Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


According to paperwork filed with the IRS, The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin’s not-for-profits spent $34,625 on legal expenses in 2012.

This is from page 10 of the Form 990 filed by Justice Through Music Project.2012JTMP990-p10This is from the Schedule O attached to the Form 990-EZ filed by Velvet Revolution US.VRUS2012SchedOThe only lawsuit involving those entities was Walker v. Kimberlin, et al. which was dismissed shortly after the not-for-profits were added as parties. Furthermore, they were represented in the matter by Jeffrey Cohen, the Executive Director of both organizations. Even if he billed for his services and all the expense was borne by JTMP, it would be unlikely that his fees would have justifiably amounted to over $11,000.

The only other “legal” activity during 2012 seems to be some frivolous bar complaints filed on behalf of VRUS by Kevin Zeese. Again, the apparent level of effort for that work does not go a long way in explaining over $23,000 in expense.

‘Tis a puzzlement.

Dread Pirate #BrettKimberlin and Form 990


Let’s go through the Justice Through Music Project Form 990 for 2011 together.

As noted yesterday, although the JTMP website offers DVDs for sale, the only income shown on the 2011 Form 990 is from Contributions and grants (Page 1, line 8). There’s no income shown for selling anything. That’s sorta interesting because on Page 2, line 4a, the 990 states that JTMP’s primary program service accomplishment is

CIVIL RIGHTS, SOCIAL ACTION AND ADVOCACY PROGRAMS. WE HAVE CREATED DVDS WITH MUSICIANS TO EDUCATE YOUTH ABOUT THEIR VOTING AND CIVIL RIGHTS TO GET THEM TO REGISTER TO VOTE.

Hmmmm.

Moving along to Page 3, line 3, the question “Is the organization required to complete Schedule B, Schedule of Contributors?” is answered with a “Yes.” The is no Schedule B attached. The instructions for Form 990 say that all contributions of $5,000 or greater should be listed. The Tides Foundation shows a $10,000 contribution to JTMP on its Form 990 for 2011.

Hmmmm.

Scrolling down to Page 10, line 11c, we find that there was $11,852 of Accounting expense. That compares with $6,905 in 2010 and $2,450 in 2009 for all Professional fees and other payments to independent contractors.

Hmmmm.

Lines 16 (Occupancy) and 24d (Utilities) on Page 10 are $15,225 and $12,795 respectively. We will examine a possible explanation of those expenses in a later post.

These are just a few of the things that caught the eye of a non-accountant quickly reviewing the document. More experienced eyes are also looking.

Stay tuned.

UPDATE–To be fair, I should note that a Schedule B may have been filed. The IRS does not make them publicly available.

#BrettKimberlin’s Justice Through Music Project Files Wrong Info With IRS


The 2010 IRS Form 990 filed by Justice Through Music Project shows a Year of formation of 2005. Here is that section of the form:

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The Articles of Incorporation for Justice Through Music Project show a filing date of 02/21/2003. Here’s the relevant portion of that document:

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Hmmmm.