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Re: Question to all candidates: Ongoing/future legal projects

Hi Richard,

On Thu, Mar 24, 2022 at 1:17 PM Richard Laager <rlaager@debian.org> wrote:
> The disbursements that I've heard about seem to be relatively "small
> potatoes" things. Is there some huge wasteful spending occurring that
> I've missed?

I don't know. As an outside candidate, I received no confidential briefings.

SPI's website publishes data that is in monthly aggregate form [1] but
I am not sure how to read it. I also looked for consolidated virtual
accounts on the Debian Treasurer's website [2] but could not find any.

Do the amounts have to be large in order to matter to people?

For example, I requested $217 for a one-time SSD & RAM upgrade to help
operate lintian.d.o in November of 2021. My request was not granted. I
didn't even receive a response from Jonathan (other than a request for
more information, with which I complied) even though I followed up on
my request.

My idea for a Disbursements Committee was thus born by a simple desire
for greater accountability (or, at a minimum, a response). Plus, if
elected, I could never issue that $217 check to myself.

As for your question about "huge wasteful spending," yes, I do worry
about Debian's expenditures in light of Jonathan's comment that he is
happy to "give a lawyer a lot of money." [3]

I have worked with teams of lawyers. They get expensive fast.

Either way, the right person to address your question is Jonathan,
whom I copied as a courtesy. Jonathan ran on financial transparency
platforms in both the 2020 election [4] and again in 2021. [5]

For any of your follow-up comments not quoted above, I perceived your
opinions to be final. Please allow me to let your voice stand on its

Thank you for your constructive follow-up questions!

Kind regards,
Felix Lechner

[1] https://www.spi-inc.org/treasurer/
[2] https://wiki.debian.org/Teams/Treasurer
[3] https://lists.debian.org/debian-vote/2022/03/msg00137.html
[4] https://www.debian.org/vote/2020/platforms/jcc
[5] https://www.debian.org/vote/2021/platforms/jcc

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