Thursday, June 23, 2005

State Democrats In Debt, and Pointing Fingers

By Mark Moore (click "comments" below for article).


Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

According to a story by Michael Wickline, the Democratic Party of Arkansas is expanding it's operations and budget at a time when it is in debt.

The state GOP appears to have dug its way out of the hole created by a record $360,000 in FEC fines, on top of a previous debt of $400,000 discovered a year ago in accounting irregularities that produced the FEC fines.

According to Wickline, the state's Democrat's have a less than zero account balance. They have drawn $52,000 out of a $150,000 line of credit that has been made available to them from a bank in Jonesboro.

Current Chairman Jason Willet and past chairman Ron "Rotwieler" Oliver are sniping over the issue. Full details appear in Wickline's aritcle here...§ion=News&storyid=120048

The Democrats have gone from five employees to eight, and have opened a new office in Fayetteville. The Republicans still have four.

Even with the loan, reports show the Democrat's cash-on-hand has dwindled from $125,000 on Jan 1st of this year to a paltry $21,000 as of last month.

Willet became testy when asked to comment on rumours that the Democrats have had to dip deeper into the line of credit for this month.

10:06 PM, June 23, 2005  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

I hope there are some things in this one that we can all agree on!

10:12 PM, June 23, 2005  
Blogger Mr. Toast said...

Here's a clickable link for those who hate to cut-and-paste :)

It says quite a bit about the Arkansas Democrat Party that they have to go in the hole to compete with a near bankrupt Republican Party. I think Willet ought to talk to Jimmie Lou Fisher about going into debt as part of campaign strategy. I believe Fisher's still paying off the last of a loan she took out to take on Huckabee.

Willet says that he's forgotten more about running campaigns than Clint Reed ever knew. My what an arrogant little whipper-snapper. He'd better have some cattle to show for that 10-gallon hat he's wearing around.

11:02 PM, June 23, 2005  
Blogger terrymcdermott said...

The Major Parties in Arkansas seem to be running out of money. What is really sad is that Independents and Third Parties have a hard time getting on the state wide ballot.

At the moment we have no other alternatives except for the two parties who cannot manage their own budgets.

11:36 PM, June 23, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love watching them self -destruct.

6:25 PM, June 24, 2005  
Anonymous The Anonymous Coward said...

It is good to know that the Arkansas Republicans have obviously been about to raise more than a million in about six months. It is obvious they have put the problems behind them and have been working very hard to make up ground. Kudos to Chairman Baker.

It's even better to know that the Democrat party is spending money like a bunch of sailors and not having much to show for it.

All of this does raise a couple of interesting questions. While I am certain that the Constitution Party would probably not be in debt, just how much money do they have on hand? It would be absolutely hilarious if the Constitution Party has more money in the bank than the Democrat Party.

By the way, does the Constitution Party have any paid staff?

7:17 PM, June 24, 2005  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...


Paid staff? We barely have any volunteers! The treasurer missed the last meeting, but I know we have more than the Democrats, because they are a net negative. No one would loan us any money, so we could not go into debt if we wanted to. Which is a good thing.

We have a convention penciled in around Aug. 20th. That may cost us some, but we are frugal.

7:54 PM, June 24, 2005  
Anonymous The Anonymous Coward said...

Where will the Constitution Party convention be held? Will Jim Holt be there? Will there be enough people there that an Anonymous Coward could blend in without being noticed? What will the dress code be?

[Anonymous Coward chokes back the temptation to taunt Mr. Toast with the suggestion of white sheets, shaved heads, camouflage and underwear may be optional. Nah, dang-it "AC" succumbed .. stupid, stupid, stupid!]

I guess I better get back to the thread topic before we end up with "burnt toast".

Rumor has it (can I spread slanderous hearsay on the Dems?) that the new Democrat Party office up in Northwest Arkansas spent some of that borrowed money on a rent-a-mob to protest Walmart a couple of weeks ago. That alone had some of the more conservative Democrats pretty pissed. But when the rent-a-mob showed up on the front page of the newspaper wearing Communist Party USA T-shirts, they went ballistic! Same source says that Willet is just a puppet of some Jonesboro state representitive. (He couldn't remember his name, but said he was running for he thought Lt. Gov. but then remembered it was AG. I think I know who he was referring to, but I didn't offer a name. It was all I could do to keep from falling onto the sidewalk in a side-splitting guffaw.)

The guy in the newspaper picture had a white shirt with a red hammer and sickle with red lettering that said CPUSA. I assume that is not Conservative Party USA, but who knows ... they both hate Walmart.

["Forked-Tongued Toady" grins to himself as he nudges his toaster setting over to "dark"]

10:12 PM, June 24, 2005  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Now THAT's funny.

We are working on the details, and I am sure when they are nailed down it will get some little mention on this site! We are not going to even ask Jim again, as we would feel guilty for the abuse he would get for it- this despite the fact that his appeareance last time was no threat to the GOP. Instead he very cleverly co-opted most of us into working for a Republican, namely himself!

It will not be that big, if we have 100 pay up I will be surprised, but it will likely be a convention that "looks like Arkansas" diversity-wise.

I'd like to know more about your Willet info.

10:22 PM, June 24, 2005  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

The Democratic Party is imploding. Arkansas is the last southern holdout, but Willet is hastening the day.

The Wal-Mart stunt and extravagence are just two examples. The Christian-bashing is another.

Once their coalition of people with their hands out realize that the Dems can no longer pay them off, but the GOP can and will the Dems will wind up on the ash heap of history. There will either be another party arise or the GOP will dominate for a time.

The leeches will learn that the GOP may offer a bit smaller bribe for their vote, but the GOP can actually pay off from the public treasury. The Dems may promise the moon, but they can't make good.

10:27 PM, June 24, 2005  

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