Announcement Date: August 24, 2016
After being told by the Ethics and Elections Committee (E&E) that a candidate accepting an in-kind campaign contribution from an amateur radio vendor is “truely unethical”, K4AC, reported Greg Sarratt’s, W4OZK, acceptance of hosting of his campaign website by an amateur radio vendor to the E&E.
Below is the text of the ethics complaint made to E&E. The identity of the amateur radio vendor has been redacted as they are an innocent third party and naming them serves no purpose. Also note that while the complaint calls for the “immediate disqualification” of Sarratt, Doug knew that the E&E would never do that.
“I hereby relate the following information and call for the immediate disqualification of Greg Sarratt, W4OZK, as a candidate for Southeastern Division Director.
E&E replied to my nameless inquiry concerning the soliciting and/or receipt of monetary and/or in kind contributions from an amateur radio vendor by a candidate for the Board by stating that it is “truly unethical”. This is a standard far beyond being of questionable ethics.
I have heard rumors that Sarratt has approached amateur radio vendors at a Convention and solicited campaign contributions from them. Those rumors if true disqualify Sarratt from being a candidate for Director. The following information shows that Sarratt has indeed accepted in kind campaign contributions from an amateur radio vendor.
I have discovered that Sarratt’s campaign website, www.w4ozk.com, is currently hosted by REDACTED. Further investigation revealed that this has been the case since at least 01/11/2012. It is probable that this was the case in the 2010 election cycle when I lost to Sarratt. The unequivocal evidence shows that as a sitting Director, Sarratt accepted an in kind campaign contribution by REDACTED during the election cycle of 2013 when I defeated him.
Sarratt served as a Director for six years, including a stint on the Ethics and Elections Committee as Chair—an assignment cut short due to his actions concerning an ongoing election the committee was overseeing. His actions in having his personal campaign website hosted by REDACTED are willful and intentional. There can be no excuse of he didn’t know any better; Sarratt is not a candidate for the Board that has no previous knowledge of the League’s ethics policies.
I must presume that Sarratt did not disclose his ongoing relationship with REDACTED on 4C of his nomination questionnaire as the E&E would surely have found him to be disqualified for having committed a “truly unethical” act by accepting an in kind donation from an amateur radio vendor.
Below are the publicly available sources of information that unequivocally prove my charges:
While a false or misleading statement by a candidate can be cured by a retraction and notification, there is no way to cure a “truly unethical” breach of ethics. The only appropriate remedy to Sarratt’s “truly unethical” violation of accepting an in kind campaign contribution from an amateur radio vendor is his immediate disqualification. The only appropriate remedy to Sarratt’s failure to disclose the relationship with an amateur radio vendor on his questionnaire is his immediate disqualification.
I am preparing a web page to be placed on my campaign website that details the foregoing information, including the unequivocal proof of the “truly unethical” violation. I am holding off publishing it in the event that doing so is unnecessary.“