One of Audrey Scott’s most often repeated selling points for her National Committeewoman candidacy is her alleged fundraising prowess.
For example, last Thursday, during a debate inMontgomeryCountywith her opponent Nicolee Ambrose, Scott claimed that longtime party staffer Marcia Jicka, “had not been paid in three months” prior to Scott’s becoming chairman, and that her ascension made it possible for Jicka to be paid once again.
But according to reports filed with the FEC in December 2009 – after Scott became chairman – Jicka received at least two payments during the period of time in question. The records show that Jicka received $1683.04 on both October 8 and October 15, 2009, before Scott’s chairmanship.
For the record, this information was provided to me via screenshot by one of the spectators at theMontgomeryCountydebate. This witness to Scott’s remark commented: “So, either Audrey is a liar, or Audrey filed a false campaign finance report. Take your pick.”
During her National Committeewoman campaign, Scott has been perpetuating the image that a fundraising miracle occurred during her brief tenure as chair. I plan to look into Scott’s fundraising record as chairman in order to divorce myth from reality.
Of special interest to me is the money MD GOP received from the RNC to launch the so-called “Victory Centers” benefiting Bob Ehrlich and Andy Harris’ campaigns. Funding for these controversial Victory Centers was at the heart of the Rule 11 controversy.
In a recent email to activists, she pegged the amount at $1 million. But, shortly after the 2010 election, a member of the MD GOP staff told me that the RNC did not deliver the full amount originally promised, and that the amount actually received was closer to $250,000.
Anyway, I’m going to do some digging, and will hopefully pinpoint the actual number. Stay tuned.