Whenever I’ve looked at the IRS Form 990s filed by Brett Kimberlin for his not-for-profits, several … um … questionable entries seem to pop out. The TKPOTD for ten years ago today took note of one of Kimberlin’s efforts to shield the entity previously known as Velvet Revolution US from financial scrutiny
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The IRS has admitted that they have subjected right wing organizations seeking tax exempt status to additional scrutiny. Inappropriately. That’s not to say that it would be always inappropriate to examine a 501(c)4 organization’s compliance with the tax code.
For example, when the records of Velvet Revolution US were sought as a part a civil suit, Brett Kimberlin responded by invoking his Fifth Amendment privilege against self incrimination.
I can only see a couple of explanations for such a claim. One is that the claim was a pure BS attempt to dodge discovery. The other is that there was incriminating evidence in those records.
If the IRS wants to audit a tax exempt organization, I have a nominee for them.
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Velvet Revolution US was renamed Protect Our Election/EMPR Inc. in 2017. Its 505(c)(4) status was revoked by the IRS for failure to file required paperwork. Its website falsely claims that it has both 501(c)(3) and 501(c)4), but I doubt it will ever attract the attention of any of the 87,000 new IRS employees.