Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

One of the more tedious aspects of writing about Brett Kimberlin has been digging out truthful information about his not-for-profits. The post from eight years ago today on one of the first about Following the Money.

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Last night, I finally got around to looking over the 2011 IRS Form 990 for Velvet Revolution US. For those of you who haven’t been following the Saga of The Dread Pirate Kimberlin for long, VRUS is the 501(c)4 not-for-profit that Brett Kimberlin runs. There are some interesting changes in the filings between 2010 and 2011 which we’ll explore from time to time. Today, let’s look briefly at the reported expenses.

Here’s an extract from the first page of the form. You can click on the image to embiggen it for easier reading.

2011_VRUS_990_ExpenseNote that line 13 is where payments to independent contractors are reported. Hold that thought. Now, take a look at this extract from Schedule O (where the “Other expenses” are described).2011_VRUS_990_SchedO

We find additional payments to independent contractors. That’s an interesting irregularity on a report filed by a CPA.

Also, over $35,000 was spent on “Public Relations.” I can’t find any record of VRUS spending so much as a dime on PR before 2011, but VRUS says it spent over 40% of its budget on PR during that year. Why was that sort of expense required?

2011 was the year that the Kimberlin v. Allen lawsuit was in courts. TDPK sued for over $2 million claiming that Seth Allen’s blogging was affecting his ability to raise money for his “charities.” (TDPK won a $100 nominal judgment in the end.) Was this PR campaign an effort to overcome the effects of Allen’s truthful blogging? (Allen lost the suit on a technicality not the merits.) Will we see more spending on PR on the 2012 Form 990?

Hmmmm.

Stay tuned.

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Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

The 2018 Form 990 for Justice Through Music Project has finally been posted online by the IRS.

I see that Brett Kimberlin has promoted himself from Director to President of the organization—an organization with two employees (Line 5) and no volunteers (Line 6).

I spotted several discrepancies and/or errors within the first five minutes of review.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

One of the ways that The Dread Deadbeat Protestor Kimberlin tried to raise money was by seeking donations to his Justice Through Music Project not-for-profit to pay that outfit for publicizing the legal situation of a Russian rock band called Pussy Riot. None of the funds collected would go for their legal defense, JTMP would just talk and write about them. Six years ago, I published A Spelling Lesson that talked about that fund raising effort.

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pussyriot_jtmpThe Russian feminist punk rock group spells their band’s name in Latin letters “Pussy Riot.” It’s occasionally transliterated into Cyrillic as “Пусси Райот.” The “spelling” shown above is from the Justice Through Music Project donation page exploiting the band’s legal troubles. One would think that The Dread Pirate Kimberlin, who is alleged to speak and read Russian, would know better.

Некультурный!

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I appears that JTMP’s PR effort was a bust. Maybe that’s why TDPK switched his emphasis to Ukraine.