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Unity08 Late Yet Again in its Financial Reporting

In the summer of 2006, Unity08 pledged to make financial disclosures of all donations of at least $200, with updates once every two weeks, “in the spirit of greater financial transparency, which is sorely lacking in politics today.”

Unity08 failed to do so.

In October of 2006, months later, Unity08 finally got around to updating its donor disclosures. At that time, Unity08 dropped its pledge to make public financial disclosures of donors every two weeks, and made a new pledge. This time, for real now, Unity08 promised it would update its disclosure of donations once a month, still “in the spirit of greater financial transparency, which is sorely lacking in politics today.”

Unity08 failed to do so.

In January of 2007, Unity08 finally got around to updating its donor disclosures again. At that time, Unity08 said it had to go back, fix some technical difficulties, correct some errors in the financial report it had made three months prior, and correct some more errors in the financial report it had made three months before that. Now that it had corrected its mistakes, it promised it would update disclosures of donors of more than $200, once a month, on the last day of every month, this time for real. Also at that time, Unity08 deleted its reference to “the spirit of greater financial transparency, which is sorely lacking in politics today.”

Unity08 missed its deadline at the end of January.
Unity08 made its update as scheduled at the end of February.
Unity08 made its update as scheduled at the end of March.
Unity08 missed its deadline at the end of April.
Unity08 made its update as scheduled at the end of May.
Unity08 is two days late so far on its update deadline for the end of June.

Deadlines, schmedlines. Disclosure, Dischmlosure. Details, schmeetails. Yadda yadda, blah, blah, blah.

Why be so picky? I mean, it’s not like Unity08 is promising to hold the nation’s first online secure presidential nomination, free of the bugs and hacks that would make the vote illegitimate. It’s not like we are being asked to trust the Unity08 corporation or anything. It’s not like they’re asking for our money and junk.

Oh, wait. Yes, actually, that’s exactly what’s going on. Unity08 is making promises and grandiosely intricate plans while asking for your money. And that’s why Unity08′s record of accuracy and trustworthiness matters.

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