MinuteMen More Excited About Guarding Border Than Double Column Bookkeeping …?

Cross Posted From Red Hot Cuppa Politics

Once in a while, there’s news I don’t really want to blog about, but in fairness needs to be presented. I saw an an article yesterday in the WashingtonTimes, which questioned whether or not the MinuteMen had been handling donations responsibly.

From the WashingtonTimes, this morning:

The Minuteman Civil Defense Corps’ top leaders signed a letter yesterday saying they have “complete confidence in the professional firms” hired by MCDC President Chris Simcox to oversee the organization’s finances, citing criticism from within and outside the group as “utterly without merit.”

The letter, posted on the Minuteman Web page (http://www.minutemanhq.com) applauded Mr. Simcox’s decision to employ “accredited and experienced professionals to assist the organization in management of our finances.”

“There are those both within the border security movement and actively opposed to it who, for ideological reasons or in advancement of personal ambition, wish the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps to fail,” Minuteman Civil Defense Corps (MCDC) said in a statement.

“Critics are obtaining false information from known racialists, anti-Semites and a small handful of disgruntled people who have been terminated from staff or from leadership involvement with the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps over a year ago because they could not meet MCDC standards or adhere to our strict field standard operational procedures,” the group said.

The letter came in response to a report yesterday in The Washington Times that a growing number of MCDC leaders and volunteers had questions concerning the whereabouts of money contributed to the organization over the past 15 months and its ties to Declaration Alliance, a Virginia-based charity headed by conservative Alan Keyes.

They said they had no idea how much money had been collected as part of its effort to stop illegal entry along the U.S.-Mexico border or on what it had been spent. Several top officials have quit or are threatening to do so. Others questioned whether MCDC volunteers received the equipment they needed for their border vigils

MCDC has not made any financial records public despite concern within the organization and requests by The Times dating back to October…

Heh. Imagine not feeling the need to cooperate with a national media outlet! Here’s the link to the NYT’s story — and dollars to donuts, the hoary NYT’s will devote the loving detail to this story that they ignored with Hillary’s campaign funding hijinks a year or so ago.

Red Hunter, over at RedState.Com also expressed some concerns, but a commenter pointed out: When the IRS can adequately explain where all of their budget goes then I’ll worry about the Minutemen.

Well. It’s a volunteer organization that has probably grown faster, and raised more money than its organizers ever dreamed of. Most folks involved with the MinuteMen want to build a fence along the border, or spot illegal aliens sneaking across. My guess is that very few actually are fired up to do double column bookkeeping.

My guess is that while there has likely been some sloppy accounting, I doubt there’s been much out and out swindling, but we’ll see how it shakes down. The LoneStarTimes has also noted the story.

Meanwhile, while Congress has refused to fund a border fence — the MinuteMen have gotten an okay to continue their fence along the Arizona border.

And incidentally, the new fence will help out a rancher:

Rancher Richard Hodges said the primary purpose of the barrier, which will have two parallel fences and razor wire, is to keep cattle from walking onto a Border Patrol access road that runs along his property in that area.

Hodges doesn’t own any cattle, but he said he does lease land to someone who owns 18 cows and 18 calves.

But he said the fence could also be used to keep illegal immigrants from crossing his property. There are two trails that cross his ranch, which covers 300 acres, he said.

“This is going to be a substantial barrier,” Hodges said.

So, let’s see. The MinuteMen are doing the job along the border which our government refuses to do … and in a few months, their bookkeeping is likely to be better than the feds as well.
Click to the CoalitionBlog for the latest and freshest on illegal immigration reform. Debbie’s back from Canada, and has an interesting and instructive article about crossing the northern border. BorderPundit writes about an Hispanic organization who’s motto is “You Don’t Speak For Me!”
MorningC0ffee presents a beat-your-head-against-the-wall coverage of the Senate fence “debate.”

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let Brian know at what level you would like to participate.**

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