RNE rules Thursday GM Election Nullified
You’ve got to see this for yourself. RNE has nullified the latest GM election due to a number of violations allegedly committed by candidate Ben Hunt. You can view the decision here. Here’s why:
1. Ben Hunt’s Candidate Expense Sheets did not accurately reflect his expenditures. Section IV of theGM Week 2010 Elections Handbook states that “During the process of campaigning, a record of allexpenditures (including items received for free) must be kept along with receipts for all items.” Onthe expense sheet submitted on April 10th 2010, Ben Hunt expensed 15 plots at $5.25 per plot for atotal cost $78.75. The DotCIO printer report shows 30 plots printed between the beginning ofelections and April 9th for a total cost of $210.00.
2. Ben Hunt was found to have spent more money on his campaign that he was allotted. Section IV ofthe GM Week 2010 Handbook states that “No candidate may exceed the following limits: For theoffices of Grand Marshal and President of the Union: $300 is the maximum.” Grand MarshalCandidates were granted an extra 25% toward their spending limits per Decision 10. Ben Hunt wassanctioned 5% of his expenditure limit per Violation 13, 10% of his expenditure limit per Violation17, and 5% of his expenditure limit per Violation 20. His total expenditure limit as of April 22nd was$304.59. An audit of Ben Hunt’s finances performed by the Rules and Elections Committeediscovered expenditures in excess of $426.98. It is know that Ben Hunt has incurred additionalexpenses from plotting beyond this, but due to limits of the DotCIO printing system, thisinformation was unable to be obtained in a timely fashion.
3. Several students campaigning with Ben Hunt were found to have not completed a CandidateAssistant Form. Section V of the GM Week 2010 Elections Hanbook states that “Candidates mayonly be assisted in campaign activities by Activity Fee-paying RPI students. These students mustcomplete a Candidate Assistance Form that is signed by both the candidate and the assistant.” OnApril 22nd, these students were observed either helping prepare and give out food, solicitingpeople for Ben Hunt votes, or yelling out “Vote Ben Hunt for GM”. This violation was reported toBen Hunt around 1pm and eight candidate assistant forms were submitted later in the afternoon.
4. Ben Hunt was seen campaigning with a grill owned by the Rensselaer Union and consumingpropane purchased by the Rensselaer Union. Section IV of the GM Week Elections Handbook statesthat “No candidate or party may be supported by Union funds or supplies.” Ben Hunt laterreplenished the propane using his own finances. The use of the grill was later permitted by RNE andits usage was expensed by Ben Hunt.5. Several Ben Hunt plots were found in the Rensselaer Union on the day of elections. Section XI ofthe GM Week Elections Handbook states that “No campaigning or campaign material is allowed inor on polling site buildings after 10 pm on the days before voting and voting itself.” The plots werefound at approximately 4pm and were found in the East Lobby of the Rensselaer Union.
The final election will be held May 4, and candidates have been allowed an extra $150 to spend until then. That is… unless there’s another Judicial Board case.