Stacy McCain has a summary of Team Kimberlin’s latest lying attack. This one is aimed at a Romney campaign staffer. Posting at Democratic Revolution as under the name of one of his not-for-profits (a cheesy outfit I call the Velveeta Revolution), Team Kimberlin accuses Romney staffer Bill Murray of fraud. That posting relies on an article at The Democratic Daily by Alex Brant-Zawadzki. Mr. Brant-Zawadzki is a cyber colleague of Neal Rauhauser. Mr. Rauhauser works with Brett Kimberlin at Velveeta Revolution.
As Stacy McCain notes:
Brant-Zawadzki’s article (“Romney Staffer Committing Charitable Fraud“) refers to the American Liberty Alliance, a Tea Party-oriented project launched by Eric Odom in 2009 that was subsequently dissolved, as well as the National Bloggers Club, as points of association between Murphy and Ali Akbar, a conservative New Media strategist who is president of the National Bloggers Club. Brant-Zawadzki’s claim that the club is a “fraud” appears to be based entirely on the fact that the non-profit has not yet filed its first report with the Internal Revenue Service. Yet as Akbar has explained, the club was only organized in February of this year, and has up to one full year to report its activities to the IRS.
I’ll bet that the National Bloggers Club could be persuaded to open its books for an audit if either the Justice Through Music Project or (OK, I’ll use it’s legal name) the Velvet Revolution did the same.
Put up or shut up, Mr. Kimberlin.
UPDATE—There’s been some buzz on the Interwebs about whether or not the National Bloggers Club is a 503(c)(3) organization. In order to determine that, we can look at 26 USC 503(c):
(c) List of exempt organizations
(3) Corporations, and any community chest, fund, or foundation, organized and operated exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, testing for public safety, literary, or educational purposes, or to foster national or international amateur sports competition (but only if no part of its activities involve the provision of athletic facilities or equipment), or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals, no part of the net earnings of which inures to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual, no substantial part of the activities of which is carrying on propaganda, or otherwise attempting, to influence legislation (except as otherwise provided in subsection (h)), and which does not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office.
IANAL, but from what I know about the National Bloggers Club it seems to fit that description. Some people are writing that because NBC has not filed with the IRS yet for recognition of an exemption, they are not organized as a 503(c)(3) entity. That doesn’t seem to be what the Internal Revenue Code requires. Indeed, the IRS web page on how to register as a 501(c)(3) has this:
Generally, organizations required to apply for recognition of exemption must notify the Service within 27 months from the date of their formation to be treated as described in section 501(c)(3) from the date formed.
Clearly, NBC is within that 27 month window. There really is nothing to see here. We do need to move along and stop feeding the trolls.
UPDATE 2—As I mentioned above, IANAL nor am I any sort of tax professional. However, I have been a director or trustee of several 501(c)(3) organizations and was the Treasurer responsible for IRS filings at one. I write based on that experience. There’s someone hiding behind a nom de cyber who is trying to post incomplete (and therefore misleading) information about what a 501(c)(3) organization is required to do and when it is required to do it. Nice try, but you’re blocked.