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VFP Fire Lawyers Who Say $100K Is Missing

Reader Karlila points out that it appears the VFP has terminated the services of their lawyers, Buddy and Annie Spell.

Mother Sheehan communes with her legal counsel, Annie Spell.

The following was posted at the modern-day Bedlam, Democrats Underground. It has since been disappeared , which only further validates its authenticity:

Spells terminated / failed to provide relief

Spells no Longer involved in Disaster Relief / Fail to provide service

Dear Ms. Arata-Spell and Mr. Spell,

I am writing to request the following be delivered to Monica Hampton at The
Green Room, tomorrow, Monday September 16 at 1pm.

1. All records, receipts, and chart of accounts relating to Veterans for Peace,
chapter 116. These items include
+ The notebook of receipts supplied to Ms. Arata-Spell and Mr. Spell by Monica
Hampton on September 16;
+ requests-for-reimbursements filled out by vounteers and VFP;
+ receipts on inventory ordered and delivery confirmation;
+ reimbursed receipts.

2. Copies of every check written to pay for VFP expenditures, as well as an
inventory of what items were bought and delivered with those monies.

3. A reimbursement request for each separate receipt or outstanding purchase
order and delivery confirmation put in by Ms. Arata-Spell and Mr. Spell
including description of how monies spent were used for immediate relief.

4. Three pre-signed blank checks on the VFP Redwood Credit Union account, signed
by Patrick Tate., VFP chapter 116 president.

5. All donations received by Ms. Arata-Spell and Mr. Spell on behalf of VFP
chapter 116, including a $300 cash donation from Mid-Rivers Ethical Society.

6. A list of any and all vendor or other accounts opened on behalf of VFP
chapter 116 and any purchase orders on those accounts.

Upon receipt of the requested materials, to be supplied to Monica Hampton no
later than 1pm Monday, September, 19 2005, the VFP chapter will immediately
review the reimbursement request submitted by Ms. Arata-Spell and Mr. Spell,
and will supply a check or direct wire to The Spells for the agreed amount. We
request five business hours (defined as Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm) to review the
materials supplied to us before the money transfer can occur. As you know, Ms.
Spell, we are waiting for the money to be transferred into the Louisiana bank,
which may delay this timetable. To expedite the reimbursement of the monies,
please provide us with any computer records available.

Twenty four hours after the monies are received by Ms. Arata-Spell and Mr.
Spell (and after it is that the file can be opened), all computer files and
accounting records generated by the Spells are to be deleted.

Thank you both for your efforts during the time we worked together.


Patrick Tate
Veterans for Peace
Chapter 116


Michael McPhearson
Executive Director
Veterans for Peace, inc.”

This offering was also posted at DU, then quickly flushed down the memory hole:

Annie and Buddy Spell asked me to post this for them as they still do not have internet access.

Freddy Danforth, Gordon Sodoberg, Dennis Kyne, and it is assumed Pat Tate and Alex Ellison-Tomlinson have left Covington, LA spending only $1,000 of $370,000 donated to the Hurricane Relief effort. The Hurricane struck Covington, LA Aug 29th.

Unfortunately these Veterans For Peace have left behind 100 volunteers w/out any resources and at least 7 trucks of additional items being brought in from all over America.

Some of the volunteers are currently stranded w/out the ability to return to camp or homes because Freddy Danforth, Gordon Sodoberg, Dennis Kyne, Pat Tate and Alex Ellison-Tomlinson have failed to supply any sort of remibusement mechanism.

Annie Spell was given check writing authority on Friday Sept. 16th, however Freddy Danforth, Gordon Sodoberg, Dennis Kyne, Pat Tate and Alex Ellison-Tomlinson failed to transfer the entirety, $350,000 of the funds. But Pat Tate told Annie the funds needed to clear through an account in a Credit Union which would be 10 days from this past Saturday.

Accordingly the donation for immediate relief will not be available until 1 month after the storm hit.

Annie Spell was able to write a check for $1,000 to get water into Bogalusa.

Buddy has personally guaranteed and delivered $30,000 of immediately needed supplies including chainsaws, generators and other tools and has not been reimbursed.

All of this while the bus heads to Washington, DC to bask in the glow of all their great works.

And lastly but certainly not leastly, we have this post from the Political Switchboard , purportedly from the great woman, Annie Spell herself. (This post has not yet been airbrushed away by this merry band of Stalinists):

Buddy Spell, Mother Sheehan, and ( faux Vietnam combat veteran, but real crackpot) the VFP’s Katrina relief point man, Ward Reilly.

$100,000 might be missing. A post by Anita Spell.

“Here’s what is going on now…I hope I can stay on-line long enough to get this out and answer any questions:

Friday, Sept. 16th, the Michael Moore people and Veterans for Peace people approved the purchase of 25 generators, electric chords, and chain saws, gas and oil from local vendors in Franklinton, LA to be supplied to families in Arcola who are without power.

When we spoke with the vendors they said they would be more than willing to help out, however the purchase totalled about $28,000.00 and they had no idea who the Michael Moore and Veterans for Peace people were. We were assured by Pat Tate of VfP that over $100,000.00 was in the account in Mandeville, LA, so Buddy and I allowed the purchases to be placed on our account. These vendors generously offered to deliver (at no cost) the generators to Arcola.

Yesterday (Monday, Sept. 19th) I was told by the account manager in Mandeville, LA that I could not write checks from the Mandeville account. (I was put on the account Friday, Sept. 16th) because I had been taken off the account earlier that morning.

I called Michael McPhearson, Executive Director of Vfp yesterday. He told me that he doesn’t know the location of the $100,000.00 and the account in Mandeville, LA has been closed because the local person on the account (me) has been taken off the account.

He said that he hoped to get approval from the Board of Directors of VfP to come to Covington, LA late Wednesday evening and open a new account at another local bank, possibly on Thursday.

What all this means is that local vendors are out $28,000.00 and Buddy and I are on the hook for $28,000.00. So, Buddy is understandably distressed.

I got a letter hand delivered to my house yesterday at 9:00 AM from the Veterans for Peace and the Michael Moore people. They wanted me to give them a list of every single person (with an address) that had received any relief. I’m assuming they mean the houses that received the 25 generators. Pretty ridiculous. Of course we can supply that information, we know these people. Don’t know if they are also asking every other volunteer to do the same.

With their approval, we also paid for and delivered a truck load of water to residents in Bogalusa. It was delivered last Friday. Monica took our check and hand delivered it to the truck driver. I don’t know if she has been asked to provide a list of who received the water.

My computer is blinking.

I’m going to post this and see if it goes through.

If I can, I’ll get back on.”

Update! Ever vigilant reader Karlila found this intriguing post to one of the many ancillary sites of the aforementioned Political Switchboard :

UpbeatBlogs @ DefianceZone

11/09: VFP Road Trips


BS wrote:

Who stole the money?

20/09 01:35:41

Could this be from Cindy Sheehan’s mouthpiece and former Veterans For Peace erstwhile ally, Buddy Spell?

My, my.

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