During the 911 campaign paid for with county taxpayer dollars, Forefront Organizing sent monthly invoices for labor and travel. The labor costs were substantial, and were supposed to cover a full time organizer, a part -time organizer, and strategic consulting services amounting to another full person.
Did the Jefferson County Dispatch get what they paid for?
Here is an invoice for Forefront Organizing for March 2009. Notice that it includes 320 hours of campaign management and strategic consulting services, as well as 160 hours for part time staff. It's an interesting mix, because it suggests that 480 total hours were spent in March on the campaign.
There are a number of problems with this. One, there is never any indication of who exactly is working on the project. Mike Dalton is mostly absent, missing meetings, following up late, and generally unavailable. And then Cindy Feist, the main campaign worker for Forefront, resigns as of March 1st. And yet the invoice is still applied. If Feist only worked December-February, then who is billed out in March and who is billed in April?