Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

I read on the Interwebz that the first load of M1 Abrams tanks has been delivered to Ukraine. That reminded me of this post from ten years ago today about #BillSchmalfeldt, Abrams Tanks, and the Second Amendment.

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I was going spend the entire day ignoring Cabin Boy Bill Schmalfeldt, but someone sent me a link to his latest waste of bandwidth over at Digital Journal (No, I won’t link to it.). It’s called Op-Ed: If Abrams tanks are outlawed, only outlaws will have Abrams tanks. Schmalfeldt seems to believe that ownership of an Abrams tank by a U. S. citizen is (or should be) illegal.

Other than nuclear, biological, and most chemical weapons, citizen ownership of weapons is not generally prohibited under federal law. Some are restricted. Some are taxed. But few are prohibited. Some states are more restrictive than the feds.

I don’t know how one would go about buying one, but I’m not sure that there is any federal law that bans private ownership of an Abrams tank.

There would be a lot of paperwork and tax filings involved in owning an Abrams. The two 7.62 X 51 mm machine guns and the .50 M2 machine gun would need to have the appropriate ATF tax stamps (and the guns would need to have been made before the 1986 ban). The main gun (either the 105 mm for early M1 or the newer 120 mm) would also have to be registered with the ATF as a destructive device and the appropriate tax stamp purchased.

Here in Maryland, the three machine guns would have to be licensed by the State Police, and the owner would have to pay a $10/year fee for each. The MVA wouldn’t issue tags, so the owner would be restricted to off-road use.

If the owner kept live rounds for the main gun, the ATF would impose requirements on the storage magazine, and, here in Maryland, the State Fire Marshal would get involved.

So, yes, the Second Amendment does protect a citizen’s right to possess arms.GE

Even an Abrams tank with the right paperwork.

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I haven’t bothered to check with Kimberlin’s Ukrainian news site (empr dot media which now forwards to ukrainefrontlines dot com) to check to see if Team Kimberlin believes that Ukraine should have those tanks.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

Brett Kimberlin has set up two not-for-profit entities. One is a 501(c)(3) organization called Justice Through Music Project. 501(c)(3) entities are tax exempt and donations to them are tax-deductible. The other was a 501(c)(4) organization originally named Velvet Revolution US. 501(c)(4) entities are also tax exempt themselves, but donations to them are not tax-deductible. Kimberlin changed the name of Velvet Revolution US to Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc. in 2017, and the IRS revoked its 501(c)(4) status in 2019.

For several years, Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc. was involved with the operation of an English-language Ukrainian news site call EuroMaidanPR (empr dot media). The empr dot org URL now redirects to ukrainefrontlines dot org, but that site contains much of the earlier version of the site and contains links to the (at)EuromaidanPR account on X (TSMSFKAT).

While wandering through the new site, I found an opinion piece posted on 25 August entitled After Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, most Americans hate Russia, and I understand more about the difference between “dyakuyu” and “spasiba”. It’s bylined Kelsie Kimberlin. The article is a puff piece promoting her latest release, a song called Armageddon. The article quotes her as saying,

I write my songs myself, and often my dad helps me. It was he who helped me write “Armageddon” …

It certainly sounds as if he did.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

In 2017, Brett Kimberlin renamed his 501(c)(4) not-for-profit from Velvet Revolution US to Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc. Since then, the IRS has revoked POE/EMPR’s tax-exempt status.

I occasionally check with the State of Maryland about the status of Kimberlin’s corporate entities. I found this just after 4pm yesterday.


Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

Brett Kimberlin operates two not-for-profits. One is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt entity known as Justice Through Music Project. The other, which has had its 501(c)(4) status revoked by the IRS, was originally known as Velvet Revolution US. Its name was changed to Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc in 2017.

Both the VRUS and POE websites are still active. The velvetrevolution dot us is hosted in the UK and had an Internet traffic rating of 2,173,156 as of mid morning ET yesterday. While it had been left fallow for long time, it is now being kept more or less current.

The protectourelections dot org domain is hosted in Holland and was ranked 15,028,580 yesterday. The protectourelections dot com domain is hosted in the US, and it redirects traffic to the dot org site. It ranked 1,589,599 yesterday. That’s higher than the dot org domain, but both have such low traffic that a few hits on any given day can skew the numbers.BTW, these two screenshots were taken within seconds of each other. Still.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

The Gentle Reader who has been following The Saga of The Dread Deadbeat Pirate/Pro-Se/Publisher/Protector Kimberlin may recall that he testified under oath in 2016 about he and his merry band of hackers were working with the DoJ to protect the election from untoward influences over the Internet. Here are some examples of Team Kimberlin’s coding skills.

The websites for breitbartunmasked dot com, jtmp dot org, and protectourelections dot org have all had clocks added to their menu bars. While the clocks display the correct current Greenwich Mean Time, the dates shown are random. I took these screenshots yesterday evening, beginning when the current GMT date/time was 9 July 12:36 AM. Note: The webpage with the correct date was the DONATE page for protectourelections dot org.

Given this level of coding skills, we should probably not be too shocked that Team Kimberlin was unable to adequately support the DoJ in 2016 and failed to protect the election from Trump’s win.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

Hogewash! has taken note of Brett Kimberlin’s shoddy financial accounting at his not-for-profits. The TKPOTD for ten years ago today was about another organization noticing as well.

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I don’t really have much use for Anonymous. However, we sometimes wind up on the same side. Take Neal Rauhauser, for example.

Your right to be stupid does not change the fact that you are in fact . . . stupid. More importantly your right to be stupid does not subvert the rights of others to speak publicly or privately –whether you agree with them or not. It’s about a little thing called Free Speech. Perhaps you have heard of it.

Oh, and speaking of 501(c)(3) charities, there seems to be some question on how Neal is getting funded since he is apparently unemployed. Perhaps that money is coming from Brett Kimberlin’s 501(c)(3) charity “Justice Through Music” aka “Velvet Revolution”. Well Neal, you’ve now brought a spotlight to that organization. I’m sure the IRS and others will be most interested in the discrepancies we’ve already found and the implication that unlawful threats are potentially being funded through this organization.

popcorn4bkWho know? Maybe Anonymous will wind up publishing some of the stuff that the Vast Hogewash Research Organization has turned up before we’re ready to run it. On the one hand, it would be disappointing to be scooped. On the other, the goal is to bring Team Kimberlin to justice.

Stay tuned.

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Gentle Reader, I doubt that any of those tens of thousands of new IRS employees will be allowed to audit Kimberlin or his not-for-profits.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

Yesterday’s TKPOTD looked at Brett Kimberlin’s abject failure at developing a coherent presence on the Internet. It mentioned that he had tried to get traction with dozens of sites. The TKPOTD for eight years ago lists some of them.

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Here’s a list of the web domains hosted on server They all seem to have a connection to Brett Kimberlin.KimberlinServerIt can be … um … interesting to take a look at these sites. Most have donate buttons that take you to a JTMP or VRUS donation page.

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All of those web domains are gone, except for jtmp dot org, protectourelections dot org, and velvetrevolution dot us. The first two have traffic ratings below 15,000,000. The velvetrevolution site is once again being updated occasionally and around midday yesterday had a traffic rating of 2,173,156. (BTW, it’s hosted on a different server—in the UK rather than Holland.)

In 2017, Kimberlin changed the name of Velvet Revolution US to Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc. The DONATE button on the velvetrevolution dot us Home Page is linked to the Protect Our Elections PayPal account.

Follow the money.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

After over a decade of brass knuckles reputation management via lawfare and flailing around with dozens of websites, Brett Kimberlin can add these unpopular Internet domains to his list of failures.These are the lowest rated sites on the offshore server hosting most of Kimberlin’s web presence.

There’s probably not enough traffic on jtmp dot org and protectourelections dot org to justify their upkeep. It’s been suggested that not-for-profits with loose accounting can be used to launder offshore funds via donations. Perhaps an audit …

Actually, opcritical dot com doesn’t even have an active website.

And Brett Kimberlin is still the Speedway Bomber.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

Given the recent buzz about the Russia Collusion Hoax caused by the Durham Report, this is a good time to remind the Gentle Readers of Brett Kimberlin’s attempts to have a piece of that action.

In 2016, Kimberlin testified under oath that he was working with the Department of Justice to protect the election from Russian hacking. However, there is evidence that Kimberlin was tied to efforts by Ukrainian interests associated with the Democrats and the Poroshenko regime to affect the election.

In 2017, Kimberlin was involved in an attempt to use forged documents to attack the Trump Administration.

In 2018, Kimberlin was still running his now-defunct Russia Dossier website.

One of his corporate entities is called Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc. EMPR stands for Euromaidan PR, an English-language Ukrainian news site, and the (at)EuromaindPR Twitter account describes itself as “Official Twitter of International PR Secretariat for HQ of National Resistance 2014.” Given that and Kimberlin’s activities since 2016, one might wonder whose elections Kimberlin wishes to protect.

BTW, empr dot media domain hosted on the same offshore server as most of the Kimberlin-related sites is now redirecting to ukraineforntlines cot com which is hosted in the U. S., and the EuromaidanPR twitter account is calling itself Ukraine Front Lines.


Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

Whenever I’ve looked at the IRS Form 990s filed by Brett Kimberlin for his not-for-profits, several … um … questionable entries seem to pop out. The TKPOTD for ten years ago today took note of one of Kimberlin’s efforts to shield the entity previously known as Velvet Revolution US from financial scrutiny

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The IRS has admitted that they have subjected right wing organizations seeking tax exempt status to additional scrutiny. Inappropriately. That’s not to say that it would be always inappropriate to examine a 501(c)4 organization’s compliance with the tax code.

For example, when the records of Velvet Revolution US were sought as a part a civil suit, Brett Kimberlin responded by invoking his Fifth Amendment privilege against self incrimination.

I can only see a couple of explanations for such a claim. One is that the claim was a pure BS attempt to dodge discovery. The other is that there was incriminating evidence in those records.

If the IRS wants to audit a tax exempt organization, I have a nominee for them.

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Velvet Revolution US was renamed Protect Our Election/EMPR Inc. in 2017. Its 505(c)(4) status was revoked by the IRS for failure to file required paperwork. Its website falsely claims that it has both 501(c)(3) and 501(c)4), but I doubt it will ever attract the attention of any of the 87,000 new IRS employees.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

Brett Kimberlin has operated two not for profit entities. One is a 501(c)3 called Justice Through Music Project. The other is currently named Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc. It was originally known as Velvet Revolution US. The velvetrevolution dot us website was not bing maintained for several years, but it is active again and is having new content lifted from other sites posted every few days.It’s not hosted on the same server in Holland as most other Kimberlin-related sites. Its server is in the UK.

Of course, it features an ABOUT page with a DONATE button and a false claim about the entity’s tax expert status.The IRS revoked the entity’s 501(c)4 status in 2019.

Brett Kimberlin is a convicted perjurer. It’s not surprising that he would tell lies.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

The TKPOTD for six years ago today dealt with the 2015 IRS Form 990 for Velvet Revolution US.

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I’ve had several readers ask me when I’ll be publishing the 2015 Form 990 for VelvetRevolution.US. The answer is probably never. VRUS’s income has been so low for so long that it probably now e-files a Form 990-N. The last paper 990 showed that the not-for-profit had assets of $8.

Given the piddling level of web traffic to the VRUS website, one wonders if its DONATE button generates enough cash flow to make the site worth keeping.

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It turns out that I was wrong. VRUS did file a 990 for 2015 which the IRS eventually posted at irs dot gov. It showed VRUS had net negative assets of ($4.492). The sole transaction reported was a $4,500 loan from Brett Kimberlin.

(Kimberlin has claimed in court filings that his only income is the $19,500/year he pays himself from Justice Through Music Project and rather minimal Social Security retirement income. He was not old enough to be receiving Social Security in 2015. It seems odd that he would have nearly four months take home pay available to lend.)

Since 2015, the entity formerly known as VRUS (now Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc) has not filed any Form 990s, and the IRS has revoked it’s 501(c)(4) tax exemption. I have not found any evidence that the entity has filed any state or federal tax returns on income received since 2015, and it falsely claims to have both 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) status on it’s website’s Donation page.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

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.

Caveat donator.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

One of the ways Brett Kimberlin has tried to stir interest in his not-for-profits is by making bogus offers of rewards.For example, Velvet Revolution US (which later morphed into Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc) offered $100,000 for information related to election fraud when it had a negative net worth and no cash on hand, and Kimberlin used the Breitbart Unmasked website to promote the fake offer. This was posted six years ago today at BU.

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That post is still up.

BTW, Kimberlin didn’t offer such a reward in 2020.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

In October, 2016, Brett Kimberlin testified under oath that he and his group of hackers were working with the Department of Justice on election security. On 7 November, 2016, a post by Bill Schmalfeldt at Kimberlin’s Breitbart Unmasked website made the following prediction—

Punditry is a dangerous business. But at the moment, we feel our scenario of Secretary Clinton winning 317-221 makes the most sense.

Clearly, The Deadbeat Protector Kimberlin and his minions blew it in 2016.

BTW, while the Protect Our Elections website has been up and running with a working DONATE button, it hasn’t said a word about what Kimberlin is actually doing this year.


Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

During the 2014 elections, non-citizens were caught voting in Frederick County, Maryland, a county adjacent to Montgomery County where Brett Kimberlin lives and his not-for-profits are based. The TKPOTD for eight years ago today dealt with Kimberlin’s inattention to that election integrity issue.

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VRUS_RoveIt’s been a week since the evidence of non-citizens voting in Frederick County, Maryland, surfaced. Justice Through Music Project, Velvet Revolutions US, Protect Our Elections all claim to be working for election integrity. So what have we heard from them about the possibility of bogus voters on the rolls?


VRUS and POE are continuing to flack a story about suing the FEC in order to save it from Karl Rove. However, they are unclear whether or not his having to face the music is a threat to be serenaded by OP-Critical, the JTMP house band fronted by the Dread Performer Kimberlin.

* * * * * was one of the plaintiffs in Public Citizen, et al. v. Federal Election Commission, 14-CV-00148 (DDC). The case was filed in 2014 seeking to force the Federal Election Commission to reinstate a complaint against Crossroads GPS (Karl Rove’s Super PAC). The case ended in 2021 with summary judgment granted for the defendants. (Crossroads GPS had been added as an intervenor-defendant.) Kimberlin lost, keeping his 0.000 batting average intact.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

Brett Kimberlin is a liar. Here’s a lie he has posted on the ABOUT page of his protectourelections dot org.According to the IRS website, a not-for-profit entity may be exempt from having to pay federal income tax under any one of the following sections of the Internal Revenue Code:Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc was exempted under 501(c)(4) under its original name Velvet Revolution US. However, as of yesterday evening, the IRS website showed that status had been revoked.

Protect Our Elections is not listed in IRS Publication 78 as an entity eligible to receiver tax-deductible contributions. Thus, it isn’t a 501(c)(3) organization either.

BTW, one of the allegations that The Dread Deadbeat Pro-Se Kimberlin made against me in several LOLsuits was that I was using this website to fraudulently raise money.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

Brett Kimberlin’s not-for-profit Protect Our Election/EMPR Inc. has recently begun posting new material on its website, but most of pages are still very stale. Consider the Take Action page. This what it looked like yesterday evening—There have been [checks notes] several elections since 2011 and several other hot button issues beside the Supreme Court’s Citizens United case, but apparently none have been of sufficient interest to The Deadbeat Protector Kimberlin to be worth the effort of updating this page.

Or maybe he’s been too busy with the EMPR media Ukrainian news website.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

One of Brett Kimberlin’s associates who probably hasn’t had enough scrutiny is Brad Friedman. He was the subject of the TKPOTD for eight years ago today.

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The two officer/key employees listed on the Justice Through Music Project IRS Form 990 are Jeffrey Cohen and Brett Kimberlin. Although he cofounded Velvet Revolution US with Brad Friedman, The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin is not listed on that organization’s 990. Cohen and Friedman are, but not Kimberlin.

Who is Brad Friedman?

Friedman’s Wikipedia entry begins with this warning: This article may contain improper references to self-published sources. Friedman does have a documented history (Exhibits O and P) of shading the truth.

He’s a blogger. His blog is called BradBlog, and it’s a fairly minor league site with traffic roughly comparable to Hogewash! (but still much greater than the JTMP and VRUS sites combined). He has a one-hour-per-week radio show (The Bradcast) on KPFK, a station that routinely ties for dead last in the ratings in the LA market. He hosts a “nationally syndicated” (on five stations!) program called Green News Report. He’s Brett Kimberlin’s partner in VRUS.

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VRUS failed to file any IRS Form 990s after the 2015 tax year, and the IRS has revoked its 501(c)(4) tax exempt status. Cohen and Friedman were listed on that final 990. However, there is no indication that either Cohen or Friedman are still associated with the organization. Indeed, Friedman appears to have made some effort at scrubbing references to his connection with Kimberlin.

In 2017, Kimberlin changed the corporate name of Velvet Revolution US to Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

One of Brett Kimberlin’s corporate entities is called Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc. It’s 501(c)(4) not-for-profit status was revoked by the IRS several years ago. Protect Our Elections, which is also registered as a trade name of Kimberlin’s Justice Through Music Project entity, has been involved in election-related activities, the exact nature of which are a bit unclear. Kimberlin has claimed under oath that he and his operation were involved with election security work with the Department of Justice during the 2016 election.

EMPR appears to stand of EuroMaidan PR, an English-language Ukrainian propaganda website. While the Mueller investigation was ongoing, Kimberlin ran a website promoting the Russian Dossier Hoax. Like so many of his web domains, it’s now long gone.

Protect Our Elections?

Our who?

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

I noted a few weeks ago that Brett Kimberlin has retooled and reanimated a couple of this websites, jtmp dot org and protecourelections dot org. The DONATE and HOME pages appear to be actively maintained, but the bulk of the sites are well out of date. Consider the LEGISLATION page at the POE site.None of the bills discussed on the page are more recent than 2016. Several of the bills were sponsored by Keith Ellison, who is no longer a congresscritter. Another House bill was sponsored by Chris Van Hollen, who is no longer represents the district where Kimberlin lives. Van Hollen is now a senator.


Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

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 …