A True Story of Corruption in ASM

In the last few weeks, unsubstantiated claims have been made that AFTER used ASM resources to influence an election. Since no operations grant money has been spent, that claim is clearly patently false. Since those in the Max Love camp have gotten their jollies along with their 15 minutes in the spotlight, I will take the time now to show specific evidence of ACTUAL illegal use of ASM resources for campaigns.

This e-mail thread dates back from the Spring 2010 elections and is between MPOWER candidates:

<From Tina Treviño-Murphy
> Date Sun, 11 Apr 2010 23:56:24 -0500
> To Beth Huang
> Cc ahilliard@wisc.edu, LIZOTTE@wisc.edu, JLE2@wisc.edu,
> DSMITH8@wisc.edu, JEANETTE.MARTIN@gmail.com, JASAVOY@wisc.edu,
> PLLORENZ@wisc.edu, DRZINN1@yahoo.com, dakotacamacho@gmail.com,
> jaindresano@gmail.com, molly.bryers@gmail.com, burow@wisc.edu,
> ivins@wisc.edu, pclancy@wisc.edu, ccplamann@wisc.edu,
> mordecai253@gmail.com, maxwelllove@gmail.com, evan.hurley@gmail.com, lubenow@wisc.edu, cfergus@wisc.edu
> Subject MPOWER Update (Flyering tomorrow at 7am!)
> Hello MPOWER family,
>
> Just a reminder of this week’s schedule of events:
>
> *CLASS RAPS**, CORNER MOBS ALL DAY!*
> *
> *
> *Monday, April 12*
> *-postering/chalking, 7AM, CWC*
> *-tabling at Holt and Gordon, 11-1*
> *-tabling at Holt and Gordon, 4-7*
> *-phone banking, 7-9 (place TBA)*
> *-MPOWER check-in (semi-optional meeting) 9pm, CWC*
> *
> *
> *Tuesday, April 13*
> *-postering, 7AM*
> *-tabling at Holt and Gordon, 11-1*
> *-tabling at Holt and Gordon, 4-7*
> *-MLK Court Building, 6:00, for WISPIRG Fair Trade Legislation*
> *-phone banking, 7-9 (place TBA)*
> *-MPOWER check-in (semi-optional meeting) 9pm, CWC*
> *
> *
> *Wednesday, April 14*
> *-postering, 7AM*
> *-text blitz until 5PM*
> *-tabling at Holt and Gordon, 11-1*
> *-tabling at Holt and Gordon, 4-7*
> *-PARTY! MPOWER only?*
> *
> *
> *Thursday*
> *-post-election meeting (leadership roles)*
> *
> *
> *Friday*
> *-PARTY! all campus fundraiser*
>
>
> Make sure you’re planning on attending everything you possibly can,
> and that
> you are talking to everyone you run into! I’ll be at the CWC at 7am tomorrow
> morning. Hope to see all of you there!
>
> Tina

Campus Characters Tina Trevino-Murphy, Max Love, and other MPOWER members used the CWC office as a meeting place to discuss elections. Nothing wrong with that you say? Only if $5400 in seg fees werent used to pay for their office rental, and another $5776 in seg fees to pay for supplies, some of which were used to print MPOWER fliers, chalk up campus, etc. Oh, and don’t forget about the $4000 worth of seg-fee funded computer equipment used to create e-mail lists, contact students for voting for MPOWER candidates, and coordinate other campaign activities.

There are two main differences between the MPOWER and AFTER “election violations.” The first is that AFTER members remained part of ASM and have been involved this entire year in actually HELPING students, whereas out of the 9 MPOWER candidates elected, 3 resigned in the first semester, and 4 were kicked off of Council for missing too many meetings. The second and most important difference between the violations was that the MPOWER violations ACTUALLY OCCURRED.

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