Several of you commented and emailed about the secret LNC vote to double the membership dues to $50 and against the UMP increase.
This spawned a idea to do a little covert fact-checking and find out just who voted for both items and essentially smoke them out just by seeing how they respond. The way I see it, the LNC just shoe-horned themselves into a corner when it comes to voting delegates in the next convention by holding a secret ballot: if they come clean about their vote for the increase, they will be easy targets for removal, and if they all lie and say they voted against it, replacing the whole LNC just became incredibly easy (there is another possibility in this scenario that the vote was rigged from the beginning by whoever was counting the votes, which is a whole other can of worms that we can dissect if there’s a hint of impropriety).
Here’s what I propose: send a letter to email me with their reply and I’ll post a list of the votes and the responses within a week. It would help if at least two people from each region would email their reps so that I can corroborate responses.simply asking how they voted on the dues increase and the UMP increase that was also proposed, report back here or
Here’s an example letter that I highly recommend you modify yourself so that it does not appear to be form-letter astroturfing (we don’t want to tip them off to our data collection do we?):
Dear representative name,
I recently found out that a secret vote was held in which an increase in membership dues from $25 to $50 was passed while a second vote for UMP (Unified Membership Program) payments to the state parties did not receive enough votes to pass. As my regional representative, I am asking for your disclosure of your vote on both matters in order to maintain transparency in the Libertarian organization.
Thank you for your time,
Again, send replies to me via email. If the response is long or has sensitive information you can truncate it to: rep name (region); dues increase yes/no; UMP increase yes/no. I’ll keep email information confidential if you request and won’t use anyone’s name unless you authorize it. If your representative doesn’t respond within a week, let me know as well. I hope everyone will help out with this project and let other libertarians know about it as well so that we can find out just what happened and how to proceed.