November 22, 2020

Green Party of the United States
Steering Committee

Sunday November 22, 2020
8:00 PM EST

Observers please fill out the Observer Request Form.

  1. Call Setup & Background
    15 minutes
    1. Facilitator:
      Sid Smith
    2. Roll call
      Kristin Combs, Trahern Crews, Margaret Elisabeth, Gloria Mattera, Tony Ndege, Anita Rios, Tamar Yager
      David Gerry
      Hillary Kane
    3. Establish Quorum: 9 current members; quorum is 5.

      When you are not speaking please have your phone muted.

      When someone finishes speaking please say “over” then the stack will be called and people can ask to be added.

    4. Agenda revision suggestions

      If there is not consensus then simple changes need a majority and new items require 2/3 majority.

  2. Standing Business
    40 minutes
    1. Treasurer's report (Hillary)
      5 minutes

      Monthly Treasurer Reports

    2. Fundraising Report (Tamar)
      5 minutes
    3. Approval of Expenditures
      0 minutes

      2020 Budget

      1. $500 for Communications Manager (Line: 85)
        0 minutes

        Subscription to 2 news services and management tool.

        Approved by consensus: 11/17/2020

    4. Forum Manager's Report
      5 minutes

      2020 third Quarter Report

    5. Liaison reports
      25 minutes

      As needed. Please be breif.

      • Trahern: Accreditation, Green Pages, Merchandising
      • Kristin: Credentials, DRC, GPAX, Platform
      • Margaret: BMRC, BRPP, PCSC
      • Gloria: CCC, ETC, Fundraising, Media
      • Tony: BAC, Eco-Action, Outreach
      • Anita: ANMC, Diversity, IC
      • Tamar: ARC, Apportionment Review, Finance
  3. Voting Queue
    5 minutes
    1. In the queue
    2. Received for the queue
      1. 1001 – Confirmation of Robert Fox (LC) to the Finance Committee
        Floor Manager:
      2. 1001 – Amendment Credentials Committee Mission Statement
        Floor Manager:
  4. Old Business
    40 minutes
    1. Establish a Legal Fund (Decision; Tamar)
      10 minutes
      Establish a Legal Fund

      The Steering Committee voted in 2017 to put money received from the Stein campaign into operating reserves for use in case we needed to maintain the $60,000 in reserves.  Basically, it was a rainy day fund.  Because we seem to be on more solid footing now, this proposal is to use that money for a legal fund.  It would still remain in reserves for legal purposes and expenses would have to be approved by the SC.

      Legal fund would start with XXXX to come from operating reserve funds.  Fund can be used for any legal purpose up to certain limits.  Funding for Ballot Access lawsuits and/or legislation would be no greater than 50% of the reserves on January 1 of each year for that year.  If donations are received during a year, up to 50% of the money can be used for ballot access lawsuits and legislative efforts.

      Money can be donated to this fund directly.  The account would be held in reserves and carry over each year.  Suggestion would be to have a team of 3-4 people approve any legal fund requests and send to the Steering Committee final approval.

    2. 2021 Budget (Decision; All)
      30 minutes

      2021 Budget (Draft)

      Timeline: Final Approval Nov. 22, Discussion starts: Nov. 30; Voting begins: Dec. 14; Voting ends: Dec. 21

  5. New Business
    30 minutes
    1. Planning 2020 Presidential Campaign Debrief (Dicision; Trahern)
      15 minutes
      Hawkins/Walker Campaign, PCSC, BAC, CCC?, others?


      National Committee
    2. Rhode Island and the Accreditation Committee (Discussion; All)
      15 minutes
  6. Time:
    2 hours 10 minutes
  7. Executive Session
    0 minutes

2 hours 10 minutes