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Minutes of the Operating Committee of the America First Party

Monday, October 9, 2006

BE IT REMEMBERED that the Operating Committee of the America First Party met on Monday, October 9, 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
  • Martin McClellan of Florida, Vice-chairman
  • John Hey of Mississippi, National Secretary and Treasurer
  • Mike Eller of Michigan, Finance Committee Chairman
  • Mike Fleharty of Ohio, Ballot Access Committee Chairman


  • J. C. Schweingrouber of Ohio, Public Relations Committee Chairman
  • Tom White of Massachusetts, Candidates Committee Chairman
  • Joe Spitzig of Ohio, Platform Committee Chairman

Peter Browning of Florida, Party Building Committee Chairman, joined the meeting after the roll had been taken.

A quorum being present, the meeting was called to order by the Chairman at 9:13 p.m.

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

The Chairman delivered his report. He described his trip to Arizona and reported that the founding meeting held there was a success. He discussed the business that the National Committee will need to take up very shortly. He summarized the upcoming standing committee meetings that have been scheduled.

The Secretary reminded the members that he had previously circulated draft minutes for the October 2, 2006 meeting of the Operating Committee. Mr. Hey moved the adoption of the minutes as published. His motion was seconded by Mr. McClellan, and adopted by unanimous vote.

The Secretary reported he has finished with the beginning of the month letters and mailings that are sent to donors and members. He has also sent out all the FAFP packets that were pending as of the first of the month. He remarked that the introductory newsletters are almost exhausted and will need to be reprinted shortly.

The Treasurer reported that the party's bank balance is $4,690.16. There are no outstanding invoices due at this time. The October report to the FEC has been filed and is available for review on the FEC's public website.

A discussion was held regarding fund raising and balances in the party's different fund accounts.

Mr. Fleharty delivered a Ballot Access Committee report. He stated that the committee will meet later this week to finish up the current round of research assignments.

Mr. Eller delivered a Finance Committee report. The Committee met earlier in the day and adopted some finance resolutions for consideration by the National Committee.

A discussion took place regarding the proposal for coffee mugs emblazoned with the party's logo.

Mr. Browning delivered the Party Building Committee report. He stated that the meeting in Arizona was a success. He described the upcoming work scheduled for the Party Building Committee during the next two weeks.

A short discussion was held regarding the Platform Committee's work of revising and correcting the platform.

Mr. Hey reported that the Rules Committee does not have any issues outstanding at this time. He has sent out a notice requesting persons who want to join the committee.

A discussion was held regarding possible changes to the resolutions used at the Founding Meeting for Organizing Committees.

Mr. Hey moved that a teleconference meeting of the National Committee be called for Monday evening, October 16, 2006 at 9 p.m. East Coast time. His motion was seconded by Mr. McClellan and adopted by unanimous vote.

Mr. McClellan reported briefly on his campaign for school board in Florida.

There being no further business, upon motion made by Mr. McClellan, seconded by Mr. Browning, and adopted by unanimous consent, the meeting was adjourned at 10:25 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

John Pittman Hey
National Secretary
America First National Committee

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