LNC Receives Proposed Budget

Gold America Group:

IN:

Dues 573,500
Donations 209,000
Recurring Gifts 408,000
Board Solicitation 200,000
Publications 24,000
Total 1,414,500

OUT:
Cost of Raising Money
Fundraising 150,000
Membership Fundraising 234,500
Total 384,500

Net 1,030,000
OUT
SPENDING
Administrative Costs 369,500
Compensation 522,000
Affiliate Support 9,000
Brand Development 52,000
Campus Outreach 9,300
Litigation 12,000
Media 2,000
Member Communication 44,000
Outreach/PR/Marketing 9,000

More discussion at Gold America Group article, as well as a separate article at the same source, LNC Member Norm Olsen Praises LNC Staff, Criticizes Budget.

37 thoughts on “LNC Receives Proposed Budget

  1. George Phillies

    For the first month of the year, their Standard financial statement shows ca. 91,ooo in income (there is on the FEC report also the yearly bequest payment of near $30,000)

    The math is revealing.

  2. David Colborne

    What’s truly revealing is that the LP is trying to maintain a national party on income that’s dwarfed by any single major party candidate’s war chest during a contested national election (HR, Senate, etc.). That the LP gets as much publicity as it does is a credit to the organization.

  3. George Phillies

    @3 I believe that about the same question has also been raised by National Secretary Mattson. The short answer is ‘same numbers as last year’.

  4. Aaron Starr

    Paulie,

    The budget was amended at the July meeting to include money for brand development, specifically for promotional type items, such as door hangers.

  5. Aaron Starr

    “Sounds pretty open ended…what am I missing?”

    Advertising, which is not a promotional item.

  6. Jerry S.

    Why don’t some of you good people buy some of this to help out. Yes share these links with anyone interested in buying and Distributing in their community! Now is the time to outreach in the neighborhoods.

    Help FIND the LIBERTARIANS in your area WITH the QUIZ ACROSS AMERICA: http://www.lp.org/blogs/staff/quiz-across-america-door-hangers-5-per-100

    Become a LP ACTIVIST where you live, SPREAD THE MESSAGE:
    http://www.lp.org/take-a-look

    Libertarian Products and Supplies make GREAT GIFTS too: http://www.LPSTUFF.COM/shop

    With that said, in my world I would like to see the Admin costs amd compensations cut by 75% and moved to CAMPUS OUTREACH, Affiliate support, outreach/PR/marketing and Media Advertising!

    How many toes did that step on?!-lol

  7. AroundtheblockAFT

    Anyone have the 1991 budget? It would be interesting to see what the budget of twenty years ago, pre-Watergate, would be in 2011 dollars. It might be a good indicator of the Party’s success during those twenty years.

  8. Robert Capozzi

    Around, that would be analytically weak, IMO. “Success” is not dependent on a single variable, including office rent. Prevailing political environments, staff fundraising skills, legal environment, changes in fundraising technologies, etc. might be as or more salient.

    I assume that office rents are in “Administrative Costs 369,500.” Say that $300K is the rent piece. Say the Watergate is $30/sq ft. Say the lease is either cancellable or about to expire. Say alternative space is available at $15/sq ft.

    Would $150K be worth moving? Probably. Would $150K in program spending lead to a step function growth in the LP? Unlikely. It might buy some legal challenges to ballot access laws. It might fund a nifty Internet ad program. It might fund a telemarketer or 2 or 3.

    I’ll ask again: Does anyone know when the lease expires?

  9. Robert Capozzi

    gp13, thanks for clearing that up. I hope someone’s working on a Plan B, a lease, preferably in more appropriate facilities. One could imagine the LNC “forced” to renew the Watergate lease should the building fund prove to be unworkable.

  10. paulie Post author

    “Sounds pretty open ended…what am I missing?”

    Advertising, which is not a promotional item.

    Why not? Advertising is designed to promote. As for item, that can mean any tangible thing. Aren’t t-shirts, doorhangers, etc, designed to advertise, i.e., promote?

    For that matter, “event.” I realize that an ad is not an event in the same sense as a convention is, but there is no convention this year, so if we are operating off a budget that includes a “convention and event” line, “event” can take on a new meaning (not an invented one – it’s under event in the dictionary).

  11. paulie Post author

    It’s not obvious to me, and I hope there will be enough people on the LNC that won’t see it as being obvious either.

    Tying ourselves in knots is…to borrow a Capozzi phrase…”contra-indicated.”

  12. paulie Post author

    For anyone reading who doesn’t know what we are talking about, see

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2011/03/republican-wall-of-shame-ad-updates/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2011/03/libertarian-party-shall-we-spend-30k-for-republican-wall-of-shame-ad/

    And comments therein.

    A donor contributed $10,000 and another $5,000 or more was raised so the LP can place an advertisement in the WaPo online edition of the “Republican wall of shame” which was successfully employed at CPAC. This is money that was specifically raised for this project. Very little of it, if any, would have come LPHQ’s way otherwise.

    I’m not 100% sure, but I am guessing that Mr. Starr is one of those people who thinks the concept is too negative and confrontational towards Republicans, whom he hopes we will win over by gentle and friendly persuasion. He can correct me if I’m guessing wrong here.

    Dr. Phillies, on the other hand, usually relishes in rubbing Republicans’ noses in their mess, but in this case he objects because one of the items on the wall can be (IMO, mis)interpreted as saying that the LP takes a position that there is no global warming problem being caused by humans, which he believes there obviously is.

    So, for different reasons, (I think) they (probably) both oppose this ad being placed.

    In order to accomplish that objective, they are arguing from the standpoint that the budget currently being operated under by the LNC – last year’s budget, since this year’s has not yet been approved – does not allow for advertising of any kind at all.

    And furthermore, that if and when the budget in the article we are commenting on is passed, it won’t allow any advertising at all either. Even if the money falls in the LP’s lap.

  13. LibertarianGirl

    “I’m not 100% sure, but I am guessing that Mr. Starr is one of those people who thinks the concept is too negative and confrontational towards Republicans, whom he hopes we will win over by gentle and friendly persuasion. He can correct me if I’m guessing wrong here.

    Dr. Phillies, on the other hand, usually relishes in rubbing Republicans’ noses in their mess, ”

    me_we should e rubbing the noses of both the Dems and the GOP in their shame

  14. paulie Post author

    Agreed.

    I’d go for a Democratic Wall of Guilt, pointing out Obama’s continuation of Bush policies even when he had a Democratic Congress, next.

  15. paulie Post author

    Of course, that would require being allowed to advertise in some fashion.

    Maybe we could make it a T-shirt or a door hanger if we are not allowed to place ads online (or anywhere else).

  16. Doug Craig

    If we want to run a democrat wall shame all we need is some donors . We had donors for the GOP wall of shame I dont believe any of the money came out of the budget.

  17. Robert Capozzi

    p19: In order to accomplish that objective, they are arguing from the standpoint that the budget currently being operated under by the LNC – last year’s budget, since this year’s has not yet been approved – does not allow for advertising of any kind at all.

    me: fwiw, if correct, I find such technicalities possibly more dysfunctional than the ad itself, which I give a C-.

  18. Doug craig

    Can anyone point to a rule we are breaking by spending money that we raised outside the budget. Please share
    Thanks doug Craig LNC region 1 rep
    As always easy to reach 770-861-5855

  19. Steven Wilson

    Individuals like Starr and Root help republicans because they are republicans.

    A passer-by notices a wolf cleaning himself. Asking in kindness, what is that under your mouth?

    The wolf responds, a chicken feather?

    Why are you cleaning them off?

    Evidence, the wolf says.

    Evidence of what?

    What I had for lunch, says the wolf.

    It is no secret why the LNC is starving. It is no secret what Root and Starr are feasting on. The secret is why so many libertarians keeping passing it by.

  20. George Phillies

    @25

    Party Bylaws. Articles 4 and 9, iirc.

    Basic corporate law principles.

    LNC Policy Manual.

    Roberts.

    I object to the spending because the National Committee controls the party funds, and the National Committee has *not* approved spending money on advertising. The policy may or may not be stupid, but it it *is* their
    policy.

    Having said that, I have this nice statement from Mark Hinkle that Party fund raising is “way down” three months in a row.

  21. Pingback: Republican Wall of Shame is up | Independent Political Report

  22. Pingback: Libertarian Party Monday Message: Republican Wall of Shame ad has been placed in Washington Post online | Independent Political Report

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *