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From the Chief Information Officer of the CDC
Below is an excerpt from my report.
Click Here: To Read the Report in Full or scroll down for the full document.
Democrats of Chesapeake,
In December 2017, I joined the Chesapeake Democratic Committee to be involved in something larger than myself. I quickly realized the organization I joined needed help transitioning into a modern digital committee, which could embrace and leverage current technology to better help elect Democrats from Chesapeake’s City Hall to the Capital’s National Mall.
My hope was to make a difference in the CDC. I saw an organization with non-existent tech infrastructure, a poor public-facing image and lack of transparency. I knew with my set of skills, I could help the organization be more open, collaborative, secure and effective in its mission of spreading the Values of the Democratic Party and electing Democrats.
I did not ask for any title or position, I only sought to use my expertise to help the Committee.
Saturday, January 27th, 2018, the newly Elected Officers asked me to be the Chief Information Officer. This was unexpected, but I accepted, cognizant of the large responsibility such a position holds. I was confident in my technical abilities, but quickly sought to learn as much as possible about the operations of local political parties and local politics.
Over the past 16 months, I’ve worked to support the Committee. Only with the help of other Members, have I been able to accomplish, for the Committee, all the things which are enumerated, beginning on the page titled: Services to the Committee as the CIO.
Friday, March 22nd, 2019, the Virginia Department of Elections provided training on Campaign Finance Reporting for Candidates and Political Parties. This training was attended by several CDC members including myself, Mrs. Bettie Anderson, Les Smith, Yvonne Stuart, and Dr. Margaret Timmons.
The training provided information on proper Committee Finance Reporting Procedures, and stated that every Contribution to a Political Party Committee (like the CDC) must be tracked, and anonymous donations are not allowed. Training was provided on how to file and online locations to look up COMET filings for Campaigns & Political Party Committees, like the CDC.
That night, upon reviewing the CDC's Public Disclosure Filings, I was concerned that the CDC was incorrectly tracking and reporting Contributions to the CDC, specifically relating to the T-Shirts, CDC Breakfasts and possibly others.
Saturday, March 23rd, 2019, I brought these issues to the attention of the Elected Officers via email, hoping to resolve the discrepancies, and offered my assistance in finding solutions to what I believed, at the time, to be honest mistakes.
Sunday, March 24th, 2019, after being repeatedly ordered around and accused of “dissension” by the Election Chair, I informed her that I was unwilling to do anything illegal with Votebuilder on her orders and that it was inappropriate for her to maintain a Personal Email List, to which she had added my email, along with those of CDC Members and Poll Workers, all without consent.
The troubling responses by the Elected Officers and Committee Chairs to the aforementioned concerns, has prompted me to write this report for the General Committee.
The full report can be found here (or below):
All Elected CDC Officers present at the May 9, 2019 CDC Meeting were provided a courtesy copy of this document.
All CDC Members, regardless standing, on May 14, 2019, received a copy of this document.
Robert M. Stuart III
Chief Information Officer
Chesapeake Democratic Committee