Benedict Clears Things Up

RECEIVED Wed., June 14, 2006

Dear Editor,
    Since selling my business in March 2003, I've volunteered or worked on political campaigns full time except for a few months researching business opportunities plus a six week vacation in Playa del Carmen “studying Spanish.”
    The only pay I've received is $36,138 from the Libertarian Party of Texas for consulting services despite insinuations conjured from Texas Ethics Commission reports and partial contract descriptions. I've also spent $14,109 of nonreimbursed funds on my City Council campaigns and have contributed $4,137 to other candidates and political committees during that period.
    Not what my parents expected when I graduated from the University of Michigan with master's degrees in business and engineering. I've forgone about a quarter million in pay working on politics instead of re-entering the business world. However, that's nothing compared to soldiers who have given their lives for America.
    I'm proud to be working with Libertarians to restore the free-market system that made America the strongest country in the world. Working for a democratically elected committee of Libertarian Party volunteers ain't easy, but I love each one of them, sometimes quite toughly. However, I look forward to the day when someone more capable than me is willing to take on this role so I can move on without momentum sliding. And at 37 years young, I doubt I'll have trouble refilling my bank accounts when that becomes my goal again.
    On a less serious note, I want to thank you, Judge Bill Aleshire, for analyzing LPT reports. I'm confident any fines against our treasurers for errors will be less than had the LPT paid for your help. And thanks, Bill, for the witty humor [“Libertarian Ganders Goosed by Aleshire – 216 Times,” News, June 9]. Punish work is more tolerable when the lines are funny.
Wes Benedict
Executive director
Libertarian Party of Texas
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