To facilitate the public’s comparison of the three different accounts of donations during the 2nd and 3rd Quarters of 2006, I have made the lists of donors drawn from the three sources available for review, side-by-side, on a static web page placed safely on our own server.
Chronology of Financial Disclosure Through January 5, 2007
In the summer of 2006, Unity08 pledged to make financial disclosures of all donations of at least $200, with updates once every two weeks. It failed to do so.
In the second week of October of 2006, just as Unity08 was receiving a final opinion from the Federal Election Commission that it must register as a Political Action Committee (PAC), Unity08 retracted its pledge to update its financial disclosures every two weeks. At that time, it updated the reports of donations of at least $200 on a page at Unity08.com, claiming the report on that page was complete through September 1, 2006. Unity08 pledged it would update this list once a month, “in the spirit of greater financial transparency, which is sorely lacking in politics today.” It failed to do so. This webpage is no longer available in its old form, as it has been replaced. However, we fortunately saved an old copy of the webpage, and so I will use that copy to relate Unity08′s older donation claims.
On October 16, 2006 at 4:29 pm, Unity08 sent a fax to the IRS of Form 8872, reporting donations of at least $200, as well as expenditures, for the 3rd quarter of 2006. That document is available for your review here, along with an earlier document describing similar activity in the 2nd quarter of 2006.
On January 5, 2007, nearly three months late, Unity08 finally updated its donations disclosure page, claiming to have corrected unspecified errors in reporting and to have updated the donations disclosures to reflect donations through September 30, 2006. Since the original 3rd Quarter IRS Form 8872 disclosure shows no donations between September 1 and September 30, it is unclear what importance this later date of September 30 rather than September 1 might have. Also on January 5, 2006, Unity08 claimed to have submitted updated IRS forms for the 2nd and 3rd Quarter of 2006 correcting unspecified errors, and appealed to visitors to review those forms should they have questions. However, as of January 5 those updated forms are not available on the IRS website. Review of previous document submissions indicates that these documents will not become available for approximately one month.
Unity08.com staff has been unresponsive to requests that they post copies of these latest updated IRS report forms on their own
Three Disclosures: Website October 2006, IRS October 2006, Website January 2007
As of January 5, 2007, then, there are three accounts of the donations above $200 to Unity 08 during the 2nd and 3rd quarters of 2006. Available here are three accounts as I have collected them from IRS disclosures and the Unity08 website.
Please note that the three accounts are not identical. Discrepancies I notice are of three sorts:
1. Donors listed twice in the same list for different amounts.
2. Donations not noted in earlier reports that appear in later reports.
3. Donations appearing in earlier reports that disappear from later reports.
This presentation is not detailed — just meant to provide a means by which we ALL can look at the varying reports side by side and see some interesting differences over time and across reporting method.
Various descriptions and analyses of these factual discrepancies (including differences in number of donations, sum of donations, and the distribution of donation size) can now be carried out by anyone. However, explanations of the reasons for these factual discrepancies — and plans to avoid such errors in future Unity08 efforts — are up to Unity08 itself to provide.