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Minutes of the Operating Committee of the America First Party

Monday, August 7, 2006

BE IT REMEMBERED that the Operating Committee of the America First Party met on Monday, August 7, 2006 at 9:00 p.m. East Coast 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:


  • Jon Hill of Massachusetts, Chairman
  • John Hey of Mississippi, National Secretary and Treasurer
  • Mike Eller of Michigan, Finance Committee Chairman
  • Joe Spitzig of Ohio, Platform Committee Chairman
  • Peter Browning of Florida, Party Building Committee


  • Martin McClellan of Florida, Vice-chairman
  • Tom White of Massachusetts, Candidates Committee Chairman
  • Mike Fleharty of Ohio, Ballot Access Committee Chairman

JC Schweingrouber of Ohio, Public Relations Committee Chairman, joined the meeting after roll had been taken.

A quorum being present, the meeting was called to order by the Chairman at 9:12 p.m.

Mr. Spitzig 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 mentioned his work in drafting an article on the violence in the Middle East and the policy the Party advocates. He has also been working with the Finance and Party Building Committees on various projects.

A discussion took place regarding the article the Chairman is drafting.

The Secretary reminded the members that he had previously circulated draft minutes for the July 31, 2006 meeting of the Operating Committee. Mr. Hey moved the adoption of the minutes as published. His motion was seconded by Mr. Eller, and adopted by unanimous vote.

The Treasurer reported that the party's bank balance is $1838.23. There are no outstanding invoices due at this time.

The Treasurer reported that the August FEC report has been filed and may be viewed on the FEC's public web site.

Mr. Eller delivered the Finance Committee report. The Committee has been discussing the responses to the report delivered at the last National Committee meeting. In addition, the Finance Committee has approved a resolution to forward to the National Committee regarding authorization to pay for web hosting and the toll free phone number.

A discussion was held regarding producing party buttons and coffee mugs to be offered on the party's web store.

Mr. Browning delivered a Party Building Committee report. A meeting has been scheduled for founding an organizing committee in Arizona. Progress is being made in Arkansas and Iowa toward the same goal as well.

Mr. Spitzig reported that the Platform Committee is on hiatus at this time. A discussion was held regarding updating the web site with the latest platform text.

Mr. Schweingrouber delivered the Public Relations Committee report. The committee will meet this Wednesday to finalize the newsletter.

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

A time of general discussion took place.

There being no further business, upon motion made by Mr. Schweingrouber, seconded by Mr. Spitzig, and adopted by unanimous consent, the meeting was adjourned at 10:28 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

John Pittman Hey
National Secretary
America First National Committee

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