Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

I sometimes wonder if Brett Kimberlin knows how to tell a story without having at least one lie in it. Take a look at the TKPOTD for two years ago.

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I’ve mentioned that VelvetRevolution.US is running another promotion centered on a reward for information concerning voting machine hacking again this year. One new twist is asking for donations to fund the reward.vrusrewardbleg


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The Dread Deadbeat Prevaricator Kimberlin has changed VelvetReveolution.US’s corporate name to Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc., but the entity was and still is a 501(c)4 organization as far as the IRS is concerned. While a 501(c)4 entity does not have to pay federal income taxes, donations to such an entity are not tax exempt. (Well, they may be if they’re legitimate business expenses, but good luck convincing the taxman that donations to TDPK’s “reward” fund qualify. Nothing in this post should be taken as tax advice.)

Lying liars gotta lie.

UPDATE—This is currently on the DONATE page of the Protect Our Elections website.The IRS Exempt Organizations Business Master File Extract shows that Protect Our Elections-EMPR Inc. is a 501(c)4 entity and that donations to it are not tax deductible.

Sometimes Rules Cut Both Ways

The IRS is proposing to rewrite the rules for 501(c)4 “social welfare” not-for-profit organizations in ways that would drastically reduce their political activities. The general buzz is that this is being done at the behest of Democrats in the Senate who worry about organizations such as Americans for Prosperity. Eliana Johnson has a report over at NRO over the Left’s reaction to the proposed rules.

The proposed regulations have a host of left-leaning groups worried that the 501(c)(4) rules could serve as a template for regulations governing 501(c)(5) nonprofits (unions) and 501(c)(6) groups (trade associations), and they are speaking out.

Also, leftwing 501(c)4 outfits are waking up to the threat to their activities. Being able to help deliver votes engage in voter registration is often a key part of the business model of such organizations.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

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.