It’s a fairly important substantive question being considered in the Unity08 v. FEC lawsuit, filed back in January of 2007: ought groups attempting to engineer the election of third-party figures as presidential candidates to obey the fundraising restrictions of political action committees, which restrict contributions to $5,000 per person and require the amounts, terms and [...]
As the 2008 election cycle moves forward without the utterly defunct Unity08, I thought it might be instructive to look at the pattern of donations made by Unity08 leadership to other political campaigns. But it turns out that the biggest pattern of members of the Unity08 Founders Council is of non-contribution: 28 of the 31 [...]
Are you heading to the Unity08 presidential nominating convention? Let’s set this page up as the unofficial Rider Board. If you have space in your car to spare, say so. If you need a ride, say so. Be sure to indicate where you’re driving from and your e-mail so you can coordinate schedules!
Hee. Yes, [...]
Inside operators within the beltway of Washington, DC love to tell the rest of us how it has to be, and how anybody who thinks otherwise is just naive and wouldn’t understand. The next time you hear some DC insider telling you how it has to be, remember this:
Sam Waterston made a speech in [...]
The Draft Bloomberg Committee reports in its 1st Quarter Disclosure that it received a $1,288 contribution from Unity08 on March 4, 2008. Unity08 reports no such contribution to the Draft Bloomberg Committee in its 1st Quarter report (filed two days late and just now made available). Both Unity08 and the Draft Bloomberg Committee report other [...]
Happy April 15! This isn’t just the day you need to file your tax return. It’s also the day that political organizations not regulated by the FEC are required to file their 1st Quarter disclosures of political contributions with the Internal Revenue Service.
Well, looky looky. I see the Draft Bloomberg Committee has indeed filed [...]
Unity08 filed its lawsuit against the FEC, trying to sue for the right to take donations of unlimited size, on January 10, 2007. The last substantive filing in the case was in May of 2007. Unity08 continues to profess its meager existence if for no other reason than to reach some resolution with the case. [...]
Despite protestations to the contrary by Unity08 staffers, Unity08 did not shut down when it and the Draft Bloomberg committee shared the same business address. It’s not just that the Unity08.com website itself said that Unity08 was “forced to scale back – not cease – our operations.” Unity08 has had its lawyers file a motion [...]
In January of 2007, Unity08 CEO Douglas L. Bailey posed for a video camera in front of the Capitol Building and rolled out a Clean Money Pledge. Bailey challenged members of the public to sign on to a statement in which they committed to the following verbatim text:
I will only vote for a [...]
In Unity08’s financial reports to the IRS for 2007 (split into a report for the 1st half of 2007 and another report for the 2nd half of 2007), the sum total of all contributions for 2007 is $1,550,226.
There are many important pieces of information to sift through in these two reports. But the figure [...]
Over at Donklephant, former Unity08 Vice President Bob Roth (who now writes from the e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org) declared that:
Unity08 was not a process of tranfering, redirecting, re-allocating, re-structuring, re-constituting, or re-organizing into a pro-Bloomberg effort. No member information or money was moved from one organization to the other. They are completely separate organizations.