Quote of the Day


But Biden is no better. And I mean no better. For 47 years he’s been wrong on every important issue. When I was in college going to an anti-racism demonstration in Boston in favor of school integration, at that time Biden opposed school integration. Then I worked on ending mass incarceration, ending the drug war, while Biden was passing laws to escalate the drug war, passing laws for mandatory sentencing to increase mass incarceration. He’s the architect of mass incarceration!

I’ll be voting for the Green candidates Howie Hawkins and Angela Walker …

—Kevin Zeese

Kevin Zeese Has Died


Kevin Zeese died this morning of a heart attack. He was 64.

Zeese will be remembered for his failed campaign for the U. S. Senate in Maryland on the Green Party ticket, his involvement in Occupy DC, his support for Bradley Manning and the Maduro regime in Venezuela, and his involvement with Brett Kimberlin’s Protect Our Elections.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


Team Kimberlin is full of losers. The TKPOTD for six years ago today dealt with one of Kimberlin’s enablers.

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Shadow Attorney General Zeese is a loser. His bio over at the Green Shadow Cabinet seems to revel in his defeats.

He sued the DEA over medical marijuana and lost. He ran for Senate in Maryland and lost. He filed complaints against organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce and American Crossroads and lost. He organized Occupy DC, which wound up fizzling. He has filed numerous bar complaints against other lawyers, most notably against Justice Clarence Thomas, that have gone nowhere.

Speaking of bar complaints, what’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander, Mr. Zeese.

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Following that post, Mr. Zeese did take steps to be reinstated in the DC bar.

And as of 11:59 pm ET Tuesday, the @ItsTime_2020 Twitter account has no followers.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


This post about a bit of lawfare in which Brett Kimberlin, as The Dread Deadbeat Protector Kimberlin, is involved. However, he’s not a named party in the case.

At the end of January, 2014, a couple of progressive organizations and a pair of individuals filed a LOLsuit in the U.S. District Court in D.C. against the Federal Elections Commission because it failed to pursue an investigation of Crossroads Grassroots Political Strategies. The individual plaintiffs in the case were Craig Holman and Kevin Zeese. The organizational plaintiffs were Public Citizen and Protect Our Elections.org. The Gentle Readers who have been following this blog for some time should find a couple of those names familiar. This is from the Complaint filed in the case—

11. Plaintiff ProtectOurElections.org is a national collaboration of grassroots organizations that work together to provide oversight of elections and to advocate for campaign finance reform. they rely on political committees’ public disclosure reports to evaluate the influence of money in politics.

13. Plaintiff Kevin Zeese, Esq., is an attorney with ProtectOurElections.org and is committed to reforming politics and elections. He relies on information about campaign-related spending to evaluate different speakers and messages and to monitor the impact of large expenditures on officeholders and public policy. He is also a United States citizen and a registered voter in Maryland. As a registered voter, Mr. Zeese is entitled to reviver the information that the FECA requires political committees and others to disclose to the public, and his informed exercise of the vote is impaired when such information is unavailable,

The case slogged along until motions for summary judgment were filed. A hearing on those motions was held in August, 2016. And then nothing happened. You see, there was another case going forward against the FEC in the same court that had very similar facts and issues. That case, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington v. FEC, went to trial in 2017 and was appealed. The Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit decided that case in the FEC’s favor in 2018. IANAL, but it seems to me that the case law now favors granting summary judgment in the FEC’s favor in the Public Citizen, et al. case as well.

The FEC has filed a supplemental brief informing the District Court of the Court of Appeals ruling, but nothing has been entered on the case docket for almost a year.

It looks as if The Dread Deadbeat Protector Kimberlin will have to find another means “to provide oversight” of our elections.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


One of the false narratives that The Dread Deadbeat Prevaricator Kimberlin spun in the aftermath of Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day was that he received “threats” as a result of the light shone on his lawfare and harassment of bloggers. This post titled Kimberlin Alleges Threats ran seven years ago today.

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Kevin Zeese, a lawyer representing Velvet Revolution (one of Brett Kimberlin’s not-for-profits), has sent letters to Ali Akbar and two other bloggers demanding that they “preserve all documents” relating to the recent blogburst. According The Examiner, Mr. Zeese alleged that Brett Kimberlin and his associates have received “countless death threats” as a result of the blogburst. The post states that Mr. Zeese was unwilling to describe what sort of threats were received or provide any documentation of any threats.

IANAL, but if I were, I’d be inclined to advise a client such as Mr. Kimberlin that filing a lawsuit opens up a discovery process that works both ways. There are folks hoping to be sued by Mr. Kimberlin so that they can get him answering questions under oath.

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Kevin Zeese is a lawyer licensed practice in DC only. He’s a failed Green Party candidate for Senator from Maryland and served in the Green Party’s shadow cabinet as Attorney General. His bio talks a lot about the cases he has litigated in support of progressive causes, but doesn’t seem to mention any that he’s won.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


Shadow Attorney General Zeese is a loser. His bio over at the Green Shadow Cabinet seems to revel in his defeats.

He sued the DEA over medical marijuana and lost. He ran for Senate in Maryland and lost. He filed complaints against organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce and American Crossroads and lost. He organized Occupy DC, which wound up fizzling. He has filed numerous bar complaints against other lawyers, most notably against Justice Clarence Thomas, that have gone nowhere.

Speaking of bar complaints, what’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander, Mr. Zeese.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


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.ECF 174-p1

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:PC v FEC ECF 23-2-3

The complaint filed in the Public Citizen, et al. v. FEC lawsuit, gives ProtectOurElections.org’s address as a post office box in DC.ProtectOurElectionsAddressThat 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.Zeese_DCBarHmmmmmm.

 

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


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.2012JTMP990-p10This is from the Schedule O attached to the Form 990-EZ filed by Velvet Revolution US.VRUS2012SchedOThe 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.

Bonus Prevarication Du Jour


@Mjanovic201310120129ZYes, my counsel of record in the Kimberlin v. Walker, et al. lawsuit is pro bono. So are all the members of the team of lawyers from around the country backing him up. (The Popehat Signal is a marvelous thing. Thanks, Ken.) They are lawyers from across the political spectrum with a dedication to the First Amendment who see it as a civic and professional duty to defend it against such egregious attacks as Kimberlin’s.

Half-assed? I don’t think so, but a one-percent-assed effort by the assembled team would probably be sufficient to overcome Kimberlin’s pitiful suit.

Definitely lose? Badly? Well, we will see who winds up owing whom. Even a dismissal could leave Brett Kimberlin responsible for costs and my expenses and legal fees. Legal fees? Yes, legal fees. My lawyer is pro bono for me but not for Kimberlin. Legal fees.

AFTERWORD—Bill Schmalfeldt seems to think that there is some significance to the fact that my lawyer is not a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, a voluntary organization. Membership in that organization should not be confused with being admitted to practice law in Maryland. I wonder if the Cabin Boy is aware that the two Maryland lawyers who are on the board of Velvet Revolution US, Jeffery R. Cohen and Kevin Zeese, also chose not to belong to the Maryland State Bar Association? The Cabin Boy has also noticed that my lawyer is also a CPA. Trust me, Gentle Reader; that’s going to be a plus.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


The Gentle Reader should not be surprised to learn that various people associated with Brett Kimberlin “charities” have common interests. Consider marijuana.

Brett Kimberlin pleaded guilty after being caught trying to receive a 5+ ton shipment of Columbian pot.

Kevin Zeese was with the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws as Chief Counsel from 1980 to 1983 (his first job after law school?) and as Executive Director from 1983 to 1986.

Hmmmm.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


I found this bio of Kevin Zeese on the Occupy Washington, DC website (No, I won’t link to it.):

Kevin Zeese, J.D. is a lawyer from Baltimore, MD with more than 30 years experience of writing, speaking and advocacy across a broad range of issues around peace, justice and democracy. His recent organizing efforts include the Sounds of Resistance concert and protest against Bank of America and Stop These Wars/Expose the Lies/Free Bradley Manning last December and March. He is the co-director of ItsOurEconomy.us,the director of ComeHomeAmerica.us, and on the steering committee of the Bradley Manning Support Network. He also serves on the boards of Velvet Revolution and Common Sense for Drug Policy.

Serves on the board of Velvet Revolution? Really? The Velvet Revolution US’s IRS filings don’t mention him as a board member.VRUS_officers

Checking over at the It’s Our Economy website (NIWLTI), if found out this about Mr. Zeese:

His recent election integrity work has included challenging the activities of the national Chamber of Commerce through StopTheChamber.org, as well as the activities of Karl Rove’s Americans Crossroads as part of AmericanCrossroadsWatch.org and seeking to overturn the Citizen’s United decision, including filing complaints against Justice Clarence Thomas, as part of ProtectOurElections.org. Zeese has also led the effort to prosecute Rupert Murdoch of NewsCorp for hacking into private phones and bribing officials.

Those three entities are all a part of VRUS.

Stop the Chamber (NIWLTI) appears to be nothing more than a webpage at VRUS that functions as a sock puppet / echo chamber for posts on other sites and a link to a Justice Through Music Project donation page.

American Crossroad Watch (NIWLTI) seems to be more of the same with a DONATE button.

Protect Our Elections (NIWTLI) looks like still more of the same, but POE appears to have actually done some things. One thing that Mr. Zeese has done for POE is to file a frivolous bar complaint against Justice Clarence Thomas. And there’s a DONATE button. Of course.

So maybe Mr. Zeese is on the board of VRUS along with another lawyer, and perhaps neither one of those board members who have supposedly reviewed the IRS filing (“YES THE FORM 990 IS REVIEWED BY THE GOVERNING BODY”) feels obliged to assure that correct information is filed with the IRS.

Hmmmm.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


The IRS Form 990 for a not-for-profit is supposed to list “Officers, Directors, Trustees, and Key Employees.” Velvet Revolution US listed the following individuals for 2011:

Jeff Cohen, Executive Director
Brad Friedman, Director

Although Brett Kimberlin testified under oath in the Kimberlin v. Allen lawsuit that he ran VRUS, he is not listed—not even as a key employee.

Kevin Zeese is an activist lawyer who has been involved with filing bar complaints against conservative lawyers (such as Justice Clarence Thomas) on behalf of VRUS. Although the VRUS website refers to Mr. Zeese as a Director of the organization, he is not listed on the 990 either.

When I asked a lawyer familiar with not-for-profit filings about these sorts of omissions, he remarked, “Oh, that’s just Kimberlin’s usual lack of attention to the niceties of corporate forms.”

Hmmmm.

Dread Pirate #BrettKimberlin: Year in Review 7


As 2012 has been winding down, we’ve been looking at how the year has gone in TDPK legal cases that reached closure. The summary is a batting average of .000.

TDPK has had help with his shenanigans, first, from his crew, the members of Team Kimberlin, and, second, from a group of enablers. His crew have been a particular help on the Internet. First Mate Neal Rauhauser fancies himself a master of Internet skullduggery. Actually, he’s merely a hacker wannabe who seems to engage mostly in sock puppetry and crude identity theft. He is pretty good at social engineering with some kinds of people. Barrett Brown, for example. FMNR is one of the codefendants in the Virginia Walker v. Kimberlin, et al. lawsuit. He spent the year dodging service on the suit while writing blog posts about it. The only time I saw him in court was when he accompanied TDPK to the 5 July peace order trial. My esteemed colleague Stacy McCain believes that FMNR was the writer of the Breitbart Unmasked blog until Cabin Boy Bill Schmalfeldt took over.

Crew Member Ron Brynaert is the other et al. defendant in that Virginia lawsuit. He has kept a relatively low profile through the year, at times, trying to disassociate himself with other crew members. One wonders if he might be the first mutineer.

Cabin Boy Bill Schmalfeldt, OTOH, has become a gung ho member. Since taking over Breitbart Unmasked, he has become Team Kimberlin’s public, um, … I guess mouthpiece is the best word, although that seems to be the wrong bodily orifice. He has childishly tried to bait those of us who have written about TDPK and, occasionally, stepped over the line to really threatening behavior. Aaron Walker, Stacy McCain, and Lee Stranahan have all been on the receiving in of his cyberstalking. I have merely been the target of obnoxious and obscene tweets on Twitter. While he reminds some folks of a Jabba the Hutt wannabe, I see CBBS as more like Signor Ugarte in Casablanca.

Ugarte: You despise me, don’t you?
Rick Blaine: I probably would if I gave you any thought.

Imaginary Friend Occupy Rebellion (aka Sheridan) is the Twitter account of an allegedly female TDPK groupie. I believe that the account is a sock puppet and blocked it as soon as I began receiving obscene tweets. As of this posting, the account’s tweets are private.

In addition to the members of his crew, TDPK has a group of enablers.

Jeffery R. Cohen, Esq., is the Executive Director the two Kimberlin “charities.” I note with some interest that the SWATting threat I received came as a comment to a post about Mr. Cohen and his relationship to TDPK via the “charities.”

Brad Friedman is listed as one of the Directors of Velvet Revolution US, the 501(c)4 “charity.”

Kevin Zeese, Esq., is listed on several pages of the VRUS website as a Director of the organization. He is not listed as such on any of their legal filings. Mr. Zeese has filed several frivolous bar complaints against such individuals as Associate Justice Clarence Thomas on behalf of VRUS. During 2012, he sent a letter on behalf of VRUS to the National Bloggers Club demanding that they preserve certain documents. He is also a former Green Party candidate for U. S. Senator in Maryland.

Myra Lowenthal, CPA, is the accountant who prepared and signed the IRS Form 990 submitted through 2010 for Justice Through Music Project and Velvet Revolution US.

I’ve been writing about TDPK since late May. Like  PattericoStacy McCain, and others, I’m committed to writing true things about the activities of Team Kimberlin. As Patrick Frey says, unlike those bozos, I have a life apart from the Internet. Cyberstalking won’t deflect me. Childish tweets won’t deter me. During 2013, you can expect me to continue posting . One day, when I choose to do so, when I feel the time is ripe, I will begin posting some of the more, shall we say, “interesting,” information that the Vast Hogewash Research Organization has uncovered.

It won’t be pretty, but it will be true.

Meanwhile, we have one more day left in 2012. On New Year’s Eve, I’ll present an updated version of the most popular TDPK post of the year. Stay tuned.

Calling Their Bluff


The ACLJ has sent a letter to Kevin Zeese responding to his document hold request to the National Bloggers Club informing him that all further correspondence should be directed the ACLJ.

It will be interesting to see if Brett Kimberlin Lord Voldemort has the gumption to face a legal team led by David French and including Eugene Volokh.

Lee Stranahan Calls Brett Kimberlin on a Misrepresentation in Court


Brett Kimberlin testified that Aaron Walker was the person who instigated the blogburst on 25 May. Kevin Zeese has implied that Ali Akbar and/or his group started the blogburst. In an open letter Lee Stranahan says this:

I’d like to correct the record and invite you to sue me, if you dare.
In the recent Maryland hearing that ended with the arrest of blogger Aaron Walker, Brett Kimberlin said that Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day was Mr. Walker’s idea.
In a recent letter to Ali Akbar of the National Blogger’s Club, the implication was that Mr. Akbar and / or his group and / or a man named Foster Fries were behind Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day.

For the record : Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day was entirely and completely my idea. I first mentioned it in this post. I told one person about the idea before I posted it and they are ready to be a witness. I never encouraged violence against Mr. Kimberlin nor would I condone any violence. Mr. Kimberlin is the convicted violent felon not the people who write about him.
If you want to file your baseless, anti-free speech, anti-American lawsuit against the creator of Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day. — I’m right here.

Read the whole thing.