian of the funds received, and disburse same upon order of the state chairman. All checks shall be signed by the treasurer…”

Based just upon the above duties of the treasurer, certainly, the above questions are appropriate.

Spelled out in the bylaws in regard to the Executive Committee: “...the executive committee shall approve the annual budget and review and counsel the state chairman on all programs relating to the state party….”

Again, for an expenditure of $220,000, surely an item this size should have been a budgeted item! If not, why not?

Is the contributions to the state party not something that our state leaders should have significant fiscal accountability for, especially in the sums mentioned by party leaders?

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