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Minutes of the Operating Committee of the America First Party

Monday, June 12, 2006

BE IT REMEMBERED that the Operating Committee of the America First Party met on Monday, June 12, 2006 at 9:00 p.m. East Coast Time, pursuant to the previous agreement of all the members.

The Chairman led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance. Mr. Hey delivered the invocation.

The Secretary called the roll of Operating Committee members:


  • Jon Hill of Massachusetts, Chairman
  • Martin McClellan of Florida, Vice-chairman
  • John Pittman Hey of Mississippi, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Tom White of Massachusetts, Candidates Committee Chairman
  • Mike Eller of Michigan, Finance Committee Chairman
  • JC Schweingrouber of Ohio, Public Relations Committee Chairman
  • Mike Fleharty of Ohio, Ballot Access Committee Chairman
  • Peter Browning of Florida, Party Building Committee


  • Joe Spitzig of Ohio, Platform Committee Chairman

A quorum being present, the meeting was called to order by the Chairman at 9:07 p.m.

Mr. White moved the adoption of the standard Agenda. Mr. Eller seconded the motion. The Agenda was adopted by unanimous vote.

The Chairman delivered his report. He has been busy issuing press releases on several topics. In addition, he has researched various requirements for the conduct of party business that have been previously adopted by the National Committee. He has been consulting with various standing committee chairman about the work of their respective committees.

The Secretary reminded the members that he had previously circulated draft minutes for the June 5, 2006 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 vote.

The Secretary reported he has been working on post-convention related matters. All the thank you letters and other end-of-month issues have been completed. All the outstanding orders for literature and other store materials have been filled.

The Treasurer reported that the party's bank balance is $2664.75. The final bills for hotel facilities and the copier have not yet been received. There is also a disputed invoice for printing that is still pending. The June 20th FEC report has been submitted and may be reviewed on the FEC's public web site.

Mr. Fleharty reported that he has received information from the outgoing Ballot Access Committee chairman relating to various ballot access issues. He has been reviewing the requirements for Ohio and several other states.

Mr. White delivered a brief Candidates Committee report. He has been reaching out to various candidates and potential candidates. He has also been helping with some party building issues in Alabama.

Mr. Eller delivered a Finance Committee report. He has consulted with the Chairman about the fund raising plan. He has lined up several members for the committee and will be holding a meeting very soon.

Mr. Browning delivered a Party Building Committee report. He is contacting state party chairmen to review party building plans and to line up committee members.

Mr. Schweingrouber delivered a Public Relations Committee report. He has lined up seven members for his committee, established a schedule for the publication of upcoming newsletters, and is planning a committee meeting in the next two weeks.

Mr. Hey reported that the Rules Committee does not have any issues outstanding at this time.

Mr. Hey moved that the Operating Committee adopt a standing rule scheduling meetings of the Operating Committee for 9 p.m. ECT each Monday evening, unless a conflicting National Committee meeting is scheduled. His motion was seconded by Mr. McClellan and adopted by unanimous vote.

A time of general discussion was held.

There being no further business, upon motion made by Mr. McClellan, seconded by Mr. Browning, and adopted by unanimous vote, the meeting was adjourned at 10:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

John Pittman Hey
National Secretary
America First National Committee

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