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In July, The Times reported that Mr. Pullen said the April and May debts had been hidden from him by Mr. Steele’s chief of staff, Michael Leavitt, on direct orders from Mr. Steele.

An angry and frustrated Mr. Pullen sent the following memo to Mr. Steele on May 20: “At the direction of your COS [chief of staff], I am precluded from inquiring of staff about financial transactions without first getting his approval. He has no authority to do this unless you have so instructed him. This order to staff is inappropriate. Please let me know what you intend to do.”

Mr. Steele did not respond to Mr. Pullen, and the RNC denied silencing staffers; but Mr. Pullen said financial staff then became responsive to his queries about past-due invoices.

Mr. Pullen’s latest debt disclosure contradicts the following unpublicized “affidavit of disclosure” that Mr. Leavitt and Mr. Josefiak had signed before Mr. Pullen filed his July 20 FEC report.

“As of July 19, 2010, I hereby affirm that all invoices received or payments owed on contracts by the Republican National Committee on or before June 15, 2010 have been shown or disclosed to Randy Pullen, elected Treasurer of the Republican National Committee and that to the best of my knowledge and belief there are no others.”

Mr. Pullen or anyone else who is a national party’s treasurer has reason beyond the desire for honest governance to dot his i’s and cross his t’s on FEC reports - the intentional falsification of such reports can result in criminal prosecution.