Approved Budget Revision (approved May 20th, 2002)

PROPOSAL: Budget 2002, Revision 1

DISCUSSION PERIOD: April 22, 2002 to May 6, 2002

VOTING PERIOD: May 7, 2002 to May 13, 2002

PURPOSE: Update Budget 2002 to reflect current financial activity.


Projected gross income after expenses from fundraising: $177,107
Proposed expenses: $177,107: Tier 2 $291,513
Totals: 0 balanced: Tier 2 <-114,406>

Tier 1 Monthly Income Requirement: $34,084
Tier 2 Monthly Income Requirement: $43,618

Office: $52,654: Tier 2 $58,246
Steering Committee: $76,292: Tier 2 $79,592
Reserve Fund: $30,000: Tier 2 $60,000
Accreditation Committee: $2,046
Communications Committee: $2,000
Coordinated Campaign Committee: $2,000
Diversity Committee: $2,000: Tier 2 $19,500
Field Organizing Plan: Tier 2: $30,834
International Committee: $2,000: Tier 2 $10,000
Media Committee: $3,315
Platform Committee: $2,800
Shadow Cabinet: $2,000: Tier 2 $21,180
Total, Ranges of Requested Expenses: $177,107: Tier 2 $291,513

Jack Uhrich, Fundraising, Salary: $39,000
Overhead for Jack: $10,680
Expense account, phone, postage, copying, travel: $13,731
Dean Myerson, Administration 3/4, Fundraising 1/4, Salary: $40,000
Overhead for Dean: $5,268
Expense account, phone, postage, copying, travel: $6,600
Office Manager/Accts Receivable, Salary: $18,304 to $21,120
Overhead for OM/AR: $4,800
Total Staff Salary, Overhead, Expenses: $141,199



1. Events
a. Nader Events – 5 different cities
invitation/venue/food: $11,000
gross income 5 X $14,200: $71,000
net income: $60,000
50-50 split with host state: $30,000
net income to GP-US: $30,000

b. Events General – 7 different cities
invitation/venue/food: $4,000
gross income 7 X $5000: 35,000
net income: $31,000
50-50 split with host state: $15,500 each
net income to GP-US: $15,500

c. Super Rally – Philadelphia Convention
invites/venue/advertising/materials/guest travel/staff: $10250
gross income: $20,000
net income: $9,750
50-50 split with host state: $4,875 each
net income to GP-US: $4,875

Total Income Events: $50,375

2. Mailings
a. Prospect Lists
purchase .10/name X 10,000/month X 12 months: $12,000
printing/processing/postage: $48,000
gross income projection: 120,000 X 1.5% X $35: $63,000
net income to GP-US: $3,000

b. Prospect Lists Re-solicited
purchase .10/name X 10,000 X 7 months: $7,000
printing/processing/postage 60,000 X $.40: $28,000
gross income projection 60,000 X 2.50% X $40: $60,000
net income to GP-US: $25,000

c. Re-solicitations
4 mailings per year: Mar, June, Sept Dec
Mar 1700 pieces
June 1000 + 1675 new from prospect: 2675
Sept 1775 + 2100 new from prospect: 3875
Dec 2550 + 2750 new from prospect: 5300
Total Re-solicitations: 13,550
postage/printing/processing $.40 X 13,550: $5,420
projected income 9.0% X 13,550 X $40: $48,780
net income to GP-US: $43,360

d. Joint Mailings with States
3000/month X 12: 36000 pieces
postage/processing/printing $.40 X 36000: $14,400
projected income 2.5% X 36000 X $40 : $36,000
net income: $21,600
75/25 split with host state: $16,200 GP-US/$5,400 host state
net income to GP-US: $1,800

Total Income Mailings: $73,160

3. Personal Solicitations
Jan/Feb/Mar X $5000 per month: $15,000
Apr/May/Jun/Jul/Aug/Sept/Nov X $6,565 per month: $45,950
net income to GP-US: $60,650

Total Income Personal Solicitations: $60,950

4. 1000 for $1000 for a Million $$ and Sustainers
April 110 members X $20: $2,200
May 220 members X $20: $4,400
June 330 members X $20: $6,600
July 440 members X $20: $8,800
Aug 550 members X $20: $11,000
Sept 660 members X $20: $13,200
Oct 770 members X $20: $15,400
Nov 880 members X $20: $17,600
Dec 990 members X $20: $19,800

$99,000 gross – 10% fees (9,900) = $89,100
50/50 split with states = $44,550 each

Total Income 1K for 1M$$ and Sustainers: $44,550

5. Internet/Web
January $1000/month increase to $3000/month by October
gross income: $18,000
list purchase: $6,000
net income to GP-US: $12,000

Total Internet/Web: $12,000

6. State Party Contributions
estimate $12,000
Total State Party Contributions: $12,000

Expenses from general funds:
Jack’s salary + overhead: $49,680
25% of Dean’s salary + overhead: $11,317
Staff Expenses:
Jack’s: $13,281
25% of Dean’s: $1,650

Total Staff/Staff Overhead: $75,928

Income all sources: $253,035
Expenses: $75,928

Total Income Fundraising: $177,107


DC OFFICE PROPOSAL – Does not include any personnel expenses

Set-Up Expenses

Computer (2) $2,000
Laser printer $200
Scanner $150
Fax $150
Answering machine $30
Office furniture $500
Telephone equipment $250
Software $338
White boards $50
Janitorial $200
Opening Party Supplies $100
Tier 2: copy machine $3000
Total Startup: $3,968: Tier 2 $6,968

Monthly expenses
Rent $1,700 – $200 sublet: $1,500
Local phone $60
Long distance $100
Cell phone $55
Office supplies $100
Paper $100
copying $50
Postage $200
Internet access $60
Janitorial $100
Insurance $133
Total monthly $2,458 X 11 months: $27,038

Office Manager/Accounts Receivable 32 hrs/wk @ $13/hr to 15/hr X 40.4 weeks:
$16,848 to $19,440
Overhead: $4,800
Total Office Manager/Accts Receivable: $21,648 to $24,240

Total for office for 2002 = $52,654: Tier 2 $58,246



Conference calls 2 hours per week x 26 weeks X $30 = $1560
travel one air trip per year x $450 = $2,700: Tier 2 $1000 ea/yr = $6,000
Discretionary funds for new committees and emergencies $150/month = $1,800
Discretionary Phone Expenses $100/month per SC member: $6,768
Discretionary Legal Services: $8,000
Web site: 3 mo@200 + 9@$400/month = $4,200
Bookkeeper estimated at $500/month X 12 months: $6,000
Administration (3/4 of Dean’s salary + overhead + expenses): $38,901


2 hours teleconference per month/copies/postage = $500/year


Mike Feinstein for previous issues = -$1,500
publishing costs, 1 issue @ $2,400/issue, 3 issues @ 1730 = -$7590
income from bundle sales $23/bundle X 100 bundles X 4 issues = +$9,200
income from subscriptions 200 subscribers X $20 = +$4,000
mailing costs subscribers 9450 current + projected X $.2246ea = -$2,123
layout software = -$700
total: +1,287


Staff $2,250
Total: $2,250


STEERING COMMITTEE TOTAL= $76,292: Tier 2 $79,592



Retain $2,500/month: $30,000: Tier 2 $5,000/month: $60,000



Our proposed committee budget is based on receipt of 5 state party applications, with associated copying and postage costs, and the cost of producing desktop nameplates for these additional state party members; it also calls for partial support ($200 per person) for the committee’s travel to the Summer 2002 meeting. We have not used conference calls, so printing and postage are the committee’s only out-of-pocket expenses associated with accreditation reviews. We cannot guarantee that every committee member will be able to attend the summer meeting of the national committee, but offering a minimal stipend of $200 to help with expenses can encourage full committee attendance.

1. Copying: 5 applications @ 50 pages x 8 x $0.10 $200.00

2. Postage: 5 applications x 8 x $3.90 $156.00

3. Desktop plates: 5 plates @ $18.00 $90.00

4. Travel: 8 members @ $200 $1600.00

TOTAL FOR 2002: $2,046.00

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– Travel stipends for members to attend the 2002 convention 10 members @ $400 = $4000
20 members @ $200 ( partial stipend, registration and meals) $4000
(the changes here are based on an estimated cost for attending the conference of $192 for two nights, (rounding this out to $200 then adding another night for the additional day of diversity training, and adding another $100 for travel on top of that.

I also based the partial stipends on this new amount)

– Organizing communities of color training (during convention): $2000
– Travel for committee co-chairs and other members
(for training, outreach, meetings, networking): $2000
– Postage: $100
– calls: 12@$25 = $300
– to members for conference calls
$5×10 members x 12 calls (this works out to 2ea. month for mos.) = $600 – Photocopying: $300
– Subscriptions/Books: $100
– Speakers Bureau (travel and materials/printing/copying) = $3500
– Start Up costs for Diversity Cacuses
Conference calls: $150
Member costs for Conf. calls $300
Postage $50
Photocopies: $150
TOTAL: $650x 4 cacuses = $2600

TOTAL Diversity Committee Budget = $19500



Committee Co-Chairs: Tod Sloan and Annie Goeke

Please type in the mission statement or general goal of your committee, particularly as it applies to the 2002 calendar year.

<li>Foster collaboration and exchange with Green parties around the world.</li>

<li>Network with organizations and movements working for global peace, social justice, human rights, and environmentally sustainable economics.</li>

<li>Develop and advise on policy for international and global aspects of the National Green Party platform.</li>

<li>Coordinate Green Party representation to the Federation of Green Parties of the Americas, Global Green Network, and international events and meetings.</li>

<li>Inform U.S. Greens about international issues</li>

Please list what physical materials (such as printed material) your committee plans to produce in 2002 and your estimated cost, both per unit and total, if applicable.

The IC needs to have accessible national GP materials to distribute internationally at meetings etc. This would include national platform, green pages publication and other NGP documents that are important for our networking with Greens internationally. For routine ongoing business which includes copying costs $100 for photocopying (for Co Chairs and other official delegates from GGN and Federation)

Please list any physical or tangible materials your committee will need to purchase (computer supplies, books, etc.) and their cost.

Occasionally, the IC needs to buy gifts for international visitors coming to our National meetings and also sometimes taking our visitors out to lunch.Estimate costs $300

Please list any supplies you will need (things that get used up: postage, paper clips, etc) and their cost).

Estimate costs for international postage, photos, historical archiving, business cards, and paper: $100

Please list how many phone conference calls you need.

We use Turtle Island conference services, run by a Green Party member in California. It costs either $15 or $25 per hour. If you have access to cheaper conference calls, please indicate so. Also list any reimbursements your committee members will need for personal phone calls. We would like to start a monthly teleconference call which would mean 12 X $25 ($15 would be good but how do we get this price?) = $300 teleconference calls $200 for Co Chairs and official delegates ie GGN and Federation – includes international calling Estimate costs: $500

Please list any travel needs your committee will have. Include likely locations, the reason travel is needed, and why the need cannot be met by telephone or computer.

Obviously, the IC needs to have most of their funding given to travel costs.
Calendar for 2002 so far
Jan. – Senegal (African GP Congress) $800 *
Jan. – Porto Alegre, Brazil – World Sustainable Summit $800
March – Bogota, Colombia – Presidential elections observers – $500
May – EFGP 3rd Congress, Germany $800 *
late spring – Canada coordination of US/Canada GP (?Toronto) $300
June – Earth Summit, Johannesburg S. Africa – $1000 *
other meetings July – December still in the planning phase
(* urge strongly USGP participation)
Estimate costs for the whole 2002 travel budget: $7200

Will your work involve working with groups outside of the Green Party? If so, please describe. Will the Green Party potentially need formal representation with these groups?

Yes, we hope to work with organizations similar to Heinrich Boell Foundation and international NGO’s who have offices in the United States.Does your work overlap with that of other Green Party standing committees? No, but we certainly collaborate with the SC, Platform and Media committees.

Total estimated costs for the International Committee 2002 budget $8200 ($10,000 would be nice J)



The original plan had been to hire full-time organizers on contract at $2500 per month. This works out to about $15 per hour considering normal full-time work. If we are to hire field organizers initially on an occasional basis, this would work to $120 per day. Since our goal initially is to hire people to work in their part of the country, travel expenses may be lower since they won’t need to fly for every trip. Thus a weekend field organizing effort would be $250.

The question is what we add for benefits we are not paying for since they aren’t employees. If the average health plan for an individual is $200/month (just a guess), then a weekends worth of that would be $20. We could just say we would pay $300 for a weekend and then they have to cover expenses when no air travel or hotel is required. More generally, the suggestion is to add 20% to the suggested base pay for benefits and incidentals. Air and hotel would need to be approved ahead of time and would be reimbursed.

Another part is the trainings. I will research this expense.

Proposed budget


Two weekend field organizing visits/trips: $600
One of these could involve travel by air: additional $250.
March budget: -$850


One one-week trip in one state visiting locals: $864 ($120 x 6 x 1.2)
Two weekend trips: $600
Airline and hotel expense: $300
April budget: $1764


One one-week trip in a state or region visiting locals: $864
Three weekend trips: $900
Airline and hotel expense: $600
May budget: $2364


Two one-week trips: $1728
Three weekend trips: $900
Airline and hotel expense: $750
June budget: $3378


Two one-week trips: $1728
Four weekend trips: $1200
Airline and hotel expense: $900
July budget: $3828


Hire first full-time organizer: $3000 total
Additional two weekend trips: $600
Airline and hotel expense: $250
August budget: $3850


Full-time organizer: $3000 total
Additional three weekend trips: $900
Airline and hotel expense: $400
September budget: $4300


Two full-time organizers: $6000
Airline and hotel expense: $1000
October budget: $7000


Two full-time organizers for half month: $3000
Airline and hotel expense: $500
November budget: $3500

2002 Field Organizer budget: -$30,834
(quarterly breakdown: 1Q: $850, 2Q: $7506, 3Q: $11978, 4Q: $10500)



$795 – purchase media list with subscription for updates for a year
$600 – purchase Lexus/Nexus news search service for a year
$450 – long distance phone calls to reporters ($50/month)
$200 – travel to Philadelphia meeting for media committee
$1000 – video project (or at least $500)
$270 – committee conference calls ($30/month)

Total: $3315


$2000 for platform production
some income from selling platforms
hosting platform website (, or under another name of is
used for some other Green Party purpose): $300
web design template for PRA submissions for the 2004 platform
development process: $300
teleconferencing: $150-200

Total: $2,800



Committee CoChairs: Jerilyn Bowen, Blair Bobier

In the next calendar year, our committee plans to do no less than create what may well be the Green’s premier tool for visibility, development, and organizing: the Shadow Cabinet. This bold initiative has met with an enthusiastic response from established leaders and prominent spokespeople who are potential cabinet officials, including Greens nationwide, a member of the United States Congress, and a former FCC Chair.

Once established, our Cabinet will provide a highly visible vehicle for the Green perspective and for Greens with aspirations to elected office. Shadowing the moves of the Bush administration, the Cabinet will put forth both positive Green proposals and trenchant critiques of current government policy. The aim is to make ourselves seen and heard beyond our own circles and to influence the terms of public debate.

With an open-ended “war against terrorism” underway, the Democrats are more than ever complacently following the disastrous lead of a Republican adminstration that contrives to benefit corporate interests above all else. The Cabinet will underscore the similarities of the two major parties and present the Greens, not the Democrats, as the true alternative to business (and war) as usual.

In the next year, the committee plans to move from the present exploratory phase to actually forming the Cabinet and publicly launching it. We are presently completing the screening of nominees and preparing to send an approach letter to determine the interest of those we would like to consider for the cabinet. Once we have those responses, we will follow up to explore the suitability of those interested in terms of their politics and willingness to work accountably with us. Using that information, we will winnow the list down to our top choices and post these to the USGP Coordinating Committee for the final selection process.

Once the Cabinet is in place, the GSC Committee envisions using it to build the party from the grassroots through the national levels. Toward that end we will put out an organizing packet and work to link Cabinet officials with state Green parties and local GP groups.

Since this promises to be one of the major organizing efforts our party will undertake in the next year, we hope that it will be funded accordingly. While the budget we propose below represents a substantial amount for a fledgling national party, we feel it is a most modest one for a project of this dimension. Among other things, our proposed budget does not call for paid staff, office space, or incidental office supplies, with the attendant overhead.

At present the committee chairs, two long-time highly experienced organizers (one of whom is an attorney), are willing to work pro bono, and to donate their homes as office space.

If the Green Party of the United States wants to be player on the national stage, we must be prepared to raise the money needed for programs of national scope like this one. With the funding requested, we believe we can make the Cabinet fulfill its promise. Without sufficient funding, we would be able to accomplish much less. We hope that the national party will make the financial commitment needed to get the Cabinet off the ground and into the public arena.

In addition we foresee that, once the Cabinet becomes a major national operation, it will require special fundraising efforts to ensure that it has the staffing and other resources needed to make it effective in the long haul. Toward that end, we are willing to lend a hand with targeted Cabinet fundraising.

In conclusion–not including additional fundraising specifically earmarked for the Cabinet–we request the following budget from the USGP general fund to cover the expenses of Green Shadow Cabinet organizing:

Materials & Equipment

1000 brochures/flyers $150
100 organizing packets for state & locals $200
1000 GSC letterhead $150
1000 GSC envelopes $250
Computer printer cartridges $100
Two fax machines $300
Two cell phones @ $40 a month for one year: $960
(contacting cabinet nominees, keeping in touch with cabinet officials, organizing speaking engagements & press events, and many other aspects of the program will require a great deal of phoning & faxing.)

Postage & Website

Mailings to nominees, media, other organizations, states & locals: $600
Setting up & maintaining interactive website for public use: $400

Conference Calls

Committee conference calls: 6 months bi-weekly @$15=$180
Conference calls, including Cabinet members: 6 months weekly @ $15=$390
Other long distance calls: $2000

[Note that Sparks Communication allows unlimited conference calls to an organization as a whole for $75/month, except that calls can’t be made from 4-9 pm Pacific Time.]


Trip to DC for two CoChairs to interview nominees in person & another CoChair trip to DC for the initial cabinet meeting, launching events, & press conference: $2000

We feel that personal meetings with key prospects could make a big difference in bringing together a first-rate Shadow Cabinet. Once the Cabinet is assembled, to launch it a national press conference is called for.

One round trip for co-chair Blair Bobier to Philly for USGP July CC meeting. (Blair is not a delegate to the CC and therefore less likely to get state party support for this trip): $500

Travel fund to bring Cabinet members to DC for initial meeting/event/press conference: $3000

Travel for speaking tours & other speaking engagements for Cabin members (possibility of recouping this through speaker honorariums, admission, etc.): $10,000


USGP Questions

Will your work involve working with groups outside of the Green Party?
If so, please describe. Will the Green Party potentially need formal representation with these groups?

The Green Shadow Cabinet entails contacts with both Greens and like minded progressives. It is envisioned as the vehicle of a broad outreach to a diversity of organizations around the country. Because of the particular form this takes, it doesn’t look as if there will be any need for formal representation.

Does your work overlap with that of other Green Party standing committees?

Yes, notably Platform & Media. In addition, some Cabinet officials and other nominees whom we will have contacted may be of interest to the Presidential Exploratory Committee for the election of 2004.