by Chet Hardin
Here is the official word from the chairman of the El Paso County Republicans, in regard to the party's new donor-directed fund.
This statement makes no reference to the concerns of many Republicans, which we wrote about in today's issue. One point that this press release brings up that we weren't able to get to in our print story was that this fund will be overseen by a committee of donors.
This committee's first members will be appointed by the current chairman, Eli Bremer, and they will decide what qualifies future members of the committee, as was explained by Eli's dad, former County Commissioner Duncan Bremer, at the July 7 meeting:
"[Eli] will appoint a group of committed donors who want to see this thing implemented ... They’ll make rules about who gets to be members of this donor-directed committee. It may be that you have to meet a certain threshold, or something along those lines, to get there."
LOCAL GOP APPROVES NEW STRATEGIC PLAN
Includes better financial compliance and new “donor-directed” fund.
Jul 14, 2011 • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Colorado Springs, CO - On Thursday July 7th, the El Paso County Executive Committee, the elected governing board of the El Paso County Republican Party, reviewed and passed with overwhelming support a new strategic plan. “This strategic plan will usher in a new era of efficient operations. It will bring our organization into compliance with better business practices, facilitate transparency, and enable us to engage more volunteers than ever before” stated Chairman Eli Bremer.
One critical piece of the new strategic plan is the creation of a new “Donor Directed Fund.” This new fund will allow donors to contribute directly to projects and programs in the Republican Party with 100% accountability and transparency. It will be managed by an independent board yet work with the Party leadership to identify and fund worthy projects.
In keeping with his theme of “Applied Conservative Leadership” Chairman Bremer commented: “As Republicans, we believe that people who earn the money should be the ones who decide where their money goes. This new fund improves accountability and transparency while allowing individual donors to contribute to project and programs they see fit. It really holds the leadership accountable to ensure that money is spent wisely and with full accountability. It also brings our organization into compliance with the best practices of non-profit fundraising.”
Grassroots activist leader and El Paso County Republican Party Executive Committee Member Clem Borkowski also supported the creation of the fund: "I have been advocating for the use of a donor directed donation program in the political sphere for years. Donors need to know that their money is being spent wisely not pilfered by unaccountable political operatives. At a time when trust in the political system is at an all time low, donors and voters need as much control as possible. I'm willing to wait and see the application of the program before making judgments of the sponsors and participants. I am excited the El Paso County Republican Party is taking the lead on transparent, donor driven funding systems.”