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Minutes of the Operating Committee of the America First Party

Monday, May 12, 2008

BE IT REMEMBERED that the Operating Committee of the America First Party met on Monday, May 12, 2008 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
  • Michael Lynch of New York, Public Relations Committee Chairman
  • Tom White of Massachusetts, Candidates Committee Chairman
  • Peter Browning of Florida, Partybuilding Committee Chairman


  • Martin McClellan of Florida, Vice-chairman
  • Mike Fleharty of Ohio, Ballot Access Committee Chairman
  • Joe Spitzig of Ohio, Platform Committee Chairman

A quorum being present, the meeting was called to order by the Chairman at 9:16 p.m.

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

The Chairman delivered his report. He mentioned the passing of Ward Chorpenning, a National Committee member from Ohio. Mr. Hill forwarded a letter of condolence to his spouse. He also described some outreach efforts he has been making in Massachusetts. He has handled several calls for information, and is working with the PR Committee on the next newspaper.

The Secretary reminded the members that he had previously circulated draft minutes for the April 14, 2008 meeting of the Operating Committee. Mr. Hey moved the adoption of the minutes as published. His motion was seconded by Mr. Browning. The minutes were adopted by unanimous vote.

The fundraising letter is still in production, there having been problems with the printing of the envelopes.

The Treasurer reported that the party's bank balance is $ 10,496.17. There are no unpaid invoices at this time.

Mr. Hill reported that the Finance Committee has no business pending before it at the present time.

Mr. Browning reported he is contacting various organizers and partybuilding prospects. He has been fielding inquiries from a variety of contacts. A committee meeting is scheduled for Thursday evening.

Mr. Lynch reported on progress by the PR Committee on the upcoming issues of the party newspaper.

A long discussion took place about proposed articles for the upcoming newspapers.

Mr. Hey reported that the Rules Committee is still on hiatus after finishing all pending work before it.

There being no further business, on motion made by Mr. Hey, seconded by Mr. White, and adopted by unanimous vote, the meeting was adjourned at 10:12 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

John Pittman Hey
National Secretary
America First National Committee

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