The Washington Post has been amazing this year. Between their political coverage and stuff like this, just amazing reporting. Glad I switched from NYT to their electronic subscription last month; been worth every penny.
Loved this exchange with Jill Geer re: the computer that he specifically had USATF buy "so I may save on taxes etc":
"In an email, Geer denied that Siegel bought the computers through the nonprofit in order to avoid sales tax. â€œMax requested that an employee with technical expertise assist him in the purchase of computer equipment,â€ she wrote. â€œHis request had nothing to do with the avoidance of sales tax.â€
Later informed of Siegelâ€™s email saying he wanted to â€œsave on taxes,â€ Geer declined additional comment."
This is seemingly minor but telling evidence of organizational dysfunction.
Major newspaper asks organization's spokesperson about incident.
From the details in her response, it sounds like spokesperson checked with somebody on how to answer.
Then the reporter reveals the evidence underlying the original query, and the spokesperson is left dangling and has no additional comment.
Sounds like Geer was lied to, or, less likely, willfully spun a tale without consulting Siegel's office. Neither thing should happen in a well-run organization that realizes that, in 2016, everybody keeps all emails and texts.