With irony befitting the Classical Greek Theatre, BayWindows has reported that MassEquality's Campaign Director, Marc Solomon has instructed Board Chair David Wilson to seek outside counsel to determine whether an investigation into the recent leak to the Boston Globe of confidential information related to the organization's finances is warranted.
According to BayWindows David Wilson and Marc Solomon are currently in talks with three law firms and Wilson expressed hope that the legal work could be done on a pro-bono or at a non-profit rate. With a monthly burn rate of over $ 100,000, why does MassEquality not want to pay the lawyer that would be "investigating the leak?" Because Wilson says, "We (MassEquality) need to be fiscally responsible."
Marc Solomon refused to provide BayWindows with an itemization of MassEquality's monthly expenses though he walked Laura Kiritsy through a list of "projects" being undertaken which he believes justifies MassEquality's controversial $ 100,000 plus a month burn rate. Most importantly, is the deployment of Amy Mello, Scott Gortikov and David Kent (from what I was told by an MEQ insider "on a voluntary basis") to assist Marriage Equality Rhode Island's push for marriage equality. I am glad that BayWindows finally reported on this little secret which Know Thy Neighbor had been hearing about in the rumor mill for months. Gortikov also told BayWindows that he was able to provide funding for Rhode Island through Freedom to Marry National. So, am I reading this correctly that Rhode Island isn't part of the $ 100,000 a month burn rate?
Solomon told BayWindows that the other projects which should justify the half million dollar of spending since June include helping Rep. Angelo Puppolo remove an anti-Rep Angelo Puppolo billboard, the continued work on a "best practices manual," the "Jumping the Broom" initiative, "meetings in African-American churches," and planning "a big gala appreciation event" scheduled for Dec. 5th. Solomon went on to say, "I think we've spent our money wisely."
But what isn't wise is this attempt at intimidation by MassEquality by allegedly planting a story in BayWindows that Solomon and Wilson are seeking legal assistance in punishing those who "leaked" information regarding the $ 100,000 a month burn rate of LGBT money. I have a tough time understanding the difference between a "leak" and a "plant." Often "plants" are calculated and manipulative, while "leaks" are a cry for help for positive change. What ever way this information reached the LGBT community regarding a monthly burn rate of $ 100,000 of our money, I do think that we are due honest answers without the fear of reprisal.
But it seems that for now Marc Solomon will be putting his finger in that dyke, silencing all those who may or may not have "leaked" information as to where over 1/2 a million dollars of LGBT money went since June 14th. How dare any of you question Mr. Solomon.
Tom Lang, Director