January 13, 1997

Dan Foley On h.e.r.m.p And Friends Of h.e.r.m.p

Dan Foley would like all email correspondents to know the following direct quotation from him:

"There are only two organizations in Hawaii, h.e.r.m.p and Friends of h.e.r.m.p, that work with me and pay any part of my legal fees and costs.  I work closely with both h.e.r.m.p and Friends of h.e.r.m.p, and I urge all correspondents to make donations directly to them at PO Box 11690, Honolulu, HI 96828.  h.e.r.m.p donations are fully tax deductible, and Friends of h.e.r.m.p donations are not because the latter are dedicated to political activity."

                        Sincerely yours,

                        Tom Ramsey
                        President, Friends of h.e.r.m.p
                        Ex-Officio, h.e.r.m.p Steering Comm.

P.S.  Bill Woods (HawaiiGay1) has now shifted his attacks from h.e.r.m.p to Friends of h.e.r.m.p.
For the record:

The Tax ID for Friends of h.e.r.m.p:  99-0326350
Filing Status:  501(c)(4)  (non-profit, but not tax-deductible due to its political work) IRS Determination Letter Dated August 22, 1996
Attorney:  Dan Foley (Friends of h.e.r.m.p involved Dan Foley intimately in the negotiations that created the 900 number)
Friends of h.e.r.m.p's books are supervised by the same CPA that volunteers for h.e.r.m.p
Mailing address:  PO Box 11690, Honolulu, HI 96828
To request Friends of h.e.r.m.p's Form 990 (which is one page), please write to the above address.  As of 12/31/1996, Friends of h.e.r.m.p raised $21,070.31 and spent $19,652.72.  The spending highlights are
Focus group studies and polls of the general public in Hawaii (to advise Foley's and others' public relations) 6866.36
Printing and distributing 100,000 flyers on marriage at mainland June Pride celebrations 6699.52
Dan Foley, legal counsel 3500.00
Fundraising 2378.71

Bill Woods (HawaiiGay1) brought the original court case together.  However, Mr. Woods was indicted for embezzling funds for AIDS services and the three plaintiff couples had to separate themselves from Bill and set up h.e.r.m.p under the auspices of the Gay and Lesbian Community Center.  To this day, Bill Woods involvement with any organization in Honolulu is the kiss of death.  I won't psychologize about why he strikes out at the rest of us for trying to win the most difficult civil rights case in the United States, and his frequent lying about all of us is extremely painful to deal with.  In the case of Friends of h.e.r.m.p, he has NEVER requested to see our form 990 (he just asserted on the internet that is was not available).  He also asserted that Friends of h.e.r.m.p paid no legal fees to Dan Foley (in fact, they paid him $3500).  This is vintage Bill Woods.  For a relatively sympathetic article on Bill Woods, which still reveals some of the warts, please read Michelango Signorile's article in OUT from about two years ago.

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