In September Rocco Landesman, the NEA's chairman, made a statement claiming, “The former NEA Director of Communications [Sergant] acted unilaterally and without the approval or authorization of then-Acting Chairman Patrice Walker Powell.” However, as Courrielche's latest report reveals, this claim may not be entirely true:
Full report @ BigHollywood -- including how Rock the Vote fits into the picture and a slew of other federal officials who all seem to have played various roles. As Courrielche says,...[N]ew documents obtained by Judicial Watch under the Freedom of Information Act show that another federal employee thought the arts effort was entering murky legal waters.
In an email dated July 30, 2009, Nellie Abernathy, a representative of the federal program United We Serve, sent an email to Sergant to inquire of his interest in attending a meeting regarding 9/11 events – the culmination day of the United We Serve campaign. In the email Abernathy states (emphasis added):Sergant responded, “I’d love to.”
“Just got off the phone with [redacted]. They’re interested in helping produce some 9/11 events and will be in DC next week. Any chance you could join us for a meeting Tuesday morning? Or does this fall into that sketchy grey we might get arrested area?”
Chairman Landesman’s claim that Sergant acted “unilaterally” is becoming harder to swallow.