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Minneapolis NAACP branch audit & hidden records, Part One
Subj:     NAACP branch audit & hidden records, Part One
Date:     4/5/2005 5:15:24 PM Central Daylight Time
From:     Socialist2001
To:     mpls@mnforum.org

Part One
*MINNEAPOLIS NAACP TO HAVE FULL AUDIT ONLY FOR 2003-2004
*Post to Mpls issue list by Booker Hodges, 2nd VP, Mpls NAACP

Part Two
*MOTION TO COMPLY WITH THE LAW RULED "OUT OF ORDER"
*THE $85,000 LOAN FOR INVESTMENT IN GROCERY STORES
*NAACP MEMBERS HAVE NO RIGHTS THEIR OFFICERS MUST RESPECT
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Part One
MINNEAPOLIS NAACP TO HAVE FULL AUDIT ONLY FOR 2003-2004

Today I called the cpa firm Larson Allen (Larson, Allen, Weishair & Co.) and tracked down the auditor assigned to do an audit for the Minneapolis NAACP branch and Parent Info Center. According to the auditor, a full audit was requested, but limited to the years 2003 and 2004. "We are early in the planning phase, the audit should begin in earnest after a meeting with the NAACP executive committee, which is likely to happen within a few weeks (before the end of April)."
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According to my notes from the March 25, 2005 EC meeting, the treasurer, Jesse Overton stated that an accounting firm, Larson Allen, had agreed to do an audit of the Minneapolis NAACP branch and PIC for $19,000, to start in April 2005. And because the branch's total revenues exceeded $350,000 in 2003 and 2004, including money from the state to run the PIC, a full audit should be on file with the attorney generals office [presumably for 2003 and 2004], according to the treasurer, Mr. Jesse Overton.  

At the branch membership meeting on March 26, 2005 Mr. Overton stated that the audit of the branch books should go back to the end of the period covered by the last audit. I asked Mr. Overton for what years did Larson Allen agree to audit the branch books for $19,000. Mr. Overton's response: "2003 and 2004."

I asked Mr. Overton if he was aware that the branch hasn't had a full audit since 1998. I noted that the audit for 2001 and 2002, which former Branch President Shalia Lindsey promised in a letter to the membership dated October 28, 2002, didn't happen. Instead we got a "cash review." I held up a bound, multipage document, the cover reads
"MPLS BRANCH OF THE NAACP
CASH REVIEW
JANUARY 25, 2003"

Mr. Overton inspected the cash review document, but did not give a direct response to the above-mentioned yes-no question. However, he stated that the branch simply didn't have the money necessary for an audit for any years prior to 2003.

I proposed that we get an audit covering the period going back to the 1998 audit, or at the very least back to January 2001. And since the secretary was under orders not to record statements for the record, I said "I am putting that forward as a motion."

Jesse Overton immediately took the floor and recommended that I, Doug Mann, (and not any branch officer speaking on behalf of the branch) write a letter to the national office asking the national NAACP to pay for an audit going back to the beginning of 2001 or earlier.

There was not a second to my motion for an audit going back to at least January 2001, and the president, Duane Reed did not instruct the secretary to put my motion for an audit in the record.   
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Date: Mon, 4 Apr 2005 23:52:07 -0500
From: "Booker Hodges" <bookerhodges@hotmail.com>
Subject: [Mpls] Mpls NAACP & Urban League
To: "Minneapolis Issues" <mpls@mnforum.org>

Well its no secret that past officers mismanaged branch funds, but we have placed new safe guards in place so hopefully that will never happen again. The branch treasurer must now be bonded whereas in the past that was not the case. We are in the middle of an independent audit right now and once it is complete the results will be made public. I can assure you that everyone involved now is honest. I just want to wait until the audit is complete before I start telling people what I know about what the past branch officers did for legal reasons. People not being involved with the organization is part of the reason in my opinion that they were able to almost get away with what they did. Let me just say this the branch currently has less than 1% of the money it had when the past president ascended to office. His term lasted less than 5 months before the national administrator was sent here. Again once the audit is complete the results will be made public. If anyone has any question please feel free to contact me

2nd Vice President, Chairman Community Coordination Committee
Booker T Hodges IV
Near North
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Mr. Hodges: You should certainly be telling the auditors about what you know concerning mismanagement of funds BEFORE the audit is complete. What did the past branch officers do (that you don't want to talk about before the audit is completed)? When did you find out? What did you do about it?

Link to Part Two

-Doug Mann, King Field
Bureaucratically remove member-at-large
Minneapolis NAACP Branch Executive Committee