From Robert Kraus:
A lot going on in KC especially Fri so just wanted to summarize everything:
Hotel Info: Holiday Inn KCI Expo Center – 11728 NW Ambassador Drive – Kansas City, MO 64153 – http://www.kciexpo.com/ – note full hot breakfast is included in our rate – for airport pickup please call (816) 891-7694
Walk-thru & Happy Hour Event: Please meet in lobby 5 pm Fri 08/18 for a quick 20 min walk thru of the Expo Center followed by a complimentary happy hour (beer/wine/snacks) after the tour – we should be finished no later then 6 pm (great chance to pick up a free drink to take to the “room party” see below)
VIP Fundraising Event: Fri 08/18 @ 6:30 PM – The O’Toole & Spragins Residence – 3425 Gladstone Blvd – Kansas City, MO 64123 – full details here (RSVP at bottom of page): https://vip.lp.org/kansas-city/
Room Party: Fri 08/18 drop by anytime between 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm – Michael Chastain’s room – Bring your own beverage (we will have someone post room # to list Fri once Michael is checked in)
LNC Meeting Sat/Sun: Missouri Ballroom on 1st Floor of Hotel – time typically 9 am – 6 pm Sat & 9 am – 3 pm Sun. A KC BBQ will be served for lunch Sat around 12:15pm
The 2016 National Convention minutes are approved and can be viewed here. The delay was due to the fact that I had previously objected to the minutes when initially presented due to what I believed was inappropriate editorializing about Robert’s Rules of Order. The comments, which were originally in the text of the minutes, now appear as an appendix. I still objected as this is still considered part of the minutes, and I don’t believe any editorializing belongs in the minutes—as appendixes or otherwise. However, these minutes did pass the threshold required for a vote. It is not that I don’t find the appendixes useful; in fact, quite the opposite. I simply believe that they belong in an editorial comment in which perhaps all of the convention officials could offer helpful commentary.
We’ve got our events function working on LP.org. Events are limited to national LP events, LNC meetings, LNC subcommittee meetings, and state conventions. That’s a quick summary of what’s allowed there. No local meetings or routine state party meetings.
To have an event listed, like a historical preservation committee meeting, or an affiliate support committee meeting, send the details to Bob Johnston .
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From Alicia on the LNC List:
We hit a milestone this week, as someone posted their 1000th email of this LNC term to the LNC-Business list. (cue balloons & confetti)
With 3554 emails sent by 28 senders so far this term, as of a few minutes ago, the top ten email posters are:
Harlos – 1015
Starchild – 295
Katz – 256
Mattson – 243
Moellman – 224
Demarest – 201
Hayes – 198
Goldstein – 188
Benedict – 136
Bilyeu – 132
The average person has sent 127 emails.
The bottom 20 posters have sent a combined 934 emails.
The Libertarian Party of Nevada led the way in issuing a resolution in support of two jailed Libertarian activists in Cuba and through Starchild had asked the LNC to issue a similar resolution (several states including Indiana, Oklahoma, and New Hampshire joined Nevada). That motion failed 9-7-1 for multiple reasons, none of which I believe were persuasive. In the interest of saying something – even if I believed it substantially weaker than necessary – after working with several other LNC members and the Nevada Board Member championing this cause, a revised resolution was put forth as follows:
The Libertarian National Committee expresses shock and concern for the detention of libertarian activists Ubaldo Herrera Hernandez and Manuel Velasquez by agents of the Castro regime in Cuba on February 2, whose unexplained detention raises suspicions that these political prisoners were targeted for their peaceful activism promoting limited government and free markets. The two men are believed to be political prisoners imprisoned in the infamous Melena II facility, known for appalling living and working conditions. We further ask for an inquiry and response from the Castro regime for information related to their detention, an accurate and complete register of charges, and and for assurances that they will receive fair and open trials on any legitimate charges. We further ask that the Cuban government for their immediate release should such information and assurances not be forthcoming. We encourage Libertarian Party members and supporters to contact their elected officials toward that end, and further ask that the International Alliance of Libertarian Parties join us in applying diplomatic pressure for the Castro regime to release information related to their detention and call upon the national and international media to join us in these efforts.
It is presently in limbo awaiting an additional co-sponsor. I urge you to read the original Nevada resolution and perhaps ask your state affiliate to consider its adoption.
The original vote was:
Voting “aye”: Demarest, Hagan, Harlos, Hewitt, Lark, Marsh, Sarwark, Starchild, Vohra
Voting “nay”: Bilyeu, Bittner, Goldstein, Hayes, Katz, Mattson, Redpath
Express abstention: McKnight
The December End-of-Month Financial Reports are attached. The reserved was at $232,692. This is after paying the extra $100,000 toward the mortgage’s principle.
Support and revenue for the year was $2,624,990 versus a budget of $1,907,869, and the year had a surplus of $274,327. Total expenses were below budget, but some expenses ended over budget. In particular Administrative Costs, Member Communication (LP News), and Building Fundraising Expenses were more than 10% over their budgeted amounts.
You can view the report here.
The January Membership Report has been released, and a copy can be found here. I have started to compile a running chart of how our Region’s BSM numbers are growing.
This report has some interesting charts as usual.
Active Donors are rising again:
New Donors are back up:
Lapsed donors are decreasing once again (good news!):
But renewing donors back down:
But since this gives us the whole of 2016 let’s take a bit of a look. Active donors are up around 75%. That’s incredible. Lapsed donor trends are only slightly up. New donors are averaged down but that is only because of a huge spike after convention — they are up. Renewing donors are the only figure that is down, and this from before convention, so we are not only losing (in average) those who were only excited about the campaign, but more established members. This is an area to watch out for.
An issue came up on the LNC list that I believe needs some discussion, particularly one point that has placed Region 1 (and we are 9 states) at a distinct disadvantage and advantaged the east coast regions and representatives. Region 7 Representative Demarest stated it well:
I have absolutely no concerns about Nick’s and Robert’s abilities to make a wise decision (or recommendation) on the meeting location. I also understand the need for a reasonably prompt location decision so we can get on with travel and lodging arrangements. However, in addition to Starchild’s legitimate transparency concerns on proposal specifics, this top-down approach makes a mockery of asking LNC members where they would like to hold meetings. It suggests that meeting location criteria are driven primarily by LNC staff preferences and travel costs paid from the LNC budget rather than LNC member preferences and self-funded travel expenses. Further, I strongly suspect that some LNC member location suggestions were expediently ignored because no 2020/22 convention cost and suitability information had been gathered for those locations.
I have bolded the part that I wish to bring out. Our last meeting was in Virginia, just a drive for some LNC members and alternates, and the next one will be nearly in Pennsylvania, and the same members get to save hundreds of dollars and also have their alternates (if regional) easily attend. This is patently not balanced to those of us farther away. These two decisions personally cost me over $500 and have made it very unlikely that the Region 1 alternate can attend, effectively silencing a voice that could be there to speak for us.
The absolute fact of the self-funded nature of LNC members MUST be taken into considered, not mere “average” costs which ALWAYS turns out to be higher for some and effectively privileges others. For this last trip, I literally can get to Alaska at the same cost.
If you would like to help me crowdfund LP-related expenses this year, please click here.
The December 2015 Year-End Audited Financial Statement report is now available here.
From the LNC List: The October End-of-Month Financial Reports are attached. The October End-of-Month Financial Reports are attached. The reserve dropped to $415,669, which is $370,377 above the reserve target of $45,292. October had some extra expenses: $20,000 contributed to the Mark Miller Campaign, $15,500 for the annual audit, and $6,400 Kentucky legal expenses.
You can view the report here.