December 2017 End-of-Month Financial Report Released

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The December End-of-Month Financial Reports are attached.

The year ended with a deficit of $41,424 versus a budgeted deficit of $284,900. Total Revenues for 2017 were $1,585,994, which is $86,794 higher than the budget. Total Expenses were $1,627,418, which is $156,682 below the budget.

The Policy Manual requires me to report to the LNC budget lines that exceed the budgeted expense amount by 10% or $100, whichever is more. The 50-Affiliate Support Expense was $55,356. Its budget was $45,000, so Affiliate Support went over budget by $10,356 or 23%.

The LNC had $6,831 of prepaid convention expenses and $101,728 of deferred convention revenue in 2017, both of which will be booked in 2018.


Tim Hagan
Treasurer, Libertarian National Committee

You can view the report here.

January 2018 Membership Report

membshipreport-smallThe January 2018 Membership Report had been released earlier this month, and a copy can be found here. I see also that I did not post the December 2017 report which can be found here.

Here are the Region 1 Membership comparisons. Yellow indicates a positive change, green is no change, and pink is a negative change.

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Active Donors have evened out as expected/predicted:

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New Donors have evened out also as expected/prediced:

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Lapsed donors are down (this is a number we want to be down – and these numbers have evened out like the others):

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And renewing donors are up, and the trend is upward:

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Results of Special Meeting to Suspend/Censure Vice Chair Arvin Vohra

A motion to suspend failed. I voted in favour as directed.

I moved a motion to censure. It passed 9-7.

Whereas, Vice Chair Arvin Vohra’s public discourse has repeatedly included inflammatory, and insulting remarks which bring the Party, its candidates, and its principles into disrepute;

Whereas, Mr. Vohra has behaved in a way that violates his fidiciary duty to the Party, its members, and its principles;

Whereas Mr. Vohra’s remarks have destructively stereotyped party members and large segments of the population, a behavior completely at odds with our Party’s philosophy of recognizing and treating people as individuals;

Whereas, Mr. Vohra’s comments have caused wide-spread offense, and the result is that the LNC, its committees, and Party affiliates are distracted from productive activities;

Therefore, be it resolved, that the Libertarian National Committee censures Arvin Vohra.

To all members, I believe, no matter what side, if any, you were on in this issue that the debate was well-done and in good faith by all concerned making the difficult decisions that they were elected to do. There was quite a bit of uncivil commentary in the chat window, and I would urge everyone to be better than that.

The Latest in As the LNC Turns

lnc copyThis is what I sent to my region one chairs:

Hello everyone. AZ has a new state chair but as he has not been privy to the whole of this discussions, I am not including AZ on this because it is nearly its end. For the record AZ passed a resolution this weekend condemning any support of pedophilia and hebephilia which obviously is in direct response to this situation.

The censure motion will fail. Nearly all the yes’s have changed their vote to no. Arvin posted a defense which was more of the same – you can read on the LNC list (and I encourage you to, and he posted on the state chairs list) but the tldr; is empathy fails, being an asshole works. I don’t agree, and that is not what I signed up for. I suspect that is not what many of you signed up for either.

My vote remains yes. The no votes now are for various reasons. I suspect but cannot prove that the over-reaching letter from counsel was pivotal. Others do not like the wording of the censure motion as it does not take a side in the age of consent debate. Some want to claim that NONE of Arvin’s points were Libertarian. Others think some were and some were not (I fall in that camp). But what this has devolved into is factional jockeying about who gets to interpret the Platform and thus get the upper hand in the ideological struggle. Which is exactly what Arvin wanted. To make this into an ideological dispute and not one of professionalism, breach of duty, and proper conduct of leaders. I am deeply saddened. The vast majority of region 1 chairs told me that they agreed with much but not all of what he said. Yet some on the LNC are trying to condemn it all and – that is nakedly a factional issue.

The 2/2 meeting will be a farce. Nothing acceptable to Region 1 will come out of it. I will attend and argue as that is my instructions, but I am writing to see if in any of this you wish to change my instructions.

My recommendation to Region 1 states no matter where you stand. Issue your own resolutions and come to grips with the idea what the LNC is not capable of doing anything about this situation. I say this with regret.

I am going to advise them to have me abstain in absolute protest and for Region 1 to take its own stand. We bow down to the national party too much, that has also been my position, and remains so.

The LNC owes Trump an apology. Apparently all of our criticism for his boorish despicable behaviour was showboating. And our criticism of Roy Moore should be pulled as rank political opportunism.

PS: For those of you that are going to use this to attack Chair Sarwark once again, you don’t understand how the LNC works. The Chair facilitates the will of the LNC. He does not direct it. He stays out of these disputes until his vote is needed for a tie-breaker.

Update on Arvin Vohra LNC Discussion and Action

Screen Shot 2018-01-26 at 11.18.02 PMMerissa Hamilton of AZ had reported Vohra for Policy Manual violations. I had told her at the time that I did not think the Policy Manual was at issue here, and that this involved different issues. Attached please find our counsel’s report that found no Policy Manual violation. I disagree with him on one point in which I think he incorrectly split hairs, but since I never thought it was a Policy Manual issue, I came to the same conclusion from a different perspective. The report can be found here. Vohra waived confidentiality on the report.

I wanted to provide this in case any of this information would cause any state to reconsider any prior positions.

Also a special meeting has been successfully called for for 2/2 on the issue of possible suspension. Realistically it is not going to pass. Here are the reasons why:
The censure motion will be done prior to then. So far the vote is 5-4 in favour and pursuant to my instructions, I voted yes. I can withdraw or change my vote any time prior to the expiration on January 30 2018.

If the censure motion does not pass, then certainly a suspension will not. And if it does pass, the mood will be that such is sufficient.

Unless I hear otherwise in instructions from you, I will be supporting suspension. The state tally is:

Alaska: Yes
Arizona: Recused
Colorado: Yes (a board member disputes the authority of the chair to make that call)
Hawaii: Yes
Kansas: Yes
Montana: Yes
Utah: No
Washington: No position
Wyoming: Yes

Out of eight potential states included the tally would be 6-1-no answer. which meets the 2/3 for suspension and majority for censure. If I included seven states (since WA has no position, and I generally would not count a non-response, but due to the seriousness of this issue I will), it would obviously still meet both thresholds.

November 2017 End-of-Month Financial Report Released

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The November End-of-Month Financial Reports are attached. The reserve had dropped to $55,635, which is slightly below the target of $57,042. We received the first payment from the Clinard bequest in December, so I expect the reserve will be back above the target.


Tim Hagan
Treasurer, Libertarian National Committee

You can view the report here.

Misc Email Ballot Results

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Email Ballot 2017-22: Appoint Nanna to Ballot Access Committee

Voting has ended for the email ballot shown below:

Voting “aye”: Bilyeu, Demarest, Goldstein, Harlos, Hayes, Katz, Lark, Marsh, McKnight, Redpath, Van Horn, Vohra

Voting “nay”: (none)

Express Abstention: Starchild

With a final vote tally of 12-0, the motion PASSES.

Email Ballot 2017-23: Appoint Van Horn to Social Media Process Review Committee

Voting has ended for the email ballot shown below:

Voting “aye”: Bilyeu, Demarest, Goldstein, Hagan, Harlos, Hayes, Hewitt, Katz, Lark, Marsh, Mattson, McKnight, Van Horn

Voting “nay”: (none)

With a final vote tally of 13-0, the motion PASSES.

Region 1 Fourth Quarter Report

statescollagedropshadowThe Region 1 report for the December 9-10 LNC meeting has been turned in and is available for viewing here.

Details for the LNC Meeting December 9-10, 2017 can be found here.

Live blogging will take place at Independent Political Report here: http://independentpoliticalreport.com/2017/12/live-blogging-the-libertarian-party-national-committee-meeting-december-9-10-2017/

Live Broadcast: The LNC will attempt to stream the meeting live on the Internet. Be advised that broadcast quality has sometimes been low and intermittent. http://www.ustream.tv/channel/libertarian-party1

November 2017 Membership Report

membshipreport-smallThe November 2017 Membership Report has been released, and a copy can be found here.

Here are the Region 1 Membership comparisons. Yellow indicates a positive change, green is no change, and pink is a negative change.

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Membership rankings (since not just Region 1 people read this):

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Active Donors have evened out as expected/predicted:

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New Donors have evened out also as expected/prediced:

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Lapsed donors are down (this is a number we want to be down):

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And renewing donors are down, but the trend is upward.

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Email Ballot 2017-20: Increase Branding Budget 4

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Co-Sponsors: Hagan, Hayes, Harlos, Goldstein

Motion: to increase the budgets for both Line 26-Brand Development/Political Materials Revenue and Line 55-Brand Development/Political Materials Expenses from $60,000 each to $80,000 each

Voting “aye”: Bilyeu, Bittner, Demarest, Goldstein, Hagan, Harlos, Hayes, Katz, Marsh, McKnight

Voting “nay”: (none)

Express Abstention: Lark

Doubtful vote: Redpath

With a final vote tally of 10-0, the motion PASSES.