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Proposal ID177
ProposalGPUS Fundraising Committee Rules, Policies and Procedures
PresenterGPUS Fundraising Committee
Floor ManagerJody Grage
Discussion09/12/2005 - 10/02/2005
Voting10/03/2005 - 10/09/2005
Presens Quorum32 0.6666
Consens Quorum43 A Majority of Yes and No Votes




For the GPUS National Committee to approve the GPUS Fundraising
Committee's Rules, Policis and Procedures:

1. Committee Mission

1.1 In accordance with the Rules and Procedures of The Green Party of The
United States updated January 1, 2005 in the fiscal policy covering our
fundraising policy it is stated that the fundraising committee is primarily
responsible for the raising of funds for the operation of The Green Party of
The United States. The Green Party will be making ongoing personal
solicitations to donors in all states throughout the year. Caucuses, other
committees and networks may engage in the raising of funds solely for their own
operations as long as they provide timely notice of their efforts to the Green
Party Fundraising Committee. They may also choose to coordinate and/or partner
their fundraising efforts with The Green Party of The United States. Each
accredited caucus, committee and network will create a yearly fundraising plan
and provide a copy of it to the Green Party Fundraising Committee. In either
case, whether the fundraising is done jointly or solely there shall be
coordination with the Green Party Treasurer or designee (i.e. the accountant,
and/or the operations, fundraising and political directors) for the completion
of the necessary record keeping, the filing of any required reports and the
banking of the monies being generated from the fundraising efforts. In addition
there shall be accounting of all monies expended in the fundraising efforts and
in the operations following the fundraising efforts.

2. Committee Structure

2.1 There shall be three categories of activity for the Green Party Fundraising
Committee as defined in The Green Party of The United States Bylaws Article III

2.2 Members who have not participated either by e-mail, teleconference and in
person for the prior two months shall be considered inactive. A quorum will
consist of a majority of active members only.

2.3 Members may be removed for cause by the National Committee upon a proposal
from the Steering Committee.

Members may be removed:

1.. After missing meetings for three or more months or missing more than half
the meetings in a given calendar year.
2.. After losing status as a Green Party member according to their state Green
Party rules
3.. Upon notification of removal by the state party where the member has
4.. Upon any malfeasance, corruption, or behavior which the National Committee
deems to be incompatible with fundraising committee membership

3. Decision Making Procedures

3.1 The committee will meet no less than once per month but may set more
frequent meetings. Meetings will be in-person or by teleconference. Regular
meeting times will be set at the prior meeting and special meetings must be
noticed to the committee members at least 3 days in advance. Meeting agenda
items are normally published in advance but they may be added at the beginning
of any meeting.

3.2 Proposals require no advance notice but advance notice is encouraged. The
committee will seek to operate by consensus. If there is no consensus a
proposal may be brought to a vote. A two-thirds vote of the committee members
present at the meeting is required to pass a proposal. When concerns are
expressed but not withdrawn this must be reported in the minutes. If the
proposal is being forwarded to the Steering Committee the concerns must be
included in the report to the Steering Committee.

3.3 An e-mail vote on a proposal may be authorized at a committee meeting and
will follow the same rules for quorum and passage as a proposal presented in a
meeting. Such proposals will have an explicit deadline set and will require a
two-thirds vote for passage.

4. Reporting Process

4.1 The Fundraising Director shall submit a monthly report to the National
Committee for their review. In conjunction with the normal fundraising
activities being reported the fundraising director shall report any minority
opinions on the committees business relating to the internal working of the
Green Party.

4.2 Minutes will be kept of each committee meeting and after the committee
approves the minutes they shall be posted electronically in order to be
reviewed by National Committee.

5.Committee Co-chair Elections

5.1 The election of the committee co-chairs shall take place on the first
fundraising committee meeting after The Green Party of The United States annual
meeting. Gender balance and co-chairs from different states shall be the norm
and any member of the fundraising committee is eligible to serve as co-chair.
Co-chairs shall serve a one-year term with a limit of three consecutive terms.

GPUS Fundraising Committee Rules, Policies and Procedures

6. Committee Membership

6.1 Application for Committee Membership

1) Applicants for committee membership shall verify or submit written
permission from their party to serve, or otherwise verify that such
permission has been received by the committee's cochair(s).

2) Applicants shall provide the committee with a short statement
expressing their interest and experience or training in areas described
in the committees mission and purpose section(s).

3) Upon receipt of an application and permission the cochairs shall post
the prospective committee member's introductory letter to the
committee's listserv.

4) If no committee member raises an objection to the applicant's
membership within four days of posting, the applicant automatically
becomes a member of the committee.

5) If a member of the committee raises objections to an applicant's
membership, a three-day vote of the members shall be held with a
majority vote required for membership.

6) Members with objections must detail their concerns for the committee.

7) Any person whose application for membership is denied shall be able
to appeal the committees decision to the CC as detailed below.

8) Listserv privileges shall begin with membership.

9) State parties, through their cochairs, may change permission status
for any committee member from their state at any time, subject to GPUS

6.2 Committee Members Rights and Responsibilities

1) The Committee is expressly prohibited from using disagreements
regarding differing views on issues and/or business before the committee
as a cause for curtailment or elimination of membership privileges.

2) Committee members are required to behave in accordance with the Ten
Key Values of the Green Party and abide by netiquette guidelines as
posted at "The Core Rules of Netiquette," by Virginia Shea, which can be
viewed at: .

3)Other actions that will not be tolerated include:

1) misrepresentation of the committee's or a member's work,
2) financial improprieties,
3) violent personal attacks and/or threats, verbal or physical,
4) discrimination against federal or state (where applicable) protected
5) harassment
6) any other unethical or illegal activities related to committee
business or function.

4) Blatant and/or persistent violation of these guidelines can lead to
suspension of privileges or termination of membership via the processes
described below.

6.3 Before beginning any process leading to curtailment or elimination of
membership privileges, a committee shall take steps to maintain a
productive working environment by informal actions by committee members
followed by informal actions by committee co-chairs. These steps shall

1) communication with the member's state party requesting they intercede
with the committee member regarding the behavior(s) in question.

2) use of facilitation, counseling, mediation, and/or arbitration
services, as provided through the Dispute Resolution Committee or a
mutually agreed upon outside source if necessary, which shall be
encouraged and expected. No member shall be subject to official action
before being permitted to consent to mediation and/or arbitration.

6.4 If all efforts listed above fail a petition may be filed by any three
or more members of the committee from three different states (hereafter
known as "the petitioners") to require the committee co-chair(s) to
initiate and administrate formal action to curtail membership

6.5 Procedures for discussion and consensus /voting on the petition shall
be according to regular procedures as described in these P&Ps.

6.6 The specific written charge and proposed action, as determined by the
petitioners, shall accompany the petition.

6.7 The petitioners shall have full discretion for determining the
charges and proposed scope of action.

6.8 A 2/3 quorum and 2/3 vote, by state, of the committee, shall be
sufficient to confirm charges and the initiate action(s) detailed in the

6.9 The committee co-chair(s) shall initiate and execute approved
action(s) and notify the member immediately following the vote.

7. Appeal Process

7.1 Immediately following a member's confirmed notification of a
committee's vote to take action to curtail or eliminate membership
privileges, the committee's cochairs shall notify the CC voting listserv
and Secretary of the action in writing and the Secretary shall re-post
the petition on the CC listserv.

7.2 The committee member in question may, within seven (7) days of these
postings, appeal the committee's action by notifying the CC and the
Secretary of the appeal, in writing, with the secretary reposting the
notice, as above.

7.3 Any two or more delegates from different states, other than the
person making the appeal, may within seven days of the posting of the
appeal, accept the appeal.

7.4 If two or more delegates from different states accept the appeal the SC
shall then schedule a two week discussion and one week vote
including the following procedures

1) The petitioners shall designate a presenter

2) The SC shall appoint a floor manager

3) The committee's cochair(s), or their designate(s), shall present
support for the original petition for action

4) The vote shall have a two-week discussion period and a one-week
voting period

5) A majority vote shall be sufficient to overturn the committee's

7.5 If an appeal is not accepted by at least two CC delegates from different
within seven (7) days of the posting of the appeal on the CC listserv, it shall
signify that the CC acquiesces to the committee's action and the
decision of the committee shall be considered final.

7.6 If the CC votes to overturn a committee's action the committee shall
be required to immediately reinstate all privileges to the committee
member in question.


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