Pictured above: Simcox tending to his dinky fence that "couldn't stop a tricycle".
The Washington Times/July 20, 2006
" A growing number of Minutemen Civil Defense Corps leaders & volunteers are questioning the whereabouts of hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of dollars of donations collected in the past 15 months, challenging the organization's leadership over financial accountability.
Many of the group's most active members say they have no idea how much money has been collected as part of it's efforts to stop illegal entry- primarily along the US/Mexico border, what it has been spent on or why it has been funneled through a Virginia-based chairity headed by conservative Alan Keyes.
Several of the group's top lieutenants haev either questioned, or are threatening to do so, saying requests to President Chris Simcox for a financial accounting have been ignored. Other Minutemen members said money promised for food, fuel, radios, computers, tents, night-vision scopes, binoculars, porta-potties, & other necessary equipement & supplies never reached volunteers who have manned observation posts to spot & report illegal border crossers.
Gary Cole, Minutemen's former national director of operations, was chief liason to the national press corps during the group's April 2005 border watch in Arizona. He was one of the first to raise questions about MCDC finances. He personally collected "tens of thousands of dollars" in donations during the 30 day border vigil. But despite numerous requests- many directed at Mr.Simcox- he has never told how much money has been collected or where it went.
Mr.Cole said, " We can't demand that the goverment be held accountable for failing to control the border if we can't hold ourselves accountable for the people's money. It's as simple as that."
Mr.Cole said he was removed by Mr.Simcox as a national director after the April 2005 border campaign " for asking too many questions about the money". ...
Mr.Simcox, in an interview last week with the Washington Times, estimated that about $ 1.6 million in donations have been collected, all of it handeled through the Herndon-based Declaration Alliance, founded & chaired by Mr.Keyes. He said the donations, solicited on the group's website & during cross-country appearances, include $ 1 million directly to MCDC & $ 600,000 for a fence on the US/Mexico border.
But Mr.Simcox's numbers could not be independently verified, including claims in a 3,961-word statement issued after the inteview that he spent $ 160,000 on "our last 2 month long border-watch operations."
The Minutemen organization has not made any financial statements or fundraising records public since it's April 2005 creation. It also has sought & recieved extensions of it's federal reporting requirements & has not given the Minutemen leadership, it's volunteers or donors any official accounting. A financial statement promised to The Times by Mr.Simcox for May was never delivered. ...
In a statement, Mr.Simcox said that a "fully accredited independent auditor" had begun an accounting of income & expenses & that a final audit would be delivered to the IRS by November 15th. He told The Times that the audit was costing MCDC $ 50,000, but declined to say who was getting the money or identify other fees paid by the Minutemen organization to other "professional" entities. ...
Mike Gaddy, who helped organize the Minutemen's April 2005 border watch, said Mr.Simcox rejected his offer last year to personally pay for an audit to answer growing concerns among the ranks about the group's finances. " He told me what he did was his business." ...
Mr.Gaddy said he did not know how much money the organization had collected, but said, "It would be a substancial sum."...
Several Minutemen volunteers said questions concerning the group's finances intensified during October when money promised by Mr.Simcox & others for food & supplies never reached the volunteer's on the line.
Some of the MCDC leaders gathered at the time to discuss replacing Mr.Simcox but reached no concensus. At the meeting, attended by The Times, they said money promised for field operations was never delivered & questioned the role of "outsiders" with the Minutemen organization. ...
Mr. Gaddy said, "An awful lot of the equipment I saw was donated." Some Minutemen volunteers also said food was sent by the organization to some border sites, but it was not free. Others have also sought accountablity of the income MCDC has recieved through the sale of it's web page of hats, t-shirts, etc.
Even Mr.Simcox's much bally-hooed fence project on the Arizona/Mexico border has come under fire, from both within & outside the MCDC organization. Critics say vast sums of money are being collected to build what has been described as an Israeli-style fence to keep out illegals, but all that has been constructed is 3 miles of a 5-strand barb-wired range fence on 2 inch metal poles. One former Minutemen volunteer said the fence "wouldn't hold a tricycle."
Looks as if the Minuteklan's biggest enemy is themselves! If they keep up this current corruption within, there will be no need for an opposition, because they will eventually ruin themselves.
I can't wait to hear where all this money went to! Probably straight up Simcox's nose!!