Arizona Citizens Supporting Honest Representative Government At All Levels
From Chairman Russell Sais, La Paz County:
Okay, I have cherry picked our bylaws. Following are those that I feel may apply to our problem. It appears that we could attempt to call a special meeting, to determine a few things.
What happened to the $220,000 that Lines was surprised about in the March meeting. (I ask 11 questions about this money in a post here about a week ago). Do I need to repost them?
When has the exec committee (and why have they not) been presented with a budget to approve.
A demand in regard to how come Gabby and Bob have not been granted proper access.
It is my view that we need a legal beagle to write up the demand for a special meeting, and proceed to follow the bylaws in regard to getting a call issued. Doing so would do a couple of things. One would be to force them to give Gabby the proper contact information so she can make the call. AND, if they still refuse, then it becomes a legal offense I think.
Anyway, look at the excerpts below, and lets see if we can actually pull off getting a special meeting underway.
I wrote a letter 8 days ago to Lines, giving him 7 days to respond to me with an or else attached. I will post it here shortly for your review.
Article III — MEETINGS
C. Special Meeting
4 Special Meetings
D. Removal of Officers
F. Duties of Elective Officers
G. Duties of Appointive Officers
3. General Counsel
A. Executive Committee
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?
Are 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?
This is interesting. What you have set is a "gotcha trap". Lines either has to reply, answer the questions or sit and sweat that a lawsuit is going to be filed to which he will HAVE to respond. The many refusals to provide legitimate information when asked for is, to say the least, suspicious. If he tries to dodge, his situation becomes still worse as the lawsuit can still be filed, though he can fight it for awhile. My guess is that the answers, when found, will lead to a number of other people who are acting well outside the law and my guess is criminality. My bet is that the path will lead ever higher.
I was not attempting to set any sort of trap. JUST to get answers, even communication would be better than nothing, which is what I have now. In that he has not bothered to reply, my next step should be what?
I am very suspicious at this point in time, and now suspect that the party has been taken to the cleaners by at least Graham, and likely with Lines standing by, for he WAS the treasurer.
Obviously, bylaws mean nothing to them, so what's the next step? I for one, am willing to go there!
FOR REAL TREASURERS REPORT.....MIGHT BE TIMOTHY LEE HAS THEM AS HE IS THE ONE WHO WAS TEACHING LD TREASURERS HOW TO PROPERLY DO THEIR FILINGS?????!!!!!!! WHO KNOWS AND HAVE THEY DESTROYED RECORDS BY NOW????? WHO KNOWS!!!!!
Russell - You probably have found the target of the smoking gun. No doubt the McCain corruption lawyer team are confident in defending the actions of Graham and then Lines. Everyone should see:
Establishment syndicate’s building blocks carefully being put in place to aid Flake
Russell you asked:
"What was this $220,000 spent on, (an itemized list)?" No it was the unrecognized debt that Lines inherited from Graham.
"Did the executive committee approve this $220,000?" I doubt you will find anything in the Exec-Comm minutes - so NO.
I am sure the books have been reworked so that the real use of $220,000 has been buried. Lines was the incognito Treasurer and I could just about guarantee that now as an absentee Chairman, the entire AZGOP operation is under the McCain - McKinney control. The AZGOP swamp is very deep in elite alligators.
AMEN YOU CALLED IT RIGHT I WOULD SAY~~~~
Disagree somewhat with your statement that Lines "inherited" the debt. He, as the treasurer, had to know what Graham was doing.
It is fraud, embezzlement, something. Of that, I am pretty much positive. So, what's the next step? I am absolutely ready!!!
I stand corrected...It was not $220,000, it was $250,000. Per the minutes of the Mar 11 meeting.
Not better, but worse scenario! But, what's $30,000 to these people anyway? It's somebody else's money, right? Sheesh!