Kors/EQCA Sitting on Finished Prop 8 Audit?
Just over a month ago, I blogged about the two long-promised audits of the No on 8 campaign and the role of Equality California in the campaign.
Now, five months after the A-gays on the executive committee of the campaign and their well-compensated consultants lost gay marriage in California, and burned through $45 million doing so, word comes from Seth Hemmelgarn of the Bay Area Reporter that one of the audits is finished.
However, the audit has yet to see the light of day beyond the ivory tower of EQCA's headquarters in the Castro.
From the BAR's blog last Thursday:
Geoff Kors, EQCA’s executive director and a member of the No on 8 executive committee, told the Bay Area Reporter in a March 30 e-mail that the report “was expected to be received tomorrow and released in its entirely sometime soon.”
Why is this man still in a leadership position in California? I don't understand why, after losing so much for gays, he's still in charge of "our" statewide organization. A crisis went to waste, in that after Prop 8 won, no structural changes were made to Gay Inc in California and the generals who lost the war are still in charge.
Vaishalee Raja, EQCA’s communications director, responded to questions about the report in an e-mail April 9.
“We’re just waiting for the final, final version of the report,” Raja wrote. Staff have reviewed previous drafts and provided edits as basic as language, grammar, and punctuation, and they’ve added substantive material because the firm’s information was incomplete for certain parts of the report, she said. ...
“The delay is simply due to Geoff’s intense schedule and all the traveling he’s been doing, and the report is around 35 pages so there’s a lot of material to comb through,” she wrote. “Plus going back and forth with the firm on edits is taking some time.”
I don't trust anything anyone from this organization has to say. They lied so many times during the campaign, and have shown themselves beholden to A-gays only, all the while positioning themselves to lead the next ballot proposition on gay marriage.
Raja said in her e-mail that the B.A.R. will hopefully get a copy of the report by Tuesday, April 14, the day after EQCA is set to lead a marriage equality town hall in San Francisco, “which means we’ll probably be working over the weekend again to get everything into shape.”
She did not immediately respond to a message asking how much EQCA is paying Woodward and McDowell, the Burlingame-based ballot measure and issue advocacy firm, to conduct the assessment. Raja later said EQCA is paying $7,500 for the report.
Kudos to the BAR for informing us of the cost for the audit. Every detail of it must be transparent and scrutinized.
Ted Green, a project director at the firm, said the report contains three sections: an inventory of what EQCA did to try to help defeat Prop 8; an analysis of what’s happened since November, when the measure to ban same-sex marriage passed with 52 percent of the vote; and “lessons learned and recommendations going forward.”
Green is gay and volunteered with No on 8, though he noted that the firm was not involved in the campaign. He said the substantive material Raja referred to pertains to the inventory portion of what EQCA did. ...
“We took an objective look at what Equality California did,” Green said when asked if his volunteer role with the campaign could taint the evaluation. “We came at it from the view of people who wanted to see Prop 8 defeated” and see marriage equality in California.
Green said he couldn’t say how much EQCA is paying for the assessment.
Huh? EQCA said the cost was $7,500, so why would he not know the cost involved? Cost aside, would be nice of EQCA to share this report with the community.
There’s no word yet on when the larger assessment of the No on 8 campaign will be available. That evaluation is being conducted by UCLA.C'mon, UCLA. Get moving on your audit and give the community a clue as to when your report will be made public.