Rob Anderson Chooses Buckshot Caucus & Parliamentarian with Ethics Violations To Run State Convention

Carrie Dickson has served as the official parliamentarian for Chairman Rob Anderson. She’s been quoted as telling a prominent Republican leader “Tell me what you want to get done, and I’ll use Robert’s Rules to do it.” She uses her knowledge the rules to create chaos instead of order.

The Ethics Committee of the National Association of Parliamentarians has reprimanded Carrie Dickson 5 times in just the past year for rules violations. She was accused of 39 other violations but some how wiggled out of them by claiming she properly advised Rob Anderson, and he failed to follow her counsel. Either way, Chairman Anderson and Carrie Dickson together have a complete disregard for the rules established to run meetings. This is frightening, given she has been selected as the Parliamentarian to oversee the 2018 State Convention on April 21st.

Ethics Violations of Parliamentarian Carrie Dickson

The following are the findings of the Ethics Committee of the National Association of Parliamentarians regarding Carrie Dickson:

  • Did not act properly, and was reprimanded for allowing violations of the Utah Republican Party Bylaws.
  • Actions were found to violate party Bylaws.
  • Reprimanded by the NAP for misleading State Central Committee members.
  • Reprimanded for violating of the basic tenants of parliamentary procedure on multiple occasions.
  • Violated rights of SCC members by unexpectedly reconvening an SCC during the middle of a recess contrary to the timing determined by the ruling of the SCC. It just so happens that a motion from Daryl Acumen to drop the SB54 lawsuit was made immediately after reconvening early, excluding several SCC members from exercising their right to vote.
Rules Violations of Chairman Rob Anderson, Where He Refused The Direction Provided by the Parliamentarian

In many of the following cases, Carrie Dickson claims to have properly advised Chairman Anderson, and he went rogue and ignored her counsel, by doing the following:

  • Ignored motions on the floor, which he cannot do, as he’s required to be impartial.
  • Made his own motions, which he cannot do.
  • Insisted on an agenda containing a sequence of events that violated Party Bylaws
  • Allowed candidates who missed filing deadlines to participate in elections
  • Promoted the use of voting methodologies not allowed by governing documents
  • Demanded the State Central Committee take certain actions during meetings without any motion being made
  • Attempted to circumvent GOP bylaws to approve auxiliaries so Daryl Acumen and his wife Kathleen Anderson could receive seats on the SCC.
  • Rejected a women’s auxiliary from being recognized by the Party because it was competing with his wife’s auxiliary.
  • Misinterpreted the Constitution & Bylaws to deny the rights of SCC members to hold roll-call votes to ensure the Chair wasn’t improperly declaring voting results of the body.
  • Ignores “Appeals to the Rulings of the Chair”, and even attempted to have an SCC member forcibly and wrongfully removed from a meeting and sent to jail for making a valid motion.
  • Violated a motion from the floor to take an official recess until votes for SCC officers were tallied. During the recess an attempt was made to quickly recommence the meeting, wherein Daryl Acumen (formerly Daryl Bradshaw) brought a motion with members of the body still out of the meeting to drop the SB54 lawsuit, and then quickly adjourn the meeting.
Chairman Anderson uses Carrie Dickson & Robert’s Rules To Defend Gross Misconduct When He Unilaterally Edits Party Bylaws

Following the February 24, 2018 State Central Committee Meeting where the membership forfeiture bylaw was passed by a super majority of the members present, the Chair of the C&B Committee and Secretary Lisa Shepherd signed, certified, and published the new bylaws to the party website. The certified Bylaws were sent to the Lieutenant Governor’s office. Subsequently, Chairman Anderson downloaded the Bylaws, removed the certified signatures from the document, and proceeded to manually alter and modify the document. He removed the membership-forfeiture bylaw from the document, as well making other small formatting changes. Click here and scroll to page 11 to see the changes Rob Anderson unilaterally made to the certified bylaws published to the Party website, with zero authorization from delegates or the State Central Committee.

Anderson then sent the fraudulent and counterfeit version of the Bylaws to the Lieutenant Governor Cox’s Office (also a Buckshot Caucus member), who incredulously accepted them, and ignored the certified Party bylaws he had received earlier. Anderson did all this after his witch hunt into Secretary Shepherd wherein he publicly chastised her for making simple formatting changes to governing documents.”

It’s probably no surprise to you at this point that Carrie Dickson rushed to Rob Anderson’s aid to help him justify this gross overreach. Chairman Anderson sent an email to Utah Republicans on March 13, 2018, claiming the following:

Due to the seriousness of this matter, a thorough legal and parliamentarian review was conducted, as well as multiple consultations with the Utah State Legislature and the Utah Elections Office.

Robert’s Rules of Order (newly revised) clearly states:

RONR Article VIII Vote. 47. Votes that are Null and Void even if Unanimous: “No motion is in order that conflicts with the laws of the nation, or state, or with the assembly’s constitution or by-laws, and if such a motion is adopted, even by a unanimous vote, it is null and void. No rule that conflicts with a rule of a higher order is of any authority.”

Rob Anderson and Carrie Dickson conveniently forgot to mention in their email to Utah Republicans that Roberts Rules of Order only apply when not in conflict with the Constitution and Bylaws, and the governing documents clearly a spell out a process for making bylaw changes. This is not a gray area. Dickson again was being told what to get done, and she attempted to use corrupt Parliamentary procedure to do it.

Besides foolishly asserting a legal conclusion, this statement of illegality appears clearly false, because the referenced law specifies that a party MAY choose their general election candidates as they wish. Moreover, even if it was contrary to the law, it would not be legally binding if it is unconstitutional, which has been the Party’s assertion all along. Even a District Court Judge Nuffer asserted the Party still had a right to remove members after SB54 became law.

Carrie Dickson should no longer serve as the Party’s Parliamentarian, especially during the State Convention.

Chairman Anderson Tries To Put Buckshot Caucus In Charge of the 2018 Convention

Members of the GOP Executive Committee reported that Rob Anderson proposed Buckshot Caucus Member Todd Weiler to run the Rules Committee, and Buckshot Caucus Member Curt Bramble to run the credentialing process for the 2018 Convention. Anderson threatened to cancel convention if the committee didn’t approve both Weiler and Bramble. The Executive Committee compromised and allowed Bramble onto the Credentialing Committee, but they gave Weiler the boot but replaced him with another Buckshot Caucus Member, Clair Ellis, to lead the Rules Committee.

Clearly Anderson has no respect for the Rules and Processes designed to maintain order. A State Convention resolution was submitted by Jacob Hibbard all State Delegates should consider supporting so we can maintain Party order going forward. View Resolution

Click Here To View 18-Page Report On Carrie Dickson Rules Violations

GOP Chair Pulling A Fast One To Dissolve the SCC at Convention? Show Him Who’s Daddy!

We were all in disbelief when Utah GOP Chairman & Buckshot Caucus Member Rob Anderson revealed his intention to bankrupt the Party. Many suspect it was to create a new Party under the name “Republican Party of Utah” registered by CEO Taylor Morgan of Count My Vote. Despite Rob Anderson “fighting [him] at every step”, Dave Bateman stepped forward and eliminated over $400,000 of Party debt to keep the Party solvent and out of bankruptcy. This angered the Buckshot Caucus members who were squarely advocating for the death of the Caucus-Convention System.

Within 10 days of Bateman’s agreement to pay off the Party’s debt, Rob Anderson’s close friend, Senator Todd Weiler attempted to contact Bateman’s Ex-Girlfriend promising her $1,000,000 if she would bring sexual harassment claims against him. She was appalled and refused to even talk to him. Listen to the voice mail he left in an attempt to seduce this woman into participating in the scheme. The police briefly opened an investigation, and quickly closed it, stating their was no extortion even though there is a mountain of evidence to the contrary. Senator Weiler must have a lot of “very well connected friends”.

Plan B… Dissolve the State Central Committee With New Governing Documents At Convention

Now that Anderson’s intentions of bankrupting the Party “looks unacceptable” because Bateman paid off the debt, Anderson might be moving to Plan B—to sneak a new Constitution and Bylaws in front of the State Delegates at the nominating Convention on April 21st. If he tries it, delegates need to be informed and ready to vote “No”.

Anderson Says He Might “Introduce an Entirely New Constitution and Bylaws” at Convention

In his message to the left, Anderson first expresses his plan to shut down discussion and productivity in State Central Committee Meetings, which he has done. On December 16, 2017, Anderson made robocalls, emails, messages, and Facebook posts to tell members of the State Central Committee and told a special State-Central Committee meeting was cancelled when it was not, and was properly held, recognized, and ratified.

On February 24, 2018, when the road conditions were more than acceptable, Anderson encouraged members of the State Central Committee to stay home and not attend. He promised to excuse absences of those who did not attend, and in so doing, violated Party bylaws which grant him no such authority. Anderson also scheduled facilities for State Central Committee meetings at venues with hard-stop time constraints preventing important party business from being conducted. A bylaw proposal has even been submitted making it nearly impossible to ever again call a special meeting without the Chairman’s support.

Second, Chairman Anderson wrote “We might try to introduce a entirely new [Constitution & Bylaws] for vote at the nominating convention.” Wow, scary, but there’s more.

Chairman Anderson Is Denying Access of Bylaw and Constitution Amendment Proposals To Delegates & the Constitution & Bylaws Committee

The deadline to submit new Constitution and Bylaw amendment proposals was last Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 5pm. It was reported publicly that access to amendment proposals was revoked from the Chair of the C&B Committee, Janice Legler, just hours before the deadline preventing her from seeing any final submissions. As of this morning, despite repeated requests, all members of the C&B Committee are still being denied access to the Amendment submissions with the Convention just weeks away. Even if there is no nefarious plan to swap the C&B, the C&B Committee and delegates need time to adequately vet amendment submissions. Whichever way you cut it, withholding the proposals is harming the Party.

A State Central Committee member reported that Rob Anderson wanted to sneak through a wholesale change of the Constitution and Bylaws while serving as Chair of the Davis County Party a couple of years ago, increasing the likelihood that he might be planning this tactic.

Anderson Conducts a Witch Hunt Over “Immaterial” Formatting Changes of Bylaws

Ready for things to get wacky? On January 4, 2018 Rob Anderson sent an email to State Central Committee Members announcing a witch hunt into Party Secretary Lisa Shepherd, claiming she’d made unauthorized changes to Party bylaws. Here’s the investigation summary. Of course the C&B Committee was never asked to participate in this secret investigation carried out by Anderson. Anderson even engaged an outside legal firm (Snell and Wilmer) without approval from the SCC or the C&B Committee to conduct the expensive secret investigation.

The investigation resulted in the finding that although Lisa Shepherd “asked [Chairman] Mr. Evans if she could make changes in the formatting and capitalization”, and was given permission, “Ms. Shepherd’s changes to the Bylaws, albeit immaterial were not within her purview as Secretary.”

Why would Chairman Anderson conduct an expensive third party legal review of Ms. Shepherd’s “immaterial” changes and smear her to the entire State Central Committee for trying to do her job well? Why not just revert the changes, and push the formatting changes through in a proposal at the Convention? Perhaps his goal was to smear Secretary Shepherd at Convention like he did to the State Central Committee. Or Maybe the Chairman’s goal was to create some case to use these “immaterial” modifications to seed doubt among the State Delegates that the Bylaws weren’t legitimate. That might just lay the foundation for a quick, unexpected, vote to completely replace the governing documents at Convention with a version delegates don’t have time to vet. Maybe, just maybe, that new version would eliminate a State Central Committee?

Also included in Snell & Wilmer’s report on the matter, Rob Anderson’s own attorney Stewart Peay drew the conclusion: “The State Party Constitution nor the Bylaws grant to the State Party Secretary nor the State Party Chairman the unilateral authority to change the Bylaws, including changes limited to formatting and capitalization.” This finding of Anderson’s own attorney makes the following all the more paradoxical:

Anderson Fraudulently Modifies Bylaws & Sumbits Counterfeit Version to Lieutenant Governor Cox’s Office

Following the February 24, 2018 State Central Committee Meeting where the membership forfeiture bylaw was passed by a super majority of the members present, the Chair of the C&B Committee and Secretary Lisa Shepherd signed, certified, and published the new bylaws to the party website. The certified Bylaws were sent to the Lieutenant Governor’s office. Subsequently, Chairman Anderson downloaded the Bylaws, removed the certified signatures from the document, and proceeded to manually alter and modify the document. He removed the membership-forfeiture bylaw from the document, as well making other small formatting changes. Click here and scroll to page 11 to see the changes Rob Anderson unilaterally made to the certified bylaws published to the Party website, with zero authorization from delegates or the State Central Committee.

Anderson then sent the fraudulent and counterfeit version of the Bylaws to the Lieutenant Governor Cox’s Office (also a Buckshot Caucus member), who incredulously accepted them, and ignored the certified Party bylaws he had received earlier. Anderson did all this after his witch hunt into Secretary Shepherd wherein he publicly chastised her for making simple formatting changes to governing documents.”

Anderson Has No Problem Deceiving Delegates

Hopefully we’re all interpreting this wrong, and Anderson abandoned has plan to dupe delegates into ratifying fraudulent versions of the Constitution and Bylaws during the Convention; however, this is no time for complacency. We were all deceived last Convention when Anderson called people “fear mongers” who accused him of being the Count My Vote candidate. Fool me once, shame on you…. You know the rest.

Anderson Demands Buckshot Caucus Elites Run The Convention

Perhaps its coincidence that Rob Anderson threatened the GOP Executive Committee (according to members present) that he would cancel the Convention if Buckshot Godfather Kurt Bramble wasn’t in charge of credentialing, and Buckshot Member Accused of Extortion — Senator Todd Weiler wasn’t in charge of the Rules Committee. The Committee negotiated with Anderson to drop Weiler, but keep Bramble on the credentialing committee.

Former Legislator Warns That Two Buckshot Members Will Attempt to Swap Out Constitution & Bylaws

It’s probably also worth mentioning that State Central Committee member Don Guymon posted in a public forum that Matt Throckmorton, former C&B Chair and State Legislator, had heard that two prominent members of Buckshot Caucus were attempting to covertly substitute new Constitution and Bylaws during the Convention this year.

On March 26, 2018, Rob Anderson was interviewed by Kurt Manwaring who later published the interview, quoting Anderson who referred to the delegates, the SCC, and Republicans who oppose him as children who “lobby, plead, cry, beg, [& throw] temper-tantrums”. Anderson thinks he’s the parent and makes the Rules. I hope all of us are bold enough to kick and scream, until Anderson starts respecting delegates, State-Central committee members, our governing documents, and all Utah Republicans. He thinks he’s big Poppa and gets to make the rules. If he tries to pull off the Constitution & Bylaw Changeroo on April 21st, let’s be ready to show him “who’s daddy”.

Powerful Utah Senator Attempts to Extort Dave Bateman

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Dave Bateman has an update with respect to the extortion attempts he’s been subjected to by a member of Buckshot CaucusWatch the video to the right if you haven’t yet seen what’s going on. Dave is being extorted because he took a stand against “Count My Vote”. Over the past couple of months he has stepped forward to help save the Caucus-Convention System and rescue the Utah Republican Party from bankruptcy.

Dave Bateman has finally found the individual responsible for the extortion, and he has gone to the police with the information. Dave has have an audio recording that fully exposes this. Dave Bateman said “I’m shocked to learn it is a powerful Utah State Senator who is one of the key legislators responsible for deceiving our other good and honest legislators into passing SB54.” Dave released the audio file on a Facebook live at

Please listen. You won’t believe your ears when you hear this recording. If you want to help fight back against corruption in Utah government please share the video my Facebook live video, and use the hashtag #stoptheBS (buck shot) when you do. In fact, whenever you post anything political please start using this hash tag. Our elected representatives need to know we are done tolerating their corruption and we’re draining the swamp. Buck Shot Caucus is the epi-center of corruption in Utah politics.

Utah Political Corruption, Buckshot Caucus, and Count My Vote

My name is Dave Bateman. I’m the CEO of Entrata—a local software company I started while at BYU 15 years ago. I’ve never been very political, but advocates of the Caucus System reached out to me a few months ago and asked me for my financial support to protect the GOP from bankruptcy, and to help preserve Utah’s Caucus System. I’m happy to report that I negotiated down, and just paid off the last portion of the GOP’s $400,000 in legal debts last night, leaving the Party on firm footing financially. That’s not why I’m emailing.

I believe Count My Vote’s signature-gathering path will cause generational harm and corruption to Utah’s political environment. I’m emailing you to share a small glimpse of the corruption already occurring, which is what we can expect for generations in Utah if Count My Vote succeeds.

Distributing and Distorting My Private Divorce Court Documents

Because I bailed out the Party, those advocating for Count My Vote have come after me and my family aggressively. I went through a difficult divorce a couple of years ago, which my family is still fighting to recover from. Mysteriously, my “private” court divorce documents were somehow flagged as “public”, which only a Judge or Court clerk can do. Subsequently, a man named Daryl Acumen (who is a strong advocate of Count My Vote and appears to be a close confidant of GOP Chairman Rob Anderson) somehow obtained my private divorce court documents. The documents contain confidential information about my children and my finances, and sent them to a reporter named Ed Wallace. Despite sending a cease and desist letter reminding Daryl Acumen that distribution of these private documents is illegal in Utah, he continues to publish distorted information from the documents online.

Soliciting My Employees to Falsely Accuse Me of Sexual Harassment

Count My Vote advocates have formed a group called “Buckshot Caucus”, of which GOP Chairman Rob Anderson, Rep. Mike Mckell, Senator Kurt Bramble, Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox, and Senator Todd Weiler are members, among other prominent political figures in Utah. The group recently reserved a suite at a Jazz game and a member invited one of my employees to attend. My employee was approached in the suite by someone who was later described to me as a “political attorney”. The attorney asked her to participate in a scheme to solicit an employee of my company into making false sexual harassment claims against me. In return, the attorney allegedly promised the person who made the fraudulent claim a million dollars. I’m so thankful both employees who were solicited refused to go along with the dastardly plot and came forward to warn me.

Members of the SCC are Being Attacked

The media is in bed with Count My Vote because they will make millions from primary-election advertising if Count My Vote succeeds. The media is mischaracterizing those pushing to restore the Caucus-Convention System as a small group of fringe extremists. The legislature passed SB54 to protect their own incumbencies and ensure their re-election. Does it not seem sketchy to anyone that the State legislature decided to change the rules on how they themselves get elected? Yet the legislature who created this disaster joins in on mocking the State Central Committee for protecting their first amendment rights. Now, I can admit this video is kind of funny. What’s not funny is they ended the legislative session early, and didn’t have time to vote on a bill to protect QPP status for Republican candidates before adjourning; however, they had time to make this video and have a party to celebrate the conclusion of the session.

The legislature, just like the media has been pushing an absolutely false narrative. I’ve contacted 140 of the approximately 170 members of the SCC. 101 of those 140 SCC members reported they are in favor of a single-path Caucus-Convention System. Every vote taken to attempt to restore the Caucus-Convention System passes with a super majority of support, whether it’s an emergency meeting or a special meeting. 120 out of 128 SCC members voted overwhelmingly in November to continue the SB54 litigation. 73.9% of 850 delegates who answered a survey I conducted want a single-path Caucus-Convention System. 80.9% of 1,000 2016 Caucus Attendees surveyed are also in favor of a single-path Caucus-Convention System.

A member of the State Central Committee reported after the February 24 SCC meeting that his job was threatened if he continued to fight to save the Caucus-Convention System. Members of the SCC who voted on February 24 for the new bylaw have also been subject to electronic communications harassment. Count-My-Vote-affiliate Daryl Acumen has set up a process to bombard State Central Committee members’ email accounts with so many emails that they haven’t been able to communicate effectively during the weeks leading up to Caucus night. Acumen has spread lies all throughout the Utah GOP membership about actions recently taken in the meeting. During this same meeting, Chairman Anderson called for a closed-door Executive Session, wherein no recordings are permitted, nor are members allowed to even share the contents of the discussion outside the meeting. However, Chairman Anderson’s Assistant Executive Director Peter Simonsen secretly recorded the meeting from the Chairman’s lectern while he was standing there. The video was subsequently leaked to Daryl Acumen for use in his harassment of SCC members.

Why the SCC Made the Bylaw Change

The recent bylaw change was necessary to effectively litigate SB54. The Party bylaws have never allowed candidates to gather signatures. However, the existing bylaw needed an enforcement mechanism or it was meaningless. A bylaw change was made so candidates who violated the bylaws, after signing an agreement not to, would forfeit their membership until one day after the general election. Party attorneys cannot litigate against the encroachment of SB54 effectively without this. Moreover, any organization has the right to 1) define their rules and processes, and 2) to define them—especially a political organization.

Count My Vote is terrified of this new bylaw, because it is SB54’s death knell. News articles were run to suggest the change would somehow interfere with Mitt Romney’s campaign, which is patently untrue. While the new bylaw was bold, it was only implemented in the 1st and 2nd congressional districts in 2018. These districts were chosen because no one had yet declared intent to gather signatures during this election cycle. Unlike the false rhetoric from Chairman Anderson, the bylaw was implemented carefully to not bring harm to candidates, or change the rules on anyone mid cycle.

Rob Anderson Unilaterally Edits Party Bylaws Himself, and Submits to the LG Office as the Official Party Bylaws

After a super majority of State Central Committee members on February 24th voted to implement this new bylaw change, the Party’s Constitution and Bylaw’s Committee Janice Legler certified and signed the new bylaws. Officer Lisa Shepherd did also, and emailed the bylaws to the Lieutenant Governor’s office, as the Party is required to do by law. The new certified bylaws were published to the Party website This is where things start to get weird–and I mean weird.

The LG’s office refuses to accept the bylaws from anyone besides Rob Anderson, stating “We will need to receive these bylaws from him.” No one in the Party ever remembers the LG’s office refusing to accept bylaw changes from the Party secretary.

Outrageously, Chairman Anderson edits the certified party bylaws himself and submits a fraudulent and uncertified copy of the bylaws to the LG’s office omitting the new bylaw passed by a super majority of the SCC. See Anderson’s edits here Brazenly, Anderson apparently also made edits to elements of the bylaws changed as far back as 2015. The Chair clearly does this in an attempt to thwart the Party’s attempts to litigate SB54.

While the LG is in Buckshot Caucus, to be fair, the referenced correspondence was with Justin Lee, the Director of Elections, not Spencer Cox.

Chairman Anderson Breeches Contract with Me

Chairman Anderson committed to me that if I paid hundreds of thousands to support the Party, he would not interfere with the SCC’s efforts to litigate SB54. He deceived me just like he deceived the delegates at Convention last May when he promised them “I am not the Count My Vote candidate.” Chairman Anderson fought me at every step from paying off the debt, but finally signed the agreement. Then he brazenly breaches his contract with me in every way conceivable—even breaking State Law by creating and transmitting counterfeit bylaws to the LG’s office. Here is the language from the contract Rob Anderson personally signed with me:
“No UTGOP officer, committee, or employee shall, without express direction from the SCC, move to dismiss any part of the Litigation or act in any way to delay, impede, circumvent or limit the Litigation or other efforts to repeal and/or overturn SB54.”

We Cannot Tolerate These Actions, We Must Come Together & Fight This
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