An Open Letter To:
Corbin T. Jones
Campaign Finance Analyst
Federal Election Commission (FEC.GOV)
999 E Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20463
202/219-3336 (for the hearing impaired)
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Dear Corbin T. Jones:
I am responding to your December 13, 2006 letter.
I am responding to your December 13, 2006 letter, but first I must
share about my ongoing frustations and difficulties that I have and
continue to have with the Federal Election Commission
It is not my intent to be rude or unkind in my
It is however my intent to once again bring to the attention of the
Federal Election Commission (FEC.GOV), not just one employee
entire governmental body, frustrations that I have in the hopes that
those frustrations will be eased because of steps taken by FEC.GOV
become the govenmental body that it claims that it is through documents
and statements on their website.
I founded Citizens For A Better America (R) (CFABA.ORG)
on October 15,
1992. I have been the assistant treasurer since founding the
organization. Because of problems with the Federal Election
I decided to become the Senior Treasurer when our
last senior treasurer resigned.
I am well aware of our dealings with FEC.GOV since founding the
organization in 1992.
Since 1992 I have been frustrated with FEC.GOV again and again and
again. I have attempted all the ways that I know how to
resolve these frustations with FEC.GOV.
During those 14 plus years, there has been a short period of time when
those frustrations were getting resolved. That was when I was
dealing with Mr. Brad Litchfield, the Associate General
Counsel. I have been informed by FEC.GOV
that he is no longer
I am truly disappointed that he is no longer
It appeared that he was the only one that seemed to care about
resolving frustrations of people like myself. It also
appeared that he was the only employee that I had dealt with since
October 15, 1992 that cared about the image, integrity and reputation
It is with great saddness that I make the
statement "It also appeared that he was the only employee that I had
dealt with since October 15, 1992 that cared about the image, integrity
and reputation of FEC.GOV."
I have expressed those frustrations on numerous occassions with various
staff members and high ranking officials of FEC.GOV
through phone calls
and written communication.
To list all of frustrations would be very lengthy and it would appear
of no value to FEC.GOV
does not respond to those
frustrations and does not even have the appearance of caring as
demonstrated on numerous occassions including but not limited to my
last letter on January 17, 2006 to FEC.GOV and the response that was
returned back to me.
Among some of the most frustrating issues are:
01. You stated in your December 13, 2006 letter:
"Any response submitted by your committee will be placed on the public
record and will be considered by the Commission prior to taking
What is the definition of "will be placed on the public
Even though I made my response letter, AN OPEN REQUEST FOR AN ADVISORY
did not post it to the page on the internet that has
letters, reports and amendments that we have filed.
That page can be viewed by clicking on the following link: [http://herndon1.sdrdc.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?C00278333]
It does not however contain our responses to letters like your December
02. You demand with the threats of the severists financial
penalties that if a committee like ours does not respond and does not
respond adequately, those kinds of penalties can be imposed on
it. However, FEC.GOV does not even have the
to respond to questions asked in an Open Letter from a committee like
ours. Again, I am referring to my last letter dated January
Since the response that I received to my January 17, 2006 letter was
completely inadequate as far as FEC.GOV answering questions maybe
is no obligation on the part of FEC.GOV that it answer questions
requested or demanded to do so, unless it is through a
lawsuit. So, if a request is not sufficient for FEC.GOV,
please consider it a DEMAND. If a demand is not sufficient for FEC.GOV,
then please consider it a FORMAL DEMAND.
It does appear that FEC.GOV does respond to lawsuits
filed against it
by committees such as ours. However, it is extremely costly
for committees to bring lawsuits against FEC.GOV.
Is it the
intent for FEC.GOV
to have every problem be resolved through lawsuits
filed against FEC.GOV?
It does appear that it is the intent
to only respond to lawsuits filed against. It
greatly disappoints me to believe that and to say it to FEC.GOV.
As I stated in my Tuesday, January 17, 2006 entitled: AN OPEN REQUEST
FOR AN ADVISORY OPINION!:
Again with respect, your mission statement that says to "Limit the
disproportionate influence of wealthy individuals and special interest
groups on the outcome of federal elections;" you ARE NOT accomplishing
that objective and goal.
has consistently treated CFABA.ORG as a non-connected
committee as it appears that it has done to all other committees like
us without the concern that we do not have the same resources of the
regulated community that receives millions and millions of dollars or
for that matter the tens of thousands of dollars.
It is completely unfair for FEC.GOV to treat committees like
receive less than fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) per year the same as
it treats committees that receive millions and hundreds of millions of
dollars. What I mean by "unfair" is that it appears that the
expects all committees no matter how much money they receive to
bring a lawsuit against FEC.GOV rather than being a good
body rather than being a thug that by all its actions it has become.
I just do not understand how FEC.GOV can have a mission
"Limit the disproportionate influence of wealthy individuals and
special interest groups on the outcome of federal
elections;"? Again, FEC.GOV is NOT accomplishing that
objective and goal.
There needs to be a balance between the current behavior of FEC.GOV
with excessive intimidation, thug, and bully like tactics.
The apparent FEC.GOV
tactics that each and every poltical committee is
trying to break the law and is trying to get away with is
unfair. This was and perhaps to a lesser extent was the
tactics used by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS.GOV) until Congress
acted to put a stop to it.
There needs to be some thinking and tactics by FEC.GOV
that there are
political committees that do want to be within the law, do want to
follow the law and do want to be honorable in their dealing with
As we have stated in our Belief and Mission Statement:
America is dying from the inside out as functional values like honor,
truthfulness, integrity, respect and responsibility for action and
family are cast aside, for a valueless society.
We believe that there is a place for Morality and Values in America.
Our entire Belief and Mission Statement can be viewed by clicking on
the following link:
I can not speak for all political committees, I can speak for
We are attempting to do all that we can to
cooperate with FEC.GOV
and to completely be within the law, not just
the letter but also the spirit of the law. Frankly, you are
not helping. It is time for you to either get serious about
helping us or just change your Belief and Mission Statement and I offer
my services to write you one. I would venture to say that I
do not think you will like it.
As a side note the FEC.GOV does not mandate the use
of FECFILE software
until any political committee has donations over fifty thousand dollars
($50,000) per year, a policy I agree with.
QUESTIONS I AM REQUESTING AN ANSWER TO:
01. Why is it that I get a letter in December of even
numbered years from a different "Campaign Finance Analyst," is it the
policy of FEC.GOV
to change analysts for committees every 1-2 years?
02. What do I have to do for FEC.GOV to post my responses to
"requests for additional information," on the same webpage that
has all other FEC.GOV
letters and our reports?
03. Do the FEC.GOV Commissioners ever see any
letters. How do I bring these issues to their attention?
04. Again, as I have asked this question before, what is the
procedure that we as a committee need to take to file a complaint(s)
05. Which committee in Congress has oversight over FEC.GOV?
06. In December 2006 with the sending of packets for the
January 31, 2007 filing they told us as well as all other committees
has made communication with committees like ours must be
done only through email. Can I request / demand that you send
me letters like your December 13, 2006 letter through email?
07. You stated in your December 13, 2006 letter: "Failure to
provide an adequate response by this date may result in an audit of the
committee." What are the procedures that FEC.GOV
conduct an audit?
You stated in your December 13, 2006 letter: "An itemization of the
information needed follows:
-Your report discloses a payment(s) on Schedule(s) C and D to David
Shemanski, Robert Colaco, Providian Bank Visa CC 2040, Gail colaco and
First Bankcard Visa CC 2030, which has not been recorded on a
disbursement schedule. Loan payments must be reflected on a
Schedule B or E as well as on Schedule C, and debt payments must be
reflected on a Schedule B, E, H4 or H6 as well as on Schedule
D. Please amend your reports to clarify this
discrepancy. 2 U.S.C. 434(B)(5)(D)
08. Where do you see a payment to David Shemanski?
09. Are you referring to a payment to Robert Colaco on page 9
of 29? If so, I stated in "Purpose of Disbursement" 20060616
10. Where do you see a payment to Gail Colaco?
As far as a payment to First Bankcard Visa CC 2030 has been recorded on
Page 27 of 29. In the "Payment This Period" is
75.00! If you are asking why are the payments not listed in
Schedule B, I do not know the answer to that question since I used the
latest version of FECFILE Software provided by FEC.GOV.
The method that I used to handle the transactions is as follows:
01. I went into the Icon entitled: Loans, Debts &
02. It brought up all the loans and debts that CFABA.ORG
03. I highlighted First Bankcard Visa CC 2030 with the
individual date of the loan.
04. I then right clicked and then clicked on the Loan/Debt
05. I then clicked on the Add New.
06. I then clicked on the Federal Operating Expenditure
07. I then clicked ok and entered the transaction with the
name: First Bankcard Visa CC 2030.
08. I then filled in the date, amount and description
09. I then went down to the Category Code and used one of the
pull down option that FEFFILE has given me which I normally use:
QUESTION: What specifically did I do wrong?
Now, I have to say that this is another one of my severe frustrations
with FECFILE and FEC.GOV. They do not
take responsibility for
their actions. Their actions, meaning that their software
does or does not do certain things and they, FEC.GOV
takes out their
frustrations on committtees like ours because there are defects in
I believe I have answered all the questions posed in your December 13,
2006 letter in an excellent fashion. I expect nothing less
Unless you can tell me specifically what I did wrong, it would appear
that FECFILE has yet another problem within.
When I wrote my January 17, 2006 letter which can be read by clicking
on the following link: [http://www.cfaba.org/cf06074.htm]
it was my hope that I would not have to use stronger, more forceful
language as far as my frustrations with FEC.GOV!
Sadly, I was
extremely disappointed that was has not been the case. It is
also disgusting to me to have to use what some would believe to be not
foul but certainly caustic language with FEC.GOV.
In fact, I used to think that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS.GOV)
was the worst bully among governmental organizations.
Thankfully, the Congress of the United States of America stepped in and
implemented such reforms as an Ombudsman program, The Taxpayers Bill of
Rights and other measures to change the Internal Revenue Service, IRS
from the completely lawless organization that it
Just in case you are wondering, I believe that the Federal Election
is the proud owner of the worst bully among
So far, it would appear to me that the Federal Election Commission
needs some of the same reforms. I believe the
Federal Election Commission (FEC.GOV) needs is the same kinds
reforms like a Political Committee Bill of Rights. It also
needs Political Committee Representatives. Representatives
from Political Committees that can speak for committees like
ours. I am speaking of something that exists in Private
Enterprise and in some Corporations in America that have dealer's
associations or representative's associations.
I am totally saddened that I believe and see that the Federal Election
has become a governmental body that has been given
a great deal of power to levy fines on political organizations like
It has however not used that power to make the job of political
committees like ours to cooperate with Federal Election Commission
to file reports and submit answers to questions with the
least amount of inconvenience to political committees like
I say that because I would venture to say that the overwhelming
majority of political committees like ours are run by volunteers and do
not get paid to take the about five (5) hours that it has taken me to
write this letter.
After taking that kind of time it is truly disgusting for the FEC.GOV
to potentially ignore this letter as they did ignoring my January 17,
2006 letter that took even more time than this since I did an enormous
amount of research to attempt to find out the structure of FEC.GOV,
in Congress regulates it and so on. Basically the questions
that I asked in this letter since I was unable to find answers on
website and questions that were not answered by my January 17,
Again, it is my hope that FEC.GOV answers my questions this
time. Or, tells me what I have to do to get my questions
As a legal immigrant to the USA, and as a Naturalized United States
Citizen I know all too well the danger signs demonstrated by
governmental bodies that appear to not care, appear to be unaffected or
appear to do whatever they want without any concern for the
constituency they are to serve. Yes, FEC.GOV
is such a
governmental body. I do not know what it was like before I
became a candidate for Congress in November 1988 as a governmental
body. I do however know through my own experience what
has been to deal with since November 1988 and more so since
on October 15, 1992.
From all that I know, political committees like ours are part of the
constituency that you are to serve.
Having been born in Baghdad, Iraq, when a United States governmental
body does the things that a dictator like Saddam Hussein did, I am
truly repulsed and disgusted. I am both disappointed and
greatly saddened that FEC.GOV by its actions are doing
the same kinds
of things done by the government of Saddam Hussein.
Again, I am asking FEC.GOV to stop your bad behavior
and start a good
behavior of caring about this part of your constituency, political
Senior Treasurer, Volunteer National Chairman, Founder
Citizens For A Better America (R) (CFABA.ORG)
Carbon Copy Sent By USPS TO All Commissioner on 01/16/2007 those on the
following webpage: [http://www.fec.gov/members/members.shtml]:
01. FEC Commissioner Robert D. Lenhard, Chairman
02. FEC Commissioner David M. Mason, Vice Chairman
03. FEC Commissioner Hans A. von Spakovsky
04. FEC Commissioner Michael E. Toner
05. FEC Commissioner Steve T. Walther
06. FEC Commissioner Ellen L. Weintraub
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