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Steele ally threatens legal action at RNC
Intraparty rift intensifies over treasurer’s disclosures
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The vicious infighting at the Republican National Committee escalated over the weekend, with an ally of RNC Chairman Michael S. Steele warning the party’s treasurer of legal consequences if he did not stop making a fuss over erroneous financial disclosures to the Federal Election Commission.
New Mexico RNC member Patrick J. Rogers told Treasurer Randy Pullen on committee letterhead that his disclosures about millions of dollars in unreported debt “are covered by attorney-client privilege or the fiduciary requirements of corporate officers.”
At one point in his letter, Mr. Rogers, who is Mr. Steele’s appointee to the RNC’s powerful executive committee, tells Mr. Pullen that the “dissemination of sensitive information under the circumstances (as I understand them) appears problematic as a legal matter.”
The Rogers letter reached Mr. Pullen on Sunday as the treasurer was preparing to inform budget committee members for the first time that he had uncovered on July 22 “approximately $700,000 to $1 million in undisclosed expenditures, some dating back to March.”
The amount comes in addition to more than $7 million in debts that were not reported to the FEC for April and May. Mr. Pullen filed amended returns with the FEC last month and notified the RNC budget panel.
“On a subsequent check run last week, I identified additional invoices that need to be reviewed,” Mr. Pullen wrote in his newest note, adding that this “is likely to require additional amendments” to the financial reports that party treasurers are required to file monthly with the FEC.
Mr. Rogers sent copies of his letter to fellow executive committee members, in which he accused Mr. Pullen of distributing what he called proprietary information to The Washington Times and other media outlets.
Mr. Pullen immediately responded with his own missive to the panel. He has told Mr. Steele and his allies privately that he is sick of their efforts to keep him from information about what the RNC owes vendors.
The latest revelation pointing to possible fiscal mismanagement threatens to dominate the agenda when the GOP’s governing bodys 168 elected members convene in Kansas City, Mo., on Wednesday for their annual summer meeting.
In his letter to Mr. Pullen, Mr. Rogers, who voted for Mr. Steele in the January 2009 election for RNC chairman, mentions a July 21 memo to all 168 RNC members and signed by RNC attorneys Tom Josefiak and Michael Toner, both former FEC chairmen.
They flatly reject Mr. Pullen’s contention that the RNC ever “carried” $7 million in debt that should have been reported to the FEC. While the Josefiak-Toner memo is technically correct, the RNC has carried $3.3 million in unreported debt in April, most of which was paid the next month, and $3.8 million in May that was paid in June.
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About the Author
Chief political writer Ralph Z. Hallow served on the Chicago Tribune, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Washington Times editorial boards, was Ford Foundation Fellow in Urban Journalism at Northwestern University, resident at Columbia University Editorial-Page Editors Seminar and has filed from Berlin, Bonn, London, Paris, Geneva, Vienna, Amman, Beirut, Cairo, Damascus, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Belgrade, Bucharest, Panama and Guatemala.
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