In April 2008 nearly all of the General Advisory Council of the Kentucky Equality Federation resigned. But according to a Wikipedia article that’s no doubt maintained by KEF’s leader Jordan Palmer (formerly known as Brian Day, prior to a name change), the council (nine of the 14 members) was “terminated” after the organization condemned the Kentucky Fairness Alliance. And we all know Wikipedia is a bastion of accuracy and honesty. So you know everything you read is 100% truthful.
Why’d these people abandon the organization? Let’s explore the issue a bit…
We have learned, through several months of research, that the Board of Directors/General Advisory Committee is usually composed of Palmer, his mother Nancy Couch Bowling, a guy named Paul and a friend of Palmer’s named Casey. Occasionally that board structure fluctuates when Palmer has a disagreement with anyone or when he feels (we believe) that his authority is threatened. Or when someone departs the organization on their own accord, obviously.
During 2007 Palmer was in charge of KEF’s finances. And by finances, we mean there is not a system of checks and balances and the organization shares/shared a bank account with Palmer’s records removal service. Without a segregation of funds and with no system of accounting, there is no way to prove where funds have been appropriated and there’s no way to determine if, how or when funds were received. After interviewing a half dozen former directors/council members of the organization, we are still unable to get clear answers.
One of the major financial issues we have uncovered (and previously reported): KEF won money from MySpace and it (according to MySpace and all other accounts) wasn’t intended for Palmer individually, as he has suggested in comments on this very website. According to the six people we have interviewed, KEF won the funds by popular vote of MySpace membership. Since there’s no separation of funds and accounting, it’s pretty clear how the MySpace award could easily disappear. Palmer and the KEF officially settled with the Office of the Attorney General and were legally required to disperse funds to several university organizations which had been promised the money. See our previous stories here and here.
According to one of our sources, suspicions of fraud were reported to major KEF contributors and donations stopped rolling into the organization. The board/council then planned a surprise for Palmer, telling him that they wouldn’t allow him to be the sole individual responsible for funding and financial management. Palmer refused to comply, as you’ll see below, and the organization at that point fell apart with nine individuals walking away. Within a few weeks the Office of the Attorney General launched a major investigation.
Read the rest of this exposé and peep salacious emails leaked to us by former board members after the jump…