The Democrats are proposing that the IRS should be informed of any bank transaction of $600 or greater.
Why? And why set the threshold at an amount that would cover most folks’ biweekly paychecks? Of course, as the gig economy grows, fewer people are on payrolls, but most of us who don’t get W2 get 1099s. Who are they targeting? Small business owners?
Or are they after the spending side? I suppose most families spend at least 600 bucks for rent or a mortgage? What else?
I tell you what—before the public submits to this kind of invasion of our privacy, I believe we should see some transparency from the people who want to do this snooping. Before the American people should submit to such nosiness, we should require that all members of the House and Senate, the heads of each executive department and independent agency, and all federal judges be required to make public any of their financial transactions equal to or greater than $600.
There’s something happening here
What it is ain’t exactly clear
I was checking out the Justice Through Music Project website, and I noticed that the DONATE buttons were gone. That struck me as odd. I went over to the Protect Our Elections website, and it’s donate page was still up and functional. It also still had the claim that the donation was being made to a 501(c)(3) entity and was tax deductible. Protect Our Elections/EMPR has never been recognized as a 501(c)(3) charity by the IRS. Until recently, it was recognized as a 505(c)(4) not-for-profit, but its status was revoked for failure to file the required paperwork for over three years. In any case, (c)(4) organizations don’t pay taxes, but donations to them are not tax exempt, so they claim that donations to POE/EMPR are deductible is simply wrong.
It becoming apparent that Kimberlin isn’t paying the same attention to his not-for-profits as he used to. It’s almost as if something else is distracting him.
BTW, when The Dread Deadbeat Pro-Se Kimberlin sued me and my codefendants in the Kimberlin v. National Bloggers Club, et all. (I) RICO Madness LOLsuit, he accused us of operating a false 505(c)(3) as a scam.
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.
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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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.
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.
A former aide to Senator Chuck Schumer who is now working for the Justice Department call what he thought were members of Congressman Elijah Cummings staff to ask them to leak information to support administration spin of the IRS debacle. Imagine the fun that ensued when it turned out that had really dialed the staff of oversight committee chairman, Congressman Darrell Issa.
In a letter to Attorney General Holder, Issa said he is “disturbed” by the “apparently longstanding collaboration between the Obama administration and Ranking Member Cummings’ staff to obfuscate and prejudice the Committee’s work through under-the-table coordination.”
The Gentle Readers who have been following the progress of the Kimberlin v. The Universe, et al. RICO Madness will remember that a big chunk of The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin’s allegations rest on his claim that the National Bloggers Club never applied for recognition of its 501(c)(3) status by the IRS. Given the fact of NBC now being listed by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) entity, one can safely assume that such an application was made.
Indeed, it was. In 2012.
The Gentle Reader may also recall that back in 2012/2013 some organizations experienced unusual delays with the processing of their 501(c)(3) paperwork. NBC’s took almost two years to get through.
So as I spend a bit of this holiday weekend working on court papers for the RICO Madness, I’m pleased to learn that there are some IRS lawyers who may also be spending time prepping for court cases related to 501(c)(3). Stephen F. Hayes reports:
On July 10, IRS lawyers will appear in federal district court to explain why they never reported the emails missing in the context of a lawsuit brought by Judicial Watch. And the following day, the IRS legal team is expected to try to block outside access to the evidence that Lois Lerner’s computer crashed—if such evidence exists.
It’s not the crime that gets you … it’s the cover up.
This is one of the key allegations that The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin makes in his Kimberlin v. The Universe, et al. RICO Madness.That’s not true.
In fact, Ali Akbar did file the appropriate paperwork with the IRS concerning National Bloggers Club and it’s 501(c)(3) status, and he has received the confirmation letter from the IRS. National Bloggers Club is a recognized 501(c)(3) entity.
TDPK’s crude attempt to smear Ali has run aground on the truth.
So the Cabin Boy™ has posted his 2013 IRS Form 1040A over at Patriot-Ombudsman (No, I won’t link to it.) (H/T, EPWJ). Notice that he claims that he had no taxable income last year.
Now, that’s quite interesting. During our mediation session last January, he admitted that he received “donations” to his tip jar, but there’s nothing on line 7 reporting those “tips.”
Either he was lying to me, or he’s lying to the IRS. Of course, the tip jar income may be so small that he has no tax liability. Still, the form is signed under the following declaration:
Under penalties of perjury, I declare that I have examined this return and accompanying schedules and statements, and to the best of my knowledge and belief, they are true, correct, and accurately list all amounts and sources of income I received during the tax year.
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.
Xenophon (the Troll) has another one of his mind-bogglingly silly posts up at Breitbart Unmasked (No, I won’t link to it.). He writes about Ali Akbar and a seminar that touched on how to “beat the IRS.”
President Obama published a memo to the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies on transparency in government. You can read the whole thing here. It says in part:
Transparency promotes accountability and provides information for citizens about what their Government is doing. Information maintained by the Federal Government is a national asset. My Administration will take appropriate action, consistent with law and policy, to disclose information rapidly in forms that the public can readily find and use.
“… consistent with law and policy …” Those should not be weasel words, but they are. What happens when it is the Administration’s policy to deceive the public?
The expectation that the government is lying happens. That expectation is becoming so pervasive that even the main steam media is having to take notice and challenge White House claims.
It really doesn’t matter whether the screwups are the result of incompetence as Chis Christie suggests (“they’ve never run anything before”) or corruption or some mix of them plus other factors. The result has been increased transparency. Folks are now looking for the gotcha, the weasel words, or the flat-out lie in whatever comes out of the White House, and, with that increased attention, are beginning to see right through the PR.
Peggy Noonan writes at WSJ about how the Obama Administration and the IRS in particular have undermined the public’s trust in government. Read the whole thing.
Of course, other agencies have joined in since 2009, the NSA being an recent example. Ms. Noonan’s line about the White House being in the business of campaigning rather than governing hits the bullseye.
This is what the Inspector General says about Progressive groups being scrutinized by the IRS.
In total, 30 percent of the organizations we identified with the words “progress” or “progressive” in their names were processed as potential political cases. In comparison, our audit found that 100 percent of the tax-exempt applications with Tea Party, Patriots, or 9/12 in their names were processed as potential political cases during the timeframe of our audit.
Another one of the subsidiary activities of Brett Kimberlin’s Velvet Revolution US is called Issa Oversight (No, I won’t link to it.). It’s most recent post (12 June, 2013) is headlined
Addicting Info: Republicans Watch Another Fake Scandal Die; IRS Manager Reveals He Is A Conservative Republican
It’s all about how the IRS scandal is a no big deal and is about to blow over. After all, Elijah Cummings says it’s time to move on.
Just in case someone from VRUS reads this blog, you guys might want to listen to NPR or take a look at the Washington Post. Even with their pro-Administration coverage, there seems to be a bit more scandal than you’ve noticed.
Vodkapundit writes about the real danger of government snooping.
This is what the NSA does with data. They might someday need the contents of your email from your wife with the cute puppy picture, on the off chance there’s a coded message in there about TPing the Washington Monument with ricin-infused toilet paper. It may never happen, but Bureaucrat Bob isn’t going to be the one stuck with that particular hot potato on the day the TP Jihadis strike.
Is evil really banal like that? You bet it is. Right until some smart politician figures out some smart way to use those warehouses of data to cement his power. The IRS scandal showed a small-scale version of how to do just that, simply by using the complexities and intricacies of our corrupt tax code. The real danger however lies in those mountains of data being collected each and every day by Bureaucrat Bob.