Until the anti-discrimination statement is officially altered, the Republicans and Libertarians are refusing to include the full statement in their respective organizational constitutions. They are also refusing to otherwise comply with the unconstitutional policy. And, best of all, they have warned the UNCG administration that they are prepared to pursue legal action to remedy the situation.
College Libertarian President Allison Jaynes, and College Republican President Melissa Westmoreland have sent the joint complaint to the following parties: Patricia Sullivan (President of UNCG), Lucien Capone (University Counsel for UNCG), and Erskine Bowles (President of the University of North Carolina System).
The College Republicans are also playing hardball with the administration by seeking contact information for all UNCG donors over the last three years – the span of time since their First Amendment problems began at UNCG. In addition to seeking records concerning all donations over the past three years, they have asked for the tiered donor lists maintained by University Advancement - the "Gift Clubs," "Chancellor's Society," etc. – so they can more readily distinguish big and small donors.
George, it should come as no surprise that the day after the College Republicans sent their letter to the Chancellor complaining about the anti-discrimination policy, they were hit with a $238 charge for producing a few dozen pages of donor information. I once had a request for 1100 pages of information completed for only $54. So, naturally, I am suspicious. But, naturally, I also have a solution.
Because I have already mailed the letter you are reading to over 100,000 people – a letter that includes the CR mailing address (UNCG College Republicans,
Elliot University Center, Box N3, Greensboro, NC 27402-6170) – they should have no problem getting the $238 from my readers. In other words, we will get those donor lists.
The only question that remains is whether we will have to file suit. I have already found two pro bono attorneys to represent the Republicans and Libertarians. We will change this policy the easy way or, if we have to, the hard way. Either way, thanks for helping us stir the pot, George. I’ll be in touch.
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