Yesterday’s TKPOTD took note of the IRS revocation of the 501(c)(4) tax exemption for Brett Kimberlin’s Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc. and that entity so longer being in good standing as a Maryland corporation. The TKPOTD from seven years ago today also dealt with a corporation that was dissolved for failure to keep up with its paperwork.
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globalpharma dot biz is a site for a company that seems to have its physical presence in Arizona. It offers various prescription drugs for sale over the Internet without requiring a prescription. All are schedule IV drugs commonly used for recreational purposes. The site was originally owned by an LLC registered in Delaware. The identity of the registrant is now protected. The current status of the Delaware entity is shown below.
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Hoe meer het verandert, hoe meer het hetzelfde is.
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.
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.
BTW, Protect Our Elections is still a registered trade name belonging to Justice Though Music Project. Kimberlin renewed the registration on 20 January, 2020.
Meanwhile, the @itstime_2020 Twitter account for the current attempt at influencing an election still had no followers as of 10:30 pm ET Saturday.
Still no followers for the @ItsTime_2020 Twitter account as of 11:15 pm ET Saturday.
When I checked just before midnight ET Friday night, @ItsTime_2020 still didn’t have any followers.
Meanwihile, the global website ranking for itstime2020 dot org was 14,881,717 late Friday evening, which is just as well give that the site is packed full of false narratives and downright lies.
There’s been a bit of growth in Brett Kimberlin’s online footprint. The server in Holland that has been hosting his offshore sites supports five domains. Here they are—
beitbartunmasked dot com
empr dot media
greencasamaryland dot org
kelsiekimberlin dot com
itstime2020 dot org
The DONATE button works at itstime2020 dot org, and the DONATE button at protectourelections dot org now links to the itstime2020 donation account.
Oh, and there’s a Twitter account too!Note that the Twitter account is at least a month-and-a-half old and that, as of 9pm ET yesterday, it still had no followers.
It kinda looks like yet another attempt by Brett Kimberlin to be a player is failing.
In 2012, the Kimberlin-related web domains were being hosted on an offshore server. Since then, they’ve been moved around to various onshore and offshore hosts, and some of the moves seem to have been triggered by reporting on the sites’ activities here at Hogewash!. Not all of the moves have been well executed. The TKPOTD for seven years ago today was part of this blog’s coverage of a set of hasty changes made after I began reporting on a site called globalpharma dot biz.
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It’s been a couple of days since normal access to the Kimberlin-related website hosted in the U. S. went down. It’s been possible to access the sites part of the time using anonymous browsers, but that has often been flaky.
I suppose that when the cleanup is complete, we will at least see the sites with Donation buttons reappear.
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At one time, there were almost two dozen Kimberlin-related websites running at the same time. Now, there are only a few unmaintained zombie sites such as breitbartunmasked dot com and jtmp dot org. greencasamaryland had a minor bit of maintenance when it was moved offshore some months ago. protectourelections dot org hasn’t had any new content since February. More telling, the donate page is gone from jtmp dot org, and the donate page is empty at protectourelections dot org. In fact, the only Kimberlin-related site with functioning donation mechanisms is empr dot media, an English-language Ukrainian news site which appears to have ties to activists who were involved in the alleged Ukrainian attempt at interfering in the 2016 Election. BTW, the not-for-profit legal entity formerly know as Velvet Revolution US was renamed Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc. in 2017 and had it’s 501(c)(4) tax-exemption revoked by the IRS is in 2019.
Oh, and there’s more IRS-related news coming. Tune in tomorrow.
Last week, this site had a post about a music video which employed Brett Kimberlin as one of its producers and as rhythm guitar player. It turns out that Hogewash! in not the only website to take notice. This was published at empr dot media on 3 June.The Gentle Reader may remember that Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc. is The
Dread Deadbeat Performer/Protector Kimberlin’s organization which was formerly known as Velvet Revolution US. The IRS has revoked its 501(c)(4) not-for-profit status.
Note: In the past, I have avoided referring to Miss Kimberlin by name when she was a part the narrative in a post because she was a minor child. However, she is now 21 and promoting herself as a performer. I now feel free to write about her to the extent that she makes herself a public person. She has had a rough start in life as a child. I wish her well and hope that she finds a happy, rewarding, and productive future as an adult.
The DONATE pages are gone from the Justice Through Music Project and Green Casa Maryland websites, and attempting to access the DONATE page at the Protect Our Elections site yields this—
Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.
A couple of posts from three years ago today are at one end of an interesting thread that runs to the present. One post was titled DMCA LULZ Du Jour and the other was the TKPOTD for that date. Here’s the first post.
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I received this email from WordPress yesterday afternoon—
IIRC, all of the images that the Cabin Boy™ bitches about in his DMCA notice were published on Twitter. That gives other Twitter users a royalty-free license to republish them. Now, I don’t know whether all of the commenters involved have Twitter accounts, but even use by someone who isn’t a Twitter user or use of an image not published on Twitter would probably be covered by Fair Use as noted in Twitter’s email.
BTW, it was a righteous DMCA notice concerning an image that the Cabin Boy™ foolishly used that forced
Breitbart Unmasked Bunny Billy Boy Unread to flee to an off-shore server.
Failing failures gotta fail.
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That day’s TKPOTD was also about that off-shore server.
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Here’s some fun factoids about the Interwebz—That’s the complete list of the web domains using xeonhosting dot net for a nameserver as of 21:30 UTC yesterday. I’ll leave it to the Gentle Reader to note anything else these domains might have in common.
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Here are the domains hosted on that off-shore server now—
breitbartunmasked dot com
empr dot media
greencasamaryland dot org
Once again, I’ll leave it to the Gentle Reader to note anything else these domains might have in common.
I stumbled upon a link to a music video posted on YouTube last week that had the following information included in the credits—
I’ll make a couple of comments.
First, this explains what The
Dread Deadbeat Protector Kimberlin has been doing instead of focusing on his Protect Our Elections/EMRP Inc. not-for-profit.
Second, I once remarked that while I would normally advise someone with The
Dread Deadbeat Performer musical talent not to give up his day job, I was willing to make an exception in Kimberlin’s case. I’ll stand by that exception for Kimberlin.
Brett Kimberlin’s only real footprint on the Internet is on sites such as Hogewash! which tell the truth about him. None of his attempts at generating a web presence of his own have been successful. The TKPOTD for five years ago today took a look at the comments, or rather the lack of comments, he had been able to generate at the velvetrevolution dot us website. (That not-for-profit is now called Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc.)
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Every once in a while, I take a look at the various Kimberlin websites to see what, if any, influence he may be having. I noticed this at the Velvet Revolution US site.No one has made any comments to the featured posts. Indeed, scrolling down the front page, I found that none of the posts had any comments.
It seems that the Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin is having about as much success in the marketplace of ideas as he is in the courts of law.
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You’d think that with the current controversy over vote-by-mail there would be some activity over at the protectourelections dot org website, but nothing new has been posted for almost three months.
Not all of The
Dread Deadbeat Pro-Se Kimberlin’s LOLsuits have been attempts to shut up his critics. Brett Kimberlin seems desperately to want to be a significant player at something. Having failed as a dope dealer and as a musician, he’s tired to find some significance as an activist, and the LOLsuit he filed against Mitch McConnell and Chuck Grassley four years ago was one of his more remarkable failures at activism. This I’m Not Making This Up, You Know post ran five four years ago today.
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Brett Kimberlin is suing Senators McConnell and Grassley because … oh, you have to read this to believe it—
And for bonus LULZ, the case has been assigned to Judge Hazel.
UPDATE—Note that Kimberlin is using the same address in this lawsuit that he has always used but where he could not be served with a summons in Hoge v. Kimberlin, et al.
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The court dismissed the case sua sponte without the defendants ever being served, and the Fourth Circuit rejected Kimberlin’s appeal.
BTW, paragraph 1 in that complaint contains a staggering admission against interest, not in that case, but in several other cases still in progress at the time. “Plaintiff’s work includes seeking redress in federal court court for violations of his civil and statutory rights.”
His rights, not the rights of others. And he claimed that was part of his job at a not-for-profit.
However, when a job description, corporate minutes, or other documentation of that claim was sought as part of discovery in another case, Kimberlin refused to provide it.
An interesting rumor …EuroMaidan PR was unavailable for comment.
One of Brett Kimberlin’s recurring bug-a-boos was Team Themis, a commercial intelligence operation run by some companies also engaged in government work. Kimberlin alleged in his Kimberlin v. Hunton & Williams LLP, et al. RICO 2: Electric Boogaloo LOLsuit that Team Themis had be conducting a defamatory dirty operation against him on behalf of the Ul. S. Chamber of Commerce—and that my blogging here at Hogewash! was somehow connected with that operation.
Kimberlin has been griping about Team Themis for years. In fact, when I searched Breitbart Unmasked for references to Team Themis, I found one posted on 20 March, 2012, when the site was only one month old.
The former blogger, Seth L. Allen, then set out on an internet smear campaign to destroy both Brad Friedman and his business partner Brett Kimberlin. I won’t go into detail about either of them in this post, suffice it to say though that there was a larger campaign against both parties started by The U.S. Chamber of Commerce which had been under attack by organizations involved with Mr. Kimberlin, and which ended up in the folding of the HBGary Security firm over planned social media destruction campaigns against both Brad Friedman and his business partner: which HBGary had been competing for in the security sector with Palantir Security and a number of other firms that called themselves Team Themis.
One of the ways that I have thumbed my nose at Kimberlin through the years has been with occasional posts about a NASA mission called THEMIS. Such a post six years ago today resulted in some odd comments to which I responded this way—
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THEMIS (Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions during Substorms) is a mission to investigate what causes auroras in the Earth’s atmosphere. The program is run by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center and not by the agency just up the road that forgot to buy both vowels.
I have never had any connection to the program.
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BTW, There are indications that the partnership between Brad Friedman and Brett Kimberlin has been dissolved. They were the co-incorporators of Velvet Revolution US, but since the corporate name was change to Protect Our Elections/EMPR in 2017, Friedman hasn’t appeared to have any connection to the organization. The last IRS filing I’ve found listing Friedman as a Director was for 2015.
Brett Kimberlin began his campaign of lawfare against bloggers in a vain attempt at brass knuckles reputation management. In the process, he lost control of his online reputation. A few years ago, he had over a dozen active websites promoting his various … um … causes, many with active Donate buttons. Yesterday evening, I took a look at his remaining sites. His domain with the most traffic is breitbartunmasked dot com, a site that hasn’t had any new material for almost a year-and-a-halfe and which is clearly deteriorating from lack of maintenance.Here are the world popularity rankings for The
Dread Deadbeat Publisher Kimberlin’s web domains—
brietbartunmasked dot com 2,867,675
protectourelections dot org 8,369,125
greencasamaryland dot org 10,082,735
empr dot media 10,818,661
jtmp dot org 11,183,078
All his web presence is receding as I have foreseen.
Brett Kimberlin started his campaign of lawfare against bloggers and certain news organizations because we were writing truthful things about him, and he wanted to shut up down. His efforts backfired in one on the most extreme examples of the Streisand Effect, resulting in even more people paying attention to him and his activities. This post about Brett Kimberlin and Fake News ran three years ago today.
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BuzzFeed has a story up about about some forged documents that appear to be a part of a hoax created to cause problems for the Trump administration. BuzzFeed reports that a guy called Yoni Ariel is involved in the scheme. So is Brett Kimberlin.
Ariel recalled that he contacted Kimberlin, who then arranged for him to travel to Washington. Ariel had been sounding alarm bells about Russia’s meddling in the presidential campaign so, he said, Kimberlin wanted him to meet people on Capitol Hill. Kimberlin covered the cost of the trip, according to Ariel.
Ariel had not yet seen the documents at that time, but what he did know about them seemed like exactly the sort of thing Kimberlin was interested in digging up. When told about them, Kimberlin quickly agreed to finance Ariel’s efforts to acquire them, according to Ariel and two people with knowledge of the arrangement.
Kimberlin ultimately covered the costs for Ariel to travel to Rome three times, Ariel said. On the first trip, just before Christmas, Pasetti showed him portions of the documents; on the second trip, a price was negotiated; and on the last one Ariel actually purchased the documents. The $9,000 payment was also covered by Kimberlin, according to Ariel and the two people familiar with the arrangement.
Reached Sunday evening at his home in Maryland, Kimberlin declined to discuss the documents or his relationship with Ariel.
Read the whole thing.
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Now, who exactly was colluding with whom to do what?
The TKPOTD for two years ago today took a look at what was happening with Brett Kimberlin’s Protect Our Elections operation.
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It looks as if The
Dread Deadbeat Publisher Kimberlin has actually begun to try house cleaning some of his web domains to raise some donations. Recently, there’s been a bit of activity on his protectourelections dot org site.Protect Our Elections is a sort of subsidiary to Velvet Revolution.US which is allegedly concerned with election integrity. I has lots of stuff about real and imagined activities by Russians and Republicans, but nothing about Democrat shenanigans.
You’d think that a progressive-oriented organization would at least take note of how the DNC and Hillary Clinton steamrolled Bernie Sanders. OTOH, Kimberlin seems to have connections to folks like Cody Shearer and Harriet Crosby who are or have been connected to the Clintons.
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A couple of years ago, The
Dread Deadbeat Protector Kimberlin was still part of peddling the Russia Collusion Hoax. However, he’d already been caught (in 2017) with his hands in an effort to acquire forged financial documents aimed at causing problems for the Trump administration, and it’s recently become more widely known that the old Velvet Revolution US is now renamed Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc.—EMPR being EuroMaidanPR, an English-language Ukrainian propaganda operation.
Given the evidence that the former Ukrainian government probably attempted to interfere with the 2016 election, Kimberlin’s association with the Alexandra Chalupa (a likely Ukrainian/DNC operative), and POE’s ties to EMPR, it may be that Protect Our Elections is no longer a viable entity. The IRS has revoked its 501(c)(4) status. It will be interesting to see what happens next.
Sometimes following the money doesn’t work because the money isn’t going anywhere. Clicking the PayPal link at protectourelections dot org yields this—Hmmmm.
Brett Kimberlin has a long history of making inflated claims about the effectiveness and reach of his not-for-profits Consider the howler detailed seven years ago today in a post titled Dread Pirate #BrettKimberlin’s Extended Crew.
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During the damages hearing for the Kimberlin v. Allen lawsuit back in November, 2011, TDPK said the following under oath concerning one of his “charities”:
The other organization is called Velvet Revolution. And Velvet Revolution is a, it’s an organization that has over 150 organizations affiliated with it nationwide, with a membership base of over, over a million people …
That’s one heckuva following. Gentle Reader, do you think it’s real?
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In 2017, Kimberlin changed the corporate name of Velvet Revolution US to Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc. While the empr dot media Ukrainian news website still appears to be a going concern, the protectourelections dot org website has only rarely been updated over the past year. The PayPal donation link goes to dead account, and has been like that for a while.
While VRUS may have tried to “affiliate” with 150 or so other groups, few, if any, of the connections were two-way. If Kimberlin were able to exploit “over a million people” as potential donors, the POE website’s PayPal link would be too valuable to allow it to be out of service.
It’s almost as if Kimberlin was lying.
Dread Deadbeat Protector Kimberlin has gotten around to something “new” at ptotectourelections dot org. It’s a repost ripoff of an article from Politico that tries to tie some buggy election software used in North Carolina during the 2016 election with Russian hackers.
The Gentle Reader may remember that The
Dread Deadbeat Pro-Se/Protector Kimberlin testified under oath in October, 2016, that he and his band of top-notch hackers were working with the DoJ to secure the 2016 elections. He mentioned hacking by the Russians.
If the Politico story is correct, it shows an example of TDPK’s failure to fully protect our election that year. OTOH, Hillary Clinton managed to get 78.9% of the vote in Durham County, so maybe TDPK doesn’t care.
Oh, look! TDPK has added a PayPal donate button to the site, but it turns out that it’s another example of his lack of attention to detail—it’s connected to a PayPal account that’s been closed. The NationBuilder link still takes you to a page that falsely claims that POE has 502(c)(3) tax exempt status. The organization used to have 501(c)(4) status, but that was revoked by the IRS several months ago.
Today is Festivus. Perhaps Brett Kimberlin will have a good time during the Airing of Grievances and be able to shift some blame to others for his failure to adequately protect our elections from foreign interference.
One of the claims that The
Dread Deadbeat Pro-Se Kimberlin made in his LOLsuits was that people who blogged about him did so in order to increase traffic on their blogs and to attract donations. Well, I write about what I think is important and about less important things that interest me. Although I operate this blog with the intention of turning a profit, some years it loses money.
OTOH, it’s pretty clear that TDPK’s online business model is about raising money. Almost all of the Kimberlin-related websites have some sort of DONATE button or link. This TKPOTD first ran five years ago today. I’ve rerun it before, and it bears rerunning again.
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I admire Bono, and not just because he’s a good musician. I also respect the social activism that is grounded in his Christian faith.
The Dread Performer Kimberlin has taken to bad mouthing Bono over at the jtmp dot org website. (I read it so you don’t have to—even though my doing so probably doubles their legitimate web traffic.) You see, Bono wants to help feed the hungry in Africa, and he’s willing to partner with companies such as Monsanto in the process. Monsanto, of course, must be evil because they are a purveyor of GMO seeds. Bono, Brett would have us believe, is “selling out.”
Brett Kimberlin and his organizations oppose “Frankenfoods.” They would prefer to have upwards of a half-million children die each year from vitamin A deficiency rather than have golden rice available in poor countries. They would rather Africans starve than let them plant insect- or blight-resistance corn.
OTOH, poor Asian and African kids aren’t likely to hit a donate button on a JTMP or Velvet Revolution dot US webpage, whereas there may be a few anti-science moonbats who still donate.
Follow the money.
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Most of the Kimberlin-related sites are now gone and the only one’s with working donation mechanisms are the Protect Our Elections and EuroMaidan PR websites. (The Gentle Reader may remember that Kimberlin change the name of Velvet Revolution US to Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc. in 2017). It seems that TDPK hasn’t had any more success at online fundraising than he has with lawfare.
Is Justice Through Music Project still a priority for Brett Kimberlin? It’s been several months since I first encountered this warning when checking on the jtmp dot org website——and I got again while checkin on the site yesterday evening. This sort of warning doesn’t necessarily mean that a site has something nefarious planted on it. It can be triggered by the presence of old code that isn’t compatible with modern https everywhere browsers. The jtmp dot org site hasn’t been updated for almost a year, so the root problem may be lack of proper maintenance.
OTOH, it can’t be that The
Dread Deadbeat Protector Kimberlin has been busy protecting elections because protectourelections dot org has been updated since mid August. He must be up to something else.
This statement is found at the end of the description of Protect Our Elections on the ABOUT page at protectourelections dot org—
… our campaign will support the passage of existing legislation to stop purging, caging, disenfranchisement of felons and much more that is needed to ensure the self-governance envisioned by our Founders in the U.S. Constitution.
Really? Who among the Founding Fathers thought that felons should be allowed to vote? What sort of warped view of History ,,, oh, yeah ,,, that’s it …
Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc. is run by Brett Kimberlin, who pleaded guilty to drug smuggling charges and was convicted of a list of crimes associated with the Speedway Bombings. He was paroled, but his parole was revoked for lying on a mortgage application about his indebtedness to a bombing victim and for failure to make restitution to that victim. When he was paroled again in 2001, he managed to keep his nose clean, and he was released from supervision in 2006. His sentence expires in 2030.