RNC steps up to fiscal responsibility

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.

Pullen, a CPA, is serving his second term as state chairman of the Arizona Republican Party.

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.’

9 Responses to RNC steps up to fiscal responsibility

  1. MacBeth says:

    I see nothing wrong with accountability, and that sounds like the issue here. The matters addressed in the resolution are pretty straightforward. They sound like reasonable business practices. What’s the furor about?

  2. Hometown Guy says:

    After cleaning up the AZ GOP, Pullen is again standing for credibility. As a C.P.A., he’s the perfect professional watchdog.

  3. Kate says:

    Not a dollar to the RNC until they get this resolution passed. My dollars will go to Pullen and the AZGOP and MCRC locally until these Washington RINOs wake up and smell the coffee.

  4. Charlie Conservative says:

    Sounds like Pullen takes repairing the Republican brand seriously. If Steele can’t get on board, he needs to resign and get out of the way.

  5. Keen Observer says:

    Right, Charlie. I’m sick to death of this Good ‘ol Boy network that get their “high” from power and the party and country be damned. Time is running out to get this right and repair the Republican grassroot’s and voter’s trust.

  6. Jill Franklin says:

    Kate, You nailed it perfectly! Wow! A State Chairman who can perform beyond the call of duty without the backing of his own Congressional delegation. Imagine the long faces on McCain, Kyl, Shadegg and Flake today. It’s a beautiful thing!

  7. Clark says:

    I should call myself Clark in the Dark, since I was completely out of the loop on this issue. I haven’t read anything about it in the local press and it’s a huge story.

    When national party leadership takes on its own Chair in order to get it right, it takes courage and congratulations. I applaud these efforts. What I don’t understand is why Chairman Steele finds these reasonable recommendation to be such an insult. If anyone has the inside scoop on this, I would appreciate knowing why he wants such expanded authority to spend donors’ money.

  8. Another LD11 PC says:


    Randy brings a rare business sense to politics. Something that is *sorely* needed and which the McCainiacs decimated over the past 10 years until Randy took over.

    If “the Johns” would respect the grassroots and the party instead of trying to control it, Randy could end up being a national shining star in the Republican party and, who knows, might even help bring back the elements we need for rebuilding the party and winning instead of whining, shifting, and pandering.

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