DNC withholds funds from Alabama Democratic Party al.com The Democratic National Committee is withholding money from the Alabama Democratic Party because the state party fails to function and meet basic obligations, DNC Chairman Tom Perez said in a letter obtained and published today by Perez wrote the letter to Richard Mauk of the Jefferson County Democratic Party in response to Mauks questions about the status of the state party. The letter, dated today, outlines whats happened since the State Democratic Executive Committee and Randy Kelley as vice chair at a meeting in Montgomery in August 2018. Some state party members challenged the election. In February, the DNC ordered the party to adopt new bylaws and to follow that with new elections. But two deadlines came and went without that happening. The state party eventually submitted proposed bylaws to the DNC but those were rejected. With the issues still unresolved, the from Worley and Kelley in August. They are no longer members of the DNC. The extensive delays by the ADP Alabama Democratic Party in working to adopt compliant bylaws, to conduct appropriate outreach, and to hold a fair election are deeply concerning, Perez wrote. We are in the midst of a critically important election cycle. Time is of the essence. We have real opportunities to win critical races in Alabama. The party can and must play an important role in these efforts. It is impossible to do so without leadership in place. Perez wrote that the DNC sends dollar 10,000 a month to state parties as part of an effort to develop a 50 state strategy. He said the DNC began withholding its payments to the Alabama Democratic Party in September 2018. He said the DNC had not withheld payments from any other state party. Regrettably, Alabama has fallen far short of meeting its basic obligations to develop an effective strategic plan and build the necessary infrastructure for success, Perez wrote. The ADP has chronically underperformed in virtually every aspect of operation. Worley, who has been chair of the state party since 2013, has said the challenges to her election last year were filed only because some people wanted a different outcome. Worley and lawyers for the party disputed the DNCs argument that the state partys new proposed bylaws conflicted with the DNCs bylaws. Worley said the DNCs opposition to the state partys bylaws was an effort to take from black members of the State Democratic Executive Committee the authority to elect committee members. She said the Alabama party would never allow that. There will be a special circle in hell that is going to be as hot as it can be for people that defy the voting rights of people that have worked like some of the ones in Alabama I know have worked, Worley told the DNCs credentials committee before it voted to strip her credentials. Credentials committee members strongly disputed Worleys claim that they were undermining the voting power of black members of the state executive committee. Worley could not immediately be reached for comment tonight. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our and © 2019 AL.com. All rights reserved . The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of AL.com. apply to all content you upload or otherwise submit to this site.