The Brooklyn GOP Finances: A Series – An Introduction
In my last substantive piece, I discussed with you how the Brooklyn GOP’s disclosure reports demonstrated just how ridiculously mismanaged the party’s finances were this year. You saw how the party went from having over 20k in the bank to a mere $754.09.
Based on that, I told you that what this party needs is a dedicated financial plan–nothing complex or requiring an advanced degree–just a system that ensures that the party is actually serious about supporting its candidates. Candidates will never look to the party (and often don’t) if the party is running in and out of insolvency over the course of the year. And the party rarely volunteers to give money unless it has an agenda.
While I had originally planned on a post setting rules and guidelines for the Brooklyn GOP’s spending, I opted instead to write a series of posts on the Brooklyn GOP’s finances, much like my colleague Francisco D’Anconia’s And Then There Were None series. You’ll remember I began examining the party’s expenses back in the summer of 2009, when Atlas first started. Since that time, The Duke of Bay Ridge, Chairman Eaton, was reelected under a cloud of party division and we had seriously wounding November elections.
Now, 2010 is going to be a very important year. You’re going to hear people saying things like “don’t criticize the party” or you, because you disagree with the way they handle things, are “a dissenter.”
You’re “going rogue.”
But the fact is that, based on the way the party managed itself last year, they have no credibility when it comes to dealing with money or running elections. All they’ve learned to do is make monetary use out of the Wilson Pakula (hardly a new tactic), and they’ve already spent a large portion of that amount already, it would seem, given their bloated Holiday Party a few weeks ago.
Otherwise, as you’ll see, they’ve wasted more money on other boroughs’ Republican activities, food, travel, and other petty expenses than the pittance they gave to their candidates this past fall to run. This all reflects that Shore Road groupthink that consumes the party leadership and how they cared more about propping up their local haunts than actually doing something to build this party.
But from these failures, thankfully, lessons can be learned.
That’s why I’m writing these piece. I’m not interesting in tearing into the party. I warned the party leaders months ago that their reckless spending would do them in. Now, I’m going to speak my mind and tell the party just how they should be running their finances.
What’s important and what’s trivial. What matters and what doesn’t.
So, over the course of the coming month, I will be discussing various aspects of the party’s finances, what they’ve be doing with your money, and what they should be doing with your money.
I’ll be starting with the candidates: how much they’ve received from the party and what the party should be doing for this year’s candidates.
Next, I’ll examine the overall spending of the party from last year, what expenses should not be repeated in the new year, and what they should be investing in.
Whether they choose to listen or not, frankly, I don’t care. I’m writing this for you, our readers, more than I’d ever write it for them. At the end of the day, you choose whether they have any power or not. You choose whether they have any authority or not. Your views, goals and aspirations are what really matter in this party.
You are the consumer, and, as a businessman, I know the customer is always right.
I hope you’ll come back and read.