The ACLJ has posted a letter from the IRS to a 501(c)4 group that asks for information allegedly needed to verify the groups status. As I was reading the list, I wondered how Brett Kimberlin’s 501(c)4, Velvet Revolution US, would answer some of them.
[D]escribe the activities that your organization will initiate and/or participate in to fulfill your purpose. Your description should include the answers to the following basic questions:
a. What does the activity entail?
b. Who conducts the activity and what are their qualifications?
c. Where is the activity conducted?
d. When is the activity conducted?
e. How significant is the activity in relation to your total activities described as a percentage of time and a percentage of expenses?
f. Who may participate in the activity?
g. How are the participants selected?
h. Is there a fee for participation in the activity? If so, provide a fee schedule.
i. How does the activity further your group purpose?
Let’s see. There are no activities reported on any VRUS Form 990s, but they do seem to have a website that lets people know about their various campaigns to collect donations to support their various campaigns.
Provide the following information for all the public events conducted or planned to be conducted by your organization:
b. Identify and provide copies of handouts to the audience.
g. Indicate the percentage of time and resources you will spend on these activities in relation to 100% of your activities.
What public events?
Have you attempted or will you attempt to influence the outcome of specific legislation? If so, provide the following:
a. Provide copies of all communications, pamphlets, advertisements, and other materials distributed by the organization regarding the legislation.
b. Provide copies of any radio, television, or internet advertisements relating to your lobbying activities.
c. Please indicate the percentage of time and resources you have spent or will spend conducting these activities in relation to 100% of all your activities.
Their NRAWatch website advocates for unconstitutional legislation restricting Second Amendment rights.
Do you directly or indirectly communicate with members of legislative bodies? If so, provide copies of the written communications and contents of other forms of communications. Please include the percentage of time and resources you have spent or will spend conducting these activities in relation to 100% of all of your activities.
Brett Kimberlin says that he talks with folks on Capitol Hill all the time.
Inquiring minds want to know.