The Board of the Libertarian Party of Colorado today declared that the state Party’s appointees to the 2018 National Platform Committee shall be “conditional upon appointee not agreeing to any secrecy requirements for discussions that reasonably would be considered committee discussion such as any email list to which all committee members have access or emails copied to the entire committee.”
The vote on the measure passed 5-2. Voting in favor of the requirement: Richard Longstreth (Vice Chair); Caryn Ann Harlos (Communications); Michael Stapleton (Legislative); Kim Tavendale (Campaigns); and Daniel Lutz (Regions). Voting against: John Hjersman (Treasurer); and Mike Spalding (Records). Not voting were Steven Gallant (Membership); Justin Mathew (Fundraising); and Kevin Gulbranson (Outreach).
The LPCO Board has also acted to make its own decision-making process more accessible to its members.
“Our Board discussions even by email are now fully transparent,” said Caryn Ann Harlos.
“I support,” former Virginia LP volunteer Marc Montoni said.
“The Virginia LP had a long-standing policy of allowing all LPVA members to listen in on all state committee (and subcommittee) business. We even allowed nonmembers to listen in with the permission of the members,” Montoni recalled.
“If you start out with the assumption that members are adults and can handle observing business, then transparency is not an issue at all. If you assume members are idiot children who must be led around with a nose ring for their own good, then it follows that you should keep matters that concern them opaque.
“The real reason there are individuals who prefer furtiveness, is that they know when they are “on record”, they will be less able to engage in ridiculous and Machiavellian gaming quite so much.”
The National Libertarian Party has three committees that are tasked with vetting and proposing matters that will come before the Party’s National Convention, scheduled to take place in New Orleans, LA from June 30 to July 3, 2018 — the Platform Committee, The Bylaws Committee, and the Credentials Committee.