Brett Kimberlin’s 501(c)3 not-for-profit, Justice Through Music Project, and his 501(4),
VelvetRevoliution dot US Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc., are among the least transparent “charities” when it come to their finances. The following is part of a post called Dread Pirate #BrettKimberlin Sells DVDs that ran six years ago today. The reference to discovery relates to the first round of lawsuits between the Dread Deadbeat Pro-Se Kimberlin and Aaron Walker.
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Among the information sought from TDPK in the discovery process of the Virginia Walker v. Kimberlin, et al. civil suit are the financial records of his 501(c)(3), Justice Through Music Project, and his 501(c)(4), Velvet Revolution US.
TDPK asserted that he is immune from discovery, citing the Fifth Amendment among other reasons. Judge Potter’s response boils down to No, now get on with answering the questions put to you and produce the documents called for.
What is it about JTMP’s books, for instance, that TDPK wants to keep hidden? Does he have some trade secret for raising money for his “charities”? Or could it be that he really has a reasonable apprehension of criminal liability based on what those records would reveal?
Consider this: The IRS Form 990s filed by JTMP for 2005 through 2008 show revenue of $1,364,443 and total expenditures of $610,460 for “Printing and publication.” The JTMP website says that they produce DVDs and that they give ten away for each one that they sell.
However, none of the Form 990s for 2005 through 2008 show any income for the sale of DVDs or anything else. Neither does the Form 990 for 2010. Where are the records of the sales?
For that matter, are there any records to audit? JTMP has chronically asked for extensions of time to file with the IRS because “Taxpayer needs more time to gather records.” Really? Is the operation that lax? After all, the Executive Director is a lawyer and the returns have been prepared by an accountant.
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I’ve never seen one of the
Dread Deadbeat Performer Kimberlin’s JTMP DVDs. I’m not really sure they ever existed. I’d like to get may hands on one, so I’m offering a $100 credit for merchandise at The Hogewash Store to the first person who sends me a Rock Your Rights DVD that can be authenticated.