The most recently available (2010) IRS Form 990 for Justice Through Music Project lists Brett Kimberlin as a Director with the princely salary of $19,500 a year. The Velvet Revolution US Form 990 for the same year does not list TDPK as an key employee but as a creditor who could afford to lend the organization $4500.
Now, we know that he lives, most likely rent free, in the basement of his mother’s house. But his mother’s house is in Montgomery County, Maryland, one of the richest counties in America with an average family income in excess of $90,000 a year. Even assuming that he isn’t his family’s sole breadwinner, it doesn’t make sense that he is supporting a family of four on a net income of $15,000. So how is he getting by?
One suspicion is that some of the his expenses are paid by his “charities” in ways that haven’t been properly reported. For example, the occupancy expenses reported by those organizations has varied from year to year in a manner that doesn’t obviously track with their reported activity. These question have led to JTMP and VRUS being added as et al. defendants in the federal Walker v. Kimberlin, et al. lawsuit.
Moreover, based on substantial evidence of their abuse in the furtherance of Mr. Kimberlin’s conduct, Plaintiff joined the non-profits in this suit as a means of determining the degree of separation, if any, of Defendant Kimberlin from these organizations, and to the extent to which Defendant Kimberlin is masking improper or possibly unlawful actions behind these otherwise respectable causes …
There’s probably a simple explanation for what’s been going on. The question is whether or not the answer is favorable to TDPK. The Virginia Walker v. Kimberlin, et al. suit is seeking the financial records of JTMP and VRUS, and TDPK has, to date, refuse to comply. We’ll see if that refusal continues past the sanctions hearing on 4 December.