Steve to news blues
9-17 03 Steve to news blues
I'm so glad you're able to capitalize on this fairy tale Sugg has sold you...but apparently he didn't bother to alert you to the fact he--and now you--are all wet about this alleged failure to register my "charity" with the state of Florida.
In the interest of getting you a few more subscribers to your gossip sheet, here's some more grist for the mill:
Today, Sugg wrote me to say:
<<On the registration (issue), the state got back and said they had erred, that there is an exemption if the fundraising is solely for a individual or family. However, since you have formed a fundraising entity, and the name of the entity does not specify that the money is solely for you, you could still be required to register.>>
This means, Surly Editor (and as long as we're getting close enough for you to check on my lifestyle and how I can afford it, may I call you S-E for short?) your published report today that...
<<When we called Tallahassee on Tuesday, we were not at all surprised to learn that Wilson and Akre had never bothered to register or report their collections.>> ...is a few cards short of the full deck. Were you not surprised because they told you, as they have told us and finally confirmed now to Sugg, that we were never required to register?
And when you wrote...
<<State officials now say the two must produce audited records of their fundraising or face a $10,000 fine and possible criminal charges.>>
...did you make this up out of whole cloth, since the state official in charge of overseeing charitable solicitations in Florida also confirms that entities such as ours not required to register are also not required to produce audited records? For what it's worth, I'd say you ought to stick to generating gossip and leave the investigative reporting to real journalists.
And finally, here's a little scoop with which you can beat Sugg to press: we're going to short-circuit any future unsubstantiated claims like you two have been spreading by registering with the state anyway. As I said in a statement to Sugg earlier today: "As a result of your inquiry, we have determined that although the state website still advises registration is not necessary for individuals who invite donations for a particular family in need, we will not only meet all special guidelines required of such invitations for public support, we will go a step farther and register our Citizens Fund For The Right To Know.
"We have nothing to hide and never intended to violate even the spirit of state oversight. In fact, we welcome the opportunity to block further wild speculation by immediately complying with the obligations outlined to us today by the state official in charge of administering the state’s Solicitation of Contributions Act."
Now come on, S-E, don't you feel just a little used for your part in this baseless crusade Sugg recruited you for...or are the new subscriptions flooding in at a rate to cause you not to care about how you've acted here?
As my eldest daughter is so fond of saying: Whatever!