Yesterday’s TKPOTD took note of the IRS revoking the 501(c)(4) tax exemptions status from Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc. That organization was originally called VelvetRevolution.US when it was founded by Brad Friedman and Brett Kimberlin. The
Dread Deadbeat Protector Kimberlin changed the corporate name in 2017. It now appears that any profit made by the corporation will be taxable. Of course, because the exemption status was 501(c)(4), donations to the POE/EMPR were never tax deductible by a donor.
However, that has never stopped Kimberlin from misrepresenting the corporations status. Here’s the Donate page that was posted at protectourelections dot org as of 8:30 pm ET last night.
Let me zoom in on the deductibility claim.POE/EMPR never was a 501(c)(3), and it’s now lost its (c)(4) status. One of the lies that The
Dread Deadbeat Pro-Se Kimberlin told about me in the unsuccessful LOLsuits he filed against me was that I had defrauded my readers by seeking donations under false pretenses.
I am not amused.
Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc. is The
Dread Deadbeat Protector Kimberlin’s 501(c)(4) not-for-profit.
Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.
The TKPOTD for four years ago today took a look at the featured posts at the old velvetrevolution dot us website and noted that not a single one had any comments. Yesterday, I took a look at the website for the new, improved Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc. (protectourelections dot org). None of the post dated this year had any comments. I didn’t bother to go back any further.
I also took a look at the site’s DONATE page. It still claims that the organization is a 501(c)(3) charity and that donations are tax exempt. I also downloaded the most recent IRS Exempt Organizations Business Master File Extract for Maryland-based organizations. It lists Protect Our Elections/EMPR as a 501(c)(4) entity. According to the IRS:
Contributions to civic leagues or other section 501(c)(4) organizations generally are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. They may be deductible as trade or business expenses, if ordinary and necessary in the conduct of the taxpayer’s business. However, see Nondeductible Lobbying and Political Expenditures for more information. Also, the organization may be required to disclose that contributions are not deductible when it solicits contributions.
Of course, it is possible that the work Kimberlin is doing for whoever is providing the funding for POE/EMPR really is a business expense for that person or persons.
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.
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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.
This is the opening paragraph on the ABOUT page of the protectourelections dot org website.The claim in the last sentence does not appear to be true.
The IRS publishes a list of all registered 501(c)(3) organizations. Protect Our Elections is not on the current list (updated on 8 October, 2018) under its current name, its previous name (Velvet Revolution US), or its Employer Identification Number.
Further, it appears from the information posted on the IRS website that it is not possible for a 501(c)(3) organization to be simultaneously registered as any other type of Section 501 entity.
Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc. does appear to be registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(4) organization. For now. Kimberlin’s other not-for-profit, Justice Through Music Project, is registered under 501(c)(3). However, they are two separate entities, and commingling their assets could … never mind … I’ll let him find out the hard way.
Politico reports that the IRS has awarded a no-bid multi-million dollar fraud-prevention contract to Equifax.
UPDATE—Wired has this report about Equifax’s questionable security practices.
501(c)(3) status has been denied, and some donors want their money back.
Lois Lerner was unavailable for comment.