Did the consultants
who helped elect RNC chairman Michael Steele get RNC contracts? Well, some did, some didn't. This is how the
world works. Undoubtedly other consultants who helped other candidates
would have gotten some too. But the issue of contracts irritates many RNC members. And the controversial resolution -- it would significantly increase financial oversight -- being offered by RNC treasurer Randy Pullen at the next party meeting is relevant in part because Pullen and some fellow RNC members believe that Steele is rewarding his friends and punishing his enemies.
From the story by Z. Hallow:
Mr. Pullen gave Mr. Steele the proposed resolution in a private meeting last
week. The sponsors argued that it would help Mr. Pullen and other RNC officers
identify and head off questionable financial actions and, thus, insulate party
officials from any possible federal prosecution for financial misdeeds done
under the aegis of the RNC.
The Pullen 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.