Since writing the original eleven questions regarding the financial transparency to which Unity08 has committed itself, I’ve noticed another position — Anya Harris, Chief Operating Officer of Unity08. Yet there is no notice in the 2nd and 3rd quarter reports made to the IRS for Unity08 of Anya Harris (or any Chief Operating Officer) receiving compensation.
And so Question 12. Has the Chief Operating Officer of Unity08 been compensated in any manner for her work, which apparently includes responsibility for hiring new staff as well as website communications? If so, for what amount and out of what source of funds? If not, how has the Chief Operating Officer sustained herself during her period of volunteering for Unity08, and what is the source of that sustenance?
These are questions any major legitimate political organization should be able to answer “in the spirit of greater financial transparency, which is sorely lacking in politics today.”
P.S. In the same fifteen minute period in which Anya Harris visited the “Help us Build It” Forum on which I had posted my eleven (now twelve questions) and posed her own set of questions regarding Unity08:
What is the most effective way we can grow our forces to restore political power to the American people? Commit to getting 5 members to sign up for Unity08? Making a donation? Helping to reach out to local media to say we’ve had enough, we want to big money out of politics?
… somebody took the action of giving a thumbs down to my eleven questions. I do not know whether that person was Anya Harris. But as you can see for yourself, visitors have been very, very rarely adding posts to this procedural Unity08 forum. I also know that only one other thread had a rating change during that time period, and that was the addition of a “thumbs up” to the thread Anya Harris posted on (a thread suggesting that off-topic comments be removed). And most importantly, now I do know that Ms. Harris, the self-described Chief Operating Officer of Unity08, has visited the forum and seen evidence of these questions. And that’s important to know as we move toward day three of no answers to these questions, and as we move toward month 2 day 12 of no financial disclosure.
P.S.S. Lest you think I’m “picking on” some poor intern, Anya T. Harris (unless by some huge coincidence there are two Anya T. Harrises involved in the nexus of politics and public relations) has the following partial work history:
- Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Prime Retail Inc. — a mall development corporation in which she at least at one time seems to have directly owned 1,924 shares of common stock and had some 34,000 shares in the form of stock options.
- Chief Operating Officer, Smartpaper Networks
- Chief of Staff for Senator Barbara Mikulski
This is no poor kid; Anya T. Harris is a powerful, wealthy insider who I’m sure can handle a few questions.