Minutes of the Operating Committee of the America First Party
Tuesday, March 2, 2004
BE IT REMEMBERED that the Operating Committee of the America First Party met on Tuesday, March 2, 2004 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, pursuant to the previous resolution of the Operating Committee.
The Chairman led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance. Mr. Hey delivered the invocation.
The Secretary called the roll of Operating Committee members:
- Dan Charles of Colorado, Chairman
- Jon Hill of Massachusetts, Vice-chairman
- John Pittman Hey of Mississippi, Secretary/Treasurer
- Tom White of Massachusetts, Party Building Committee Chairman
- Trey Golmon of Mississippi, Ballot Access Committee Chairman
- Romelle Winters of New Hampshire, Public Relations Committee Chairman
- Larry Carroll of Colorado, Platform Committee Chairman
A quorum being present, the meeting was called to order by the Chairman.
The Chairman recommended the adoption of the standard Agenda. Mr. Hill moved its adoption, Mr. Hey seconded the motion, and the Agenda was adopted by unanimous consent.
The Chairman delivered his report. He continues to make contact with leaders in other organizations that hold views congruent with those of the AFP. He is working on two press releases which should go out tomorrow. The Chairman discussed the Feinstein Amendment (extending the ban on so-called "assault" weapons) and today's torpedoing of the gun manufacturers lawsuit protection bill. He also reported progress in bringing a state party on-line.
The Secretary reminded the members that he had previously circulated draft minutes of the February 24, 2004 meeting of the Operating Committee. Mr. Hey moved the adoption of the minutes as published. His motion was seconded by Mr. White and adopted by unanimous consent.
The Secretary reported mailing out 4100 of the January newsletters, and he is about half way through sending the personalized packets to 490 specially selected persons.
The Treasurer reported that the party's bank balance is around $2,250, but there is a large outstanding postage invoice due. The new bank account has been established, and paperwork filed to change the credit card depository to the new bank account.
Mr. Golmon reported his efforts to ascertain the ballot access "hot spots" where candidates need help getting on the ballot. He will begin working with the Party Building Committee to help build a volunteer base for future ballot access efforts.
A discussion about various party building contacts was held. Several very eager volunteers have come forward and are being encouraged to spread the word about the party.
A discussion was held about unauthorized advertisement of the party by a magazine. The Chairman and Secretary will attempt to contact the individuals involved.
Mr. Hill reported his attendance at the Wanderer conference, and the interest many people showed in receiving the party literature he made available.
A general discussion was held about the upcoming presidential race and the FEC filings.
There being no further business, upon motion made by Mr. Hey, seconded by Mr. Hill, and adopted by unanimous vote, the meeting was adjourned.
John Pittman Hey
America First National Committee