Re: Question to all candidates: Ongoing/future legal projects
On Thu, Mar 24, 2022 at 1:17 PM Richard Laager <email@example.com> 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  but
I am not sure how to read it. I also looked for consolidated virtual
accounts on the Debian Treasurer's website  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 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." 
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  and again in 2021. 
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!