Although Brett Kimberlin has had several sock puppet accounts on Twitter, he actually has one with his name on it. Here it is with both tweets that have been posted.Op-Critical was the house band associated with Kimberlin’s Justice Through Music Project not-for-profit. Like almost everything else he’s undertaken, the band was a flop—and so was his attempt to promote a song onto an album associated with one of the Twilight movies. The only tweets on this account point to the YouTube video for that song.
Say, I wonder why he was so interested in promoting a song aimed and young girls?
Nine years ago today, Brietbart Unmasked published a piece by Matt Osborne misrepresenting a Letter Order issued in the Kimberlin v. National Bloggers Club, et al. (1) RICO Madness LOLsuit. One of false narratives Osborne tried to spin has to do with my supposed admission that to causing financial damage to Brett Kimberlin.Note that while I reported that some of the donor’s to the not-for-profits had stopped giving, Osborne failed to present any evidence that my reporting caused them to stop.
More important, the donors stopped giving to Velvet Revolution and Justice Through Music Project. Those are corporate entities which exist separately from Brett Kimberlin. One of the elements of defamation is that the victim suffered damage. Even if the not-for-profits had been damaged, their damage would not have been Kimberlin’s as well.
If the not-for-profits had had a legitimate case, there were plenty of lawyers who would have taken their case. Not even the two lawyers associated with the Velvet Revolution and JTMP wanted anything to do with such a suit.
Brett Kimberlin was one of the founders of a not-for-profit known as Velvet Revolution US. In 2017 he renamed that entity Protect Our Elections/EMR Inc. The protectourelections dot org website has an ABOUT page which contain the following—
ProtectOurElections is a national collaboration of grassroots organizations that have joined together to reclaim our democracy, providing oversight to rescue our elections from partisan politics and privatization. POE is registered as both a 501(c)(4) organization and a 501(c)(3) organization.
None of that is true.
There is no evidence that any entity other than Kimberlin’s other not-for-profit Justice Through Music Project has any affiliation with “PiOE”.
It is also a lie that “POE” is registered as both a 501(c)(4) and a 501(c)(3). That’s not possible under the Tax Code. At one time, it was a (c)(4), but that status was revoked by the IRS for failure to file required paperwork. It is not currently listed by the IRS as having any tax exempt status.
I believe I’ve mentioned that Kimberlin is a convicted perjurer who has been caught forging documents submitted as evidence in recent court cases. It seems that the leopard still has his spots.
BTW, clicking on the Authorize Net or PayPal DONATE buttons at protectourelections dot org takes you to pages that say the donations are for Protect Our Elections. Clicking on the Authorize Net button at the Justice Through Music Project site takes you to a donation page for EMPR, Kimberlin’s Ukrainian news website. The PayPal button takes you to a Protect Our Elections donation page.
The Justice Through Music Project web site (No, I won’t link to it.) has a page that offers a Rock Your Rights DVD for sale. There’s a notation on the page that the DVD is “sold out.”
Apparently, TDPK had to give away all of the DVDs because JTMP must not have sold any. I say that because the 2011 IRS Form 990 for JTMP shows no revenue from any sources other than Contributions and grants. Since someone buying one of the DVD receives “something of value” (the DVD can, after all, be use as a drink coaster), so any payments for purchasing them are not strictly contributions and might be more properly reported as Program services revenue.
Now that the Supreme Court has denied Brett Kimberlin’s attempt to have his Speedway Bombing convictions set aside, it will be interesting to see if he finally decides to put an end to his lawfare. His status as a felon was never in doubt. He was convicted of perjury about dealing LSD before he turned 20, and he pleaded guilty to dope smuggling charges in the late ’70s. Even if he’d found a way to quash the bombing convictions, he’d still be tagged with those felonies. He would still be under all of a felon’s legal disabilities, so why bother?
One theory I’ve heard advanced is that the convictions for violent felonies have turned off potential donors to his not-for-profits.
Two of the interesting news stories from yesterday were Tulsi Gabbard’s departure from the Democrats and the testimony from an FBI Analyst in the Igor Danchenko trial that the agency offered offered Christopher Steele one million dollars if he could corroborate allegations in his infamous dossier but Steele could not do so..
Brett Kimberlin appears to be associated with the Ukrainian connected Democrats who were pushing the Russia Collusion Hoax, and he’s still flogging that dead horse. I found this at the Justice Through Music Project website last night—
Brett Kimberlin’s Justice Through Music Project is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit. The image below is a screenshot from the jtmp dot org website. It was taken just after 10pm ET last night.
Just after I took that screenshot, I found this at irs dot gov—
Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. Contributions to political campaign funds or public statements of position (verbal or written) made on behalf of the organization in favor of or in opposition to any candidate for public office clearly violate the prohibition against political campaign activity. Violating this prohibition may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise taxes.
Certain activities or expenditures may not be prohibited depending on the facts and circumstances. For example, certain voter education activities (including presenting public forums and publishing voter education guides) conducted in a non-partisan manner do not constitute prohibited political campaign activity. In addition, other activities intended to encourage people to participate in the electoral process, such as voter registration and get-out-the-vote drives, would not be prohibited political campaign activity if conducted in a non-partisan manner.
On the other hand, voter education or registration activities with evidence of bias that (a) would favor one candidate over another; (b) oppose a candidate in some manner; or (c) have the effect of favoring a candidate or group of candidates, will constitute prohibited participation or intervention.
Who knows, it may be that by 2025 some of those 87,000 new IRS agents will have the training and experience necessary to perform audits of noncompliant 501(c)(3) organizations. And maybe in 2025 they’ll be working for someone who will “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed”.
BTW, the United States does not have an extradition treaty with Ukraine. I wonder how that might affect some peoples’ retirement plans.
At this point in 2014, Brett Kimberlin has just lost the first of his LOLsuits that included me as a defendant, and only the first of his RICO LOLsuits was still pending. He had just told a reporter the Aaron Walker, Stacy McCain, Ali Alexander, and I could expect lawsuits for the rest of our lives. The TKPOTD fro eight years ago today considered that threat.
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The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin is rattling his tail and threatening to strike out with yet another vexatious federal lawsuit against the original defendants in the state Kimberlin v. Walker, et al. nuisance lawsuit.
Before he does that, he might want to war-game the various responses that are possible from one or more of the potential defendants. There are some things that he may think are low-to-zero probability that … well, let’s just say that he really, really should consider the potential costs of such a lawsuit.
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The questions posed by this comment to the original post have never be properly answered..
The past couple of TKPOTDs have dealt with the reboots of a couple of Kmberlin-related websites, jtmp dot org and protectourelections dot org. The past four or five years have seen Brett Kimberlin’s web presence contract significantly. It seems he’s trying to gin up some positive publicity as he goes through the process of filing a petition for a writ of certiorari with the Supreme Court on the denial of his attempt to have some of his Speedway Bombing convictions set aside.
I usually use DuckDuckGo for web searches, but last night I was on a machine that was set up with the Brave browser. DuckDuckGo (and Google) respond to searches for justice through music project and protectorelections with jtmp dot org and protectourelections dot org as the first hits. Brave responded with these—Neither site makes it into the first five hits. Neither site has significant traffic, but still …
Yesterday, I reported that the jtmp dot org website is back in operation and being kept more or less up to date. The same is true of the protectourelections dot org site.
Of course, the most important page supporting the grift is the DONATE page. It provides a link via Authorize dot Net to an EMPR account.Several years ago, Brett Kimberlin changed the corporate name of Velvet Revolution US to Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc. One of the websites that entity operates is empr dot media, an English-language Ukrainian news/propaganda site. At best, POE donations going to EMPR would indicate that funds for “protecting” American election integrity are being commingled with funds supporting Ukrainian propaganda.
At worst … well, consider this information found at the top of the site’s ABOUT page—The second sentence is not true. Protect Our Elections has never been considered an 501(c)(3) entity by the IRS. At one time, it was registered under 501(c)(4), but that classification was revoked by the IRS.
I can understand why someone might believe something less than honest is a foot in an operation run by a convicted perjurer.
After several years of neglect, Justice Through Music Project is begun actively using the jtmp dot org website again.
If you look closely, you can see that one of the Top Tags is free speech. However, there don’t seem to be any posts about Brett Kimberlin’s use of lawfare to try to suppress the free speech and free press rights of those of us who have written about him.
The most important feature of the site is back up. The DONATE page is alive again, but the Authorize dot Net button takes you to an account for EMPR, and the PayPal button takes you to an account for Protect Our Elections. JTMP is a 501(c)(3) entity to which donations are tax deductible. Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc is a separate entity which has had its 504(c)(4) status revoked by the IRS.
Brett Kimberlin has used his mother’s home address as the legal address for his not for profits. The actual location of their office space was somewhere else, and when that address was reported here at Hogewash!, various members of Team Kimberlin squawked that I had published someone’s home address. The TKPOTD for nine years ago today, looked more deeply into how 6513 79th Place, Cabin John, Maryland, was being used.
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Back on 1 February, I did a post about the office space rented by Brett Kimberlin’s “charities.” I remember one of his Twitter trolls fussing about how I had published the picture of someone’s residence. Ah, no, that was a picture of the office space for Justice Through Music Project and Velvet Revolution US.
OTOH, there was a rumor that someone was living in the house, and there’s another rumor that said individual is no longer there.
Now, I’m not much on rumors, conspiracy theories, and such, but there is some interesting evidence that tends to support the occupancy/non-occupancy rumors. If someone were living in the house, then the property would be watched by the occupant. If no one were there, other security measures might be necessary. The Before picture is from Google Street View and is consistent with the appearance of the property late in 2012. The After picture is from earlier this month. There is no trace of the alarm company sign in the Before picture.
The Deadbeat Performer Kimberlin really wanted, and probably still wants, a career in the music business. He’s struck out as a songwriter and performer, and he’s never been able to worm his way in through his Justice Through Music Project. The TKPOTD for eight years ago today dealt with one of his exaggerated claims about JTMP.
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In his opposition to my motion to dismiss in the Kimberlin v. The Universe, et al. RICO Madness, The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin wrote the following:I suppose by “non-profit that works with famous bands and artists” TDPK means “Justice Through Music Project.” If he does, he is misleading the court.
I recently took a look at the Justice Through Music Project website (No, I won’t link to it.) and worked my way back through over a year’s worth of its blog posts. There were lots of stories about “famous bands and artists,” but there was nothing about any of them working with or having anything to do with JTMP.
Nothing. Nada. Zilch. Bupkis.
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Although I got out of any day-to-day connection the recording industry when Mrs. Hoge and I moved from Nashville to California in 1982, I stayed in the pro audio business for most of the ’80s. During my almost 20 years in recording and broadcast I did have the opportunity to work with some “famous bands and artists.” You may have actually heard of some them.
The TKPOTD for eight years ago today dealt with the legal expenses reported on the 2012 IRS 990 forms filed by Justice Through Music Project and Velvet Revolution US. JTMP is Brett Kimberlin’s 501(c)(3) not-for-profit entity. Velvet Revolution US was renamed Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc. in 2017. The IRS has revoked its 501(c)(4) status.
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According to paperwork filed with the IRS, The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin’s not-for-profits spent $34,625 on legal expenses in 2012.
This is from page 10 of the Form 990 filed by Justice Through Music Project.This is from the Schedule O attached to the Form 990-EZ filed by Velvet Revolution US.The only lawsuit involving those entities was Walker v. Kimberlin, et al. which was dismissed shortly after the not-for-profits were added as parties. Furthermore, they were represented in the matter by Jeffrey Cohen, the Executive Director of both organizations. Even if he billed for his services and all the expense was borne by JTMP, it would be unlikely that his fees would have justifiably amounted to over $11,000.
The only other “legal” activity during 2012 seems to be some frivolous bar complaints filed on behalf of VRUS by Kevin Zeese. Again, the apparent level of effort for that work does not go a long way in explaining over $23,000 in expense.
‘Tis a puzzlement.
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JTMP’s Form 990 for 2020 has still not been posted at its dot gov.
On the off chance that someone might actually give a hoot, I’m posting this screenshot to show the new look of the jtmp dot org website.Someone changed the site theme from oldpaper to asteroid and did a minor bit of clean up. Otherwise, it’s pretty much the same waste of bandwidth.
The crowd of people of have wound up working with Brett Kimberlin is … well, let’s just say it contains a broad array of … um … interesting people. This post from nine years ago was about the lawyer who was Kimberlin’s nominal boss as the Executive Director of Justice Through Music Project. It’s about Dread Pirate #BrettKimberlin’s Boss’ Intellectual Property.
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Those of us who make our living by creating things and ideas know the importance of protecting our intellectual property. I have a patent. I own copyrights. I own trademarks and service marks. Indeed, if you click on The Fine Print above, you’ll find copyright and trademark notices about this site and its contents.
Jeffrey R. Cohen‘s law practice deals primarily with intellectual property. He has filed more than 300 trademark applications with the Patent and Trademark Office, some for clients and some for himself. Yes, he owns trademarks himself. Here’s one that he filed and later abandoned:
I can understand why he abandoned this one. There probably wasn’t much of a market for Plumber’s Butt work pants. (Mrs. Hoge is laughing while I type this.)
I admire the creativity behind this trademark, but I don’t think much of the judgment behind it. It may not be Mr. Cohen’s only lapse of judgment.
With the first of the Kimberlin LOLsuits having been won, the TKPOTD for seven years ago today took a look at one of the claims in the RICO Madness LOLsuit which pointed to another of Kimberlin’s bits of lawfare, as suit against the Federal Election Commission in which one of his not-for-profits was a sorta/kinda plaintiff.
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Here’s an interesting tidbit from one of The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin’s filings in his Kimberlin v. The Universe, et al. RICO Madness.
I looked up that lawsuit on PACER and read the motion for summary judgment that TDPK wrote about. In a declaration that accompanies the motion, Kevin Zeese declared on 28 July, 2014, the following under penalty of perjury:
The complaint filed in the Public Citizen, et al. v. FEC lawsuit, gives ProtectOurElections.org’s address as a post office box in DC.That organization is actually nothing more than a back burner project of VelvetRevolution.US, and it probably operates out of the 79th Place address in Cabin John, Maryland, or Mrs. Kimberlin’s basement in Bethesda.
Note that Mr. Zeese says that he’s an attorney with an entity that operates in DC and/or Maryland. According to the state’s list of attorneys licensed to practice in Maryland, Kevin Zeese is not shown as a member of the bar in that state. Additionally, his license is shown as suspended in DC.Hmmmmmm.
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Given Kimberlin’s record in court, the Gentle Reader should not be surprised to learn that the Federal Election Commission eventual won the suit.
At one time or another, Brett Kimberlin has had as many as two dozen or more websites online. One of the results of this failed lawfare against bloggers was the devastation of The Dread Deadbeat Publisher Kimberlin’s web presence. The TKPOTD for three years ago to day took a look at deterioration of the website for Kimberlin’s flagship not-for-profit Justice Through Music Project.
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The Dread Deadbeat Publisher Kimberlin isn’t very good at keeping things up to date. For example, the following image is for a recommended link on the Justice Through Music Project website’s home page:
Free Bradley Manning? Uh, he’s been out of jail for quite awhile now and has run (unsuccessfully) for the Democrat’s nomination for the U. S. Senate from Maryland this year.
The JTMP website also has links to several defunct webpages. Some return 404s. Some haven’t been updated in years.
How can a site with so little traffic and so little relevant connection to the rest of the web generate enough hits on the DONATE button to be worth keeping up? ‘Tis a puzzlement.
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The deadnaming of Bradley Manning shows how little attention was being paid to the site’s upkeep in 2018. Since then, the site has been moved to the same offshore server that hosts brietbartunmasked dot com and almost all of the other Kimberlin-related sites that still survive.
When I scanned jtmp dot org yesterday evening, I received 38,936 errors, mostly 404—Not Found. The Home page is broken.Kimberlin’s campaign of brass knuckles reputation management has, like almost everything he’s touched, been a failure in the long run.
The IRS is falling behind on getting the Form 990s filed by tax exempt organizations. Very few of the 2019 forms are online, and the form for Justice Through Music Project are not posted yet. I’ll post them here when they are available. Previous JTMP 990s have looked like poorly done exercises in creative accounting. Seven years ago today, Hogewash! ran this post noting that The Cabin Boy™ Makes a Valid Point about Kimberlin’s accounting practices.
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He’s right. There’s no reason to suppose that any 1099s were actually generated.
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Kimberlin’s Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc lost its 501(c)4 status because of failure to keep up with required paperwork.