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Minutes of the Operating Committee of the America First Party

Monday, August 14, 2006

BE IT REMEMBERED that the Operating Committee of the America First Party met on Monday, August 14, 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
  • Peter Browning of Florida, Party Building Committee
  • JC Schweingrouber of Ohio, Public Relations Committee Chairman
  • Mike Fleharty of Ohio, Ballot Access Committee Chairman


  • Tom White of Massachusetts, Candidates Committee Chairman
  • Mike Eller of Michigan, Finance Committee Chairman
  • Joe Spitzig of Ohio, Platform Committee Chairman
  • Martin McClellan of Florida, Vice-chairman

A quorum being present, the meeting was called to order by the Chairman at 9:10 p.m.

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

The Chairman delivered his report. He has been working on the newsletter with the Public Relations Committee, which has now concluded its work on the summer newsletter. He has also been reaching out to potential donors, and working to create some activist program items. The Chairman discussed several contacts he has made with prospects.

The Secretary reminded the members that he had previously circulated draft minutes for the August 7, 2006 meeting of the Operating Committee. Mr. Hey moved the adoption of the minutes as published. His motion was seconded by Mr. Spitzig, and adopted by unanimous vote.

The Secretary reported he is working on cleaning up the mailing list in preparation for mailing out the summer newsletter

The Treasurer reported that the party's bank balance is $2607.27. There are no outstanding invoices due at this time.

Mr. Fleharty reported that the Ballot Access Committee is making progress collecting information on requirements in the various states.

Mr. Browning delivered a Party Building Committee report. The Arizona organizers are making good progress, as is the gentleman who is working in Arkansas. Mr. Browning has been working with people in Iowa as well.

Mr. Spitzig reported that the Platform Committee is going to meet later this week to take another pass at finding and correcting minor grammatical and stylistic problems with the Platform.

Mr. Schweingrouber reported that the Public Relations Committee has finished the summer newsletter and is ready for the Operating Committee to approve it and send it to the printer.

Mr. Schweingrouber moved that the Summer Newsletter be approved and sent to the printer. His motion was seconded by Mr. Spitzig and adopted by unanimous vote.

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

A time of general discussion took place. An idea to expand the coverage and outreach of our press releases was discussed.

There being no further business, upon motion made by Mr. Browning, seconded by Mr. Fleharty, and adopted by unanimous consent, the meeting was adjourned at 9:52 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

John Pittman Hey
National Secretary
America First National Committee

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