From an email sent out by Libertarian National Committee (LNC) at-large representative Starchild, June 22nd:
As I noted in a June 19 message to the Libertarian National Committee’s LNC-discuss list,
> • We promised donors to the project [to purchase a new LP national headquarters building] that their money would be spent to buy a *building*, which would be named the “David F. Nolan Memorial Building” — not just office space in a building. I’ve seen nothing in this proposal to indicate that we would even have naming rights to the building as a whole… we need to act with integrity and fulfill the promises we make to people when we ask them to give us their money. People are already calling this a “bait-and-switch”, and they have a valid point. If we go forward with this, it will undermine the confidence of donors and supporters in the party.
Having seen no messages disagreeing with that assessment, I hope all of you will join me in supporting the following motion:
Whereas it is important that the Libertarian Party act with integrity and fulfill any promises made in fundraising appeals to donors concerning how their donations will be spent, and
Whereas donors have a right to expect this of the Libertarian Party when making donations to the party, and
Whereas LP secretary David Blau as head of the building fund has acknowledged the “mistake” of having been “a bit lax informing the donors that we were investigating an office condo, rather than a full building”, and
Whereas fundraising appeals for the project to purchase a new LP headquarters building repeatedly referred to purchasing a building, rather than only purchasing space in a building, examples of which language can be seen in the fundraising letter published at http://www.
Therefore if the Libertarian Party purchases the office space at 1101 King Street #160, in Alexandria, Virginia, which the Executive Committee voted to authorize the Building Committee to enter into negotiations concerning, or any other office space not comprising an entire building, the committee in charge of the building fund shall send all donors to this fund, by email or printed letter, a written explanation and apology for using the funds to buy a part of a building, rather than an entire building as was repeatedly described in fundraising letters seeking donations for the project. This letter shall ask each donor to send an email to LP secretary and building fund point man David Blau (email@example.com), stating the donor’s preference that his or her donation be (a) spent on office space in a building purchased under the authorization of the LNC in lieu of actually buying a building, (b) refunded, in which case a full refund shall be issued to that donor as soon as reasonably possible, or (c) put toward another Libertarian Party budget item of the donor’s choice, which should be specified in the donor’s email to the secretary; and inform them that if they have any further questions or concerns about the project to purchase a new office or how their donation is being handled they are welcome to contact one of their LNC representatives (listed at http://www.lp.org/lnc-
I am seeking co-sponsors for this motion, and urge all my fellow representatives and alternates on the Libertarian National Committee to reply to this email as co-sponsors. Let us not dishonor David Nolan’s memory by giving even the appearance of raising under false pretenses money to be used toward purchasing a space to be dedicated to him.
Love & Liberty,
((( starchild )))
At-Large Representative, Libertarian National Committee
P.S. – If anyone not on the Libertarian National Committee receiving this message has thoughts on this matter that you would like me to share with the LNC, please let me know. I hope you will encourage them to support this motion.
LNC at-large representative and former national chair Mark Hinkle responded to Starchild’s motion:
This is stupid!
And counter productive.
Hundreds of donors gave hundreds of thousands of dollars when there was absolutely no description of any building whatsoever.
The important points are to substantially reduce our office expenses and to honor David Nolan.
Everything else is secondary.
It’s this type of crap that discourages people who make things happen from working hard and long in volunteer roles.
If the LP is to be successful, this nonsense has to be discredited and we need to put a stop to it…..now!
LNC At-Large & Retired LP Chair