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.
The velvetrevolution dot us website is back up, hosted on a server in Chile. Much of the old material is missing. Indeed, there doesn’t seem that anything posted after 2016 remains. This is posted on the About page—
The opening sentence isn’t true. First, Velvet Revolution US Inc as such. no longer exists. That corporate entity changed its name to Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc. in 2018.Second, checking with the Maryland Department of Assessment and Taxation website shows this—Third, according irs dot gov, the entity’s 501(c)4 status has been revoked.
Protect Our Elections Inc was registered as a dba trade name by Justice Through Music Project in 2015, and that registration was renewed last year. However, JTMP is a 501(c)3 which cannot engage in the kinds of political activities allowed for a 501(c)4.
Brett Kimberlin tried running his election protection scams for over a decade, and was able to gin up support from interesting sources. This post, Velvet Revolution US: Bigger Than It Seems?, from eight years ago today deals with funding he received from the Threshold Foundation.
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The above extract from the 2008 annual report of the Threshold Foundation describes Velvet Revolution US as
… an online activist organization of 154 affiliate organizations and 18,984 members.
The 35 kilobucks in funding was supposed to be for an “Election Protection Strike Force.”
<mockery>One wonders if one of the “affiliate organizations” is a real estate enterprise offering to sell bridges to most of (say, 18,980) the “members.”</mockery>
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Of course, it is absolutely false to say that Velvet Revolution ever had more than a handful of members. I’m not sure how such claims are categorized in the not-for-profit world, but in engineering we would refer to them as a lies.
The Dread Deadbeat Protector Kimberlin is also The Dread Deadbeat Perjurer Kimberlin.
Brett Kimberlin appears to have consolidated the hosting for some of his web domains on a xeonhosting dot net server in The Netherlands. The pre-2019 versions of jtmp dot org and protectourelections dot org are up. For a few days the DONATE button on the Protect Our Elections site linked to a PayPal account, but it now dead end to a Donate page with no links.
I find it interesting that those two site seemed to have lost their later content. Both had had some material posted in 2019, the POE site was still trying to spin a Russian election hacking story earlier this year. FWIW, there’s noting posted after December, 2018, at breitbartunmasked dot com either. That was when Bill Schmalfeldt began his career move into the part-time radio announcer business..
Speaking of Breitbart UnmaskedBunny Billy Boy Unread, this Prevarication Du Jour from seven years ago today chronicles one of that site’s many lies.
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One of my codefendants in the Kimberlin v. The Universe, et al. RICO lawsuit is DB Capitol Strategies, a firm run by Dan Backer. Dan got on The Dread Pirate Kimberlin’s enemies list because he represented Aaron Walker in his suits against TDPK in 2012.
The picture and caption on the right are from the sidebar Breitbart Unmasked (No, I won’t link to it.). Like so much of the junk found at that site, it is utterly wrong. The only thing they got right about Dan is the spelling of his name. For example, he did not argue McCutcheon v. FEC at the Supreme Court. According to the Court’s transcript, Erin Murphy did.
Not only are the bozos who run that site liars, they’re not very good liars—as a 30 second Google search often demonstrates.
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Neither The Dread Deadbeat Pirate Publisher Kimberlin nor the Cabin Boy™ has had much success these past few years.
They’re back, mostly. The websites for Justice Through Music Project (jtmp dot org) and Protect Our Elections (protectourelections dot org) are somewhat live again. They are hosted now on the same offshore server as velevetrevolution dot us (now also live), itstime2020 dot org, greencasamaryland dot org, breitbartunmasked dot com, empr dot media, and kelsiekimberlin dot com.
I say that the JTMP and POE sites are somewhat live because they haven’t been fully restored. Everything that had been posted after February, 2018, is missing from the JTMP site, and everything posted after August, 2018, has disappeared from POE. It’s interesting what Kimberlin has decided to throw away and what he’s decided to keep.
The TKPOTD from six years ago today dealt with one of Brett Kimberlin’s vain attempts at having a noticeable impact on the public consciousness without the use of high explosives.
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Gentle Reader, do you ever wonder what the Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin does when he isn’t involved in vexatious lawsuit? He’s the Director of a not-for-profit called Justice Through Music Project. One of the sca … uh … activities run by JTMP is a web site called Protect Our Elections dot org. The site claims to be 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.” It has a DONATE button that appears to go straight to JTMP’s authorize dot net account.
Now, that’s a chilling thought: Brett Kimberlin providing “oversight to rescue our elections.”
Here’s what the top of the site’s home page looked like around 8 pm yesterday evening.And here are a couple of front page links to featured stories.The stories relate to a nuisance suit that Protect Our Elections has filed against the Federal Elections Commission. Take a close look at what I’ve circled in red. Those are the comment counts on the stories. As of 8 pm yesterday, there had been absolutely none. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Bupkis.
That shows you the relative impact of The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin’s Internet operation vis-à-vis those of us who he is suing because we write truthful things about him. Indeed, the most recent comment on the POE site was made at 8:59 pm on 11 August. By way of comparison, Monday noon’s Are You Pondering What I’m Pondering? post generated six comments.
The Team Kimberlin theory of lawfare involves punishment of the victims by causing them to have to deal with the time and expense of a protracted legal ordeal run at relatively low cost to the pro se plaintiff. It’s backfired. TDPK is up against pro se defendants, one of whom is a lawyer, who are able to mount low-cost defenses; First Amendment activists with pro bono legal counsel; and media personalities and organizations whose best interests are served by fighting the suit.
The Streisand Effect will be cranked up to 11 until all TDPK’s vexatious lawsuits are completely dealt with. Brett Kimberlin won’t disappear from public scrutiny until he’s either given up or been beaten. Given his poor choices to date, I suspect we’ll have to whip him in court.
Oh, one more thing … evil hates the truth, but it hates mockery even more.
UPDATE—I just reread POE’s description of itself. The stated goal is to rescue our elections from partisan politics.
I thought the whole purpose of an election was partisan politics, as in, choosing between two or more candidates representing differing views. Whigs v. Tories. Democrats v. Republicans. That sort of thing.
Of course, JTMP’s politics are avowedly progressive. Perhaps the statement is simply an honest description of a desire for one-party rule.
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Through the years, Kimberlin has given up any pretense of non-partisanship, openly working with Democrat and Ukrainian interests since the 2016 election cycle. His attempt at affecting this year’s election seems to have fizzled. Both his It’s Time 2020 and EMPR websites have gone silent, and the Justice Through Music Project site isn’t accessible.
It’s really beginning to look as if Brett Kimberlin has hastily abandoned all of his websites still hosted in the United States. The velvetrevolution dot us domain was moved offshore to the same server hosting empr dot media around the middle September, but the site is empty. Access to the remaining onshore sites was disabled when the domain hosting their name servers were taken down. Given that it’s not that hard to move to a new name server, it looks as if Kimberlin is either distracted by something that is keeping him and his IT guy from maintaining the sites—or he’s tried to move everything back offshore, but that process has been disrupted.
The last day that I can verify that any of the onshore sites were working is 10 October, and a certain story broke in the NY Post on the 14th.
The United States does not have an extradition treaty with Ukraine.
The TKPOTD from five years ago today examined one of the claims Brett Kimberlin made in his second federal RICO LOLsuit against me.
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Here’s an interesting bit of information from The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin’s opposition to the motions to dismiss his Kimberlin v. Team Themis, et al. RICO 2: Electric Boogaloo LOLsuit.A loss in his earnings? Hmmmmm. That loss must have been relatively recent. The IRS Form 990s for Justice Through Music show him making $19,500 a year in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. (2014’s form doesn’t appear to have been filed yet.) Of course, TDPK’s claim about lost earnings will be easily checked if the suit gets into discovery.
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Indeed, Kimberlin was lying. The Justice Through Music Project Form 990s through 2018 all show his compensation as $19,500 per year.
They also show an interesting trend in the not-for-profit’s income.
Of course, it could be purely coincidental that JTMP’s income spiked upward during election years. After all, as a 501(c)(3) entity, it isn’t supposed to engage in partisan political activity, and Kimberlin created the now defunct Velvet Revolution US as a 501(c)(4) which could engage in political advocacy.
Meanwhile, all to the Kimberlin-related websites, including jtmp dot org as of the time this post is being drafted, hosted in the U. S. have gone dark.
I probably should have titled this post Brett Kimberlin and the Case of the Missing Websites. Seven years ago today, I had a couple of posts about Kimberlin-related websites. The TKPOTD was about a site that had disappeared.
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The Gentle Readers who have been following The Saga of The Dread Pirate Kimberlin lo these many months may remember posts about a website called globalpharma dot biz. This was a site for a company that appeared to have a physical presence in Arizona but whose website was hosted in Holland on the same server as the Kimberlin-related off-shore sites. It’s name server was unmaskedhosting dot com, a domain apparently owned or controlled by Brett Kimberlin. globalpharma dot biz offered to sell me Schedule IV prescription drugs for sale with no prescriptions required.
When I checked yesterday afternoon, the website was missing.A bit of digging turned up this interesting information about the domain’s name server history.Change of ownership?
UPDATE—Here’s a couple of interesting thoughts that popped up while reviewing The Dread Pirate Kimberlin’s RICO suit against me. Neither it nor the state lawsuit he has filed mention any of my writing about globalpharma dot biz.
Also, there’s an interesting coincidence in the timing of globalpharma dot biz going dark. It happened around the time the RICO suit was being drafted and filed. I wonder if a review of 18 USC 1961 had anything to do with the site going down?
As used in this chapter—
(1) “racketeering activity” means (A) any act or threat involving murder, kidnapping, gambling, arson, robbery, bribery, extortion, dealing in obscene matter, or dealing in a controlled substance or listed chemical (as defined in section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act), which is chargeable under State law and punishable by imprisonment for more than one year; … (D) any offense involving fraud connected with a case under title 11 (except a case under section 157 of this title), fraud in the sale of securities, or the felonious manufacture, importation, receiving, concealment, buying, selling, or otherwise dealing in a controlled substance or listed chemical (as defined in section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act), punishable under any law of the United States …
… but it looks kinda shady. The Dread Pirate Kimberlin’s “charity” Justice Through Music Project runs a website called pussyriotdefensefund dot org. Just looking at the name, it would not be unreasonable for someone to assume that the site was involved in raising funds to help with the legal defense for members of the Russian rock band that have been prosecuted.
Here’s the top of the site’s home page. (Click on the image to embiggen it.)Zooming in on the text show this:See, Gentle Reader, the site’s not really a fraud because it comes right out and tells you that the donations go to JTMP.
BTW, TDPK has filed a federal RICO accusing me of mail fraud and wire fraud because I asked you to donate to funds supporting other bloggers and because I am now one of the beneficiaries of a fund to defend against a frivolous and vexatious lawsuit from Kimberlin. If you believe that the BomberSuesBloggers fund is a scam, please don’t contribute. If you think that blogs such as Hogewash! should be able to publish about potential scams, even if they might be run by Brett Kimberlin, then please go over to the BomberSuesBloggers [Dead link. We took the site down after we won the LOLsuit.] site and find out how you can help.
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Kimberlin eventually pulled the plug on pussyriotdefensefund dot org. Perhaps it wasn’t generating enough cash flow to bother paying for its hosting. Or Kimberlin may have let lapse through inattention.
Meanwhile, the Justice Through Music Project website was still missing in action as of 9:30 pm ET, Saturday.
Whilst poking about the Interwebz Friday evening, I had difficulty checking up on several of Brett Kimberlin’s websites, the ones hosted by Fintel Associates.
Indeed, I was unable to ping the server that had been hosting jtmp dot org and protectourelections dot org.
I was also unable to reach any of the Kimberlin sites hosted on another Fintel server—almightymedia dot org, indictbreitbart dot org, occupyforaccoutability dot org, and op-critical dot com—and I was unable to ping that server.
Brett Kimberlin’s clout as an activist has been minimal. That may explain why he has used bogus LOLsuits and other forms of lawfare to harass those of us who have written truthfully about him. The TKPOTD for seven years ago today dealt with the lack of impact Justice Through Music Project had on the Real World.
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Team Kimberlin has been able to cause a great deal of misery to those it has targeted for personal attack. That’s in stark contrast to it’s impact in the wider world. For example, it the various web analytical services can be trusted, it is likely that more people will read this post on the first day it is up than will visit the Justice Through Music Project website over the next two weeks.
Kimberlin’s real world impact is trivial even among the true believers in the causes he claims to espouse. Take fracking (hydraulic fracturing to free trapped natural gas), or, in JTMP’s case, anti-fracking. If you go to the JTMP website, you’ll find a link to a Ustream channel. Clicking on the link will take you to a poorly recorded, year-old session of a bunch of activists talking about the evils of fracking. There’s nothing else on the channel. No wonder the channel only has 3 followers.
Just like all those petitions that never achieve a critical mass of signers or proving election fraud based on tips that never come in or …
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Indeed, more people will probably read today’s TKPOTD on the day it’s published that will visit Kimberlin’s itstime2020 dot org website all next month.
The TKPOTD for one year ago today dealt with Brett Kimberlin’s not-for-profit Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc.
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Now that it seems that The Dread Deadbeat Pro-Se Kimberlin has had his butt kicked in enough LOLsuits, it looks as if he’s tried to make a career change to protecting our elections. He’s renamed VelvetRevoultion.US as Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc. and is trying to make a go of the role of The Dread Deadbeat Protector Kimberlin. However, he doesn’t seem to be making much impact providing “oversight of elections,” something Protect Our Elections claimed it does in a suit against the Federal Election Commission.
The Protect Our Elections website has so little traffic it can’t be reliably ranked. None of the content posted in 2019 was original. The half dozen posts were lifted from Politico (twice), The Daily Beast, The Rolling Stone, Salon, and the Puffington Host. The last post that appears to contain any original content was about the disputed North Carolina House District 9 contest. I went up last December. Nothing posted in the past year has generated a single comment. Not. A. Single. Comment.
Moreover, The Dread Deadbeat Protector Kimberlin did not properly oversee this week’s special election to settle the NC-09 House election. Brett Kimberlin isn’t doing any better protecting our elections than he did smuggling dope into South Texas. Kimberlin, as Judge Hazel said, “has failed …”
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2019 was a rough year for Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc. On 15 May, 2019, the IRS revoked its 504(c)(4) tax exempt status. Donations to that entity never were tax deductible, but revocation of 504(c)(4) means that POE/EMPR is itself no longer tax exempt. Perhaps that’s the reason why this was allowed to happen.
In yesterday’s TKPOTD, I mentioned that there seemed to be several interesting items contained in the 2018 IRS Form 990 filed by Justice Through Music Project. For example, the form lists Jeffrey Cohen as Executive Director when it appears that he left the organization in 2017.
Here’s something else I found interesting, the Signature Block on the form— Compare it with the Form filed for the tax year 2016 which was actually filed in November, 2017—Now, compare them both with the Signature Block from the form for tax year 2014 which was filed in November, 2015—I find the differences interesting. The Gentle Reader may come to his own conclusions.
UPDATE—Corrected the date of the third signature block.
The IRS has finally caught up with posting online copies of 2018 Form 990s. Here’s a link to the return from Justice Through Music Project. I would normally post it to Scribd, but that site is currently having issues processing some uploads.
One thing I found interesting is that Jeffrey Cohen is still listed as the Executive Director, but when I attempted to send correspondence to him and serve a subpoena on Justice Through Music Project through him in 2017, it appeared that he was no longer with the organization.I’m sure there are other interesting tidbits contained in the filing, and the Gentle Readers are encouraged to see what they can find.