Randy Pullen, the Republican National Committee’s (RNC) elected treasurer, along with former RNC General Counsel David Norcross and three other former top RNC officers have presented Chairman Michael Steele with a resolution, calling for a new set of checks and balances on the chairman’s power to allocate money. The powers include new controls on awarding contracts and spending money on outside legal counsel and other services.
The resolution would make it a written rule that contracts of $100,000 or more be open to competitive bidding; that all checks be signed by two RNC officers; that party staff be prohibited from signing on behalf of an officer; and that all contracts be reviewed and approved by the members of the RNC executive committee.
In an article titled Steele may lose purse strings, the Washington Times carries the complete two-page report here.
The group needs signatures from RNC members from 16 states to compel the resolution to the floor for a vote by the full party committee at the May 20 special meeting.
“It is of course not lost on me that each of you worked tirelessly down to the last minute in an effort to stop me from becoming chairman,” Mr. Steele wrote to the men.
Pullen, himself a candidate for treasurer, in fact backed no one for national chairman.
The party’s former general counsel David Norcross, a longtime friend and mentor to Steele, supported the South Carolina GOP chairman. Since then, Norcross said Chairman Steele has not responded to telephone calls and e-mails from him. Steele assumed office on January 30, 2009.
Today’s Washington Times has a report on the chairman’s response: Steele fights back against RNC ‘scheme.’