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.
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of Brett Kimberlin’s corporate entities is called Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc. It’s 501(c)(4) not-for-profit status was revoked by the IRS several years ago.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.
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.
The past couple of TKPOTDs have dealt with the reboots of a couple of Kmberlin-related websites, jtmp dot org and protectourelections dot org. The past four or five years have seen Brett Kimberlin’s web presence contract significantly. It seems he’s trying to gin up some positive publicity as he goes through the process of filing a petition for a writ of certiorari with the Supreme Court on the denial of his attempt to have some of his Speedway Bombing convictions set aside.
I usually use DuckDuckGo for web searches, but last night I was on a machine that was set up with the Brave browser. DuckDuckGo (and Google) respond to searches for justice through music project and protectorelections with jtmp dot org and protectourelections dot org as the first hits. Brave responded with these—Neither site makes it into the first five hits. Neither site has significant traffic, but still …
Yesterday, I reported that the jtmp dot org website is back in operation and being kept more or less up to date. The same is true of the protectourelections dot org site.
Of course, the most important page supporting the grift is the DONATE page. It provides a link via Authorize dot Net to an EMPR account.Several years ago, Brett Kimberlin changed the corporate name of Velvet Revolution US to Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc. One of the websites that entity operates is empr dot media, an English-language Ukrainian news/propaganda site. At best, POE donations going to EMPR would indicate that funds for “protecting” American election integrity are being commingled with funds supporting Ukrainian propaganda.
At worst … well, consider this information found at the top of the site’s ABOUT page—The second sentence is not true. Protect Our Elections has never been considered an 501(c)(3) entity by the IRS. At one time, it was registered under 501(c)(4), but that classification was revoked by the IRS.
I can understand why someone might believe something less than honest is a foot in an operation run by a convicted perjurer.
After several years of neglect, Justice Through Music Project is begun actively using the jtmp dot org website again.
If you look closely, you can see that one of the Top Tags is free speech. However, there don’t seem to be any posts about Brett Kimberlin’s use of lawfare to try to suppress the free speech and free press rights of those of us who have written about him.
The most important feature of the site is back up. The DONATE page is alive again, but the Authorize dot Net button takes you to an account for EMPR, and the PayPal button takes you to an account for Protect Our Elections. JTMP is a 501(c)(3) entity to which donations are tax deductible. Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc is a separate entity which has had its 504(c)(4) status revoked by the IRS.
The State Department’s Rewards for Justice program is offering a reward of up to $10 million for information on foreign interference in U.S. elections.
The reward offer seeks information leading to the identification or location of any foreign person or entity who knowingly engaged or is engaging in foreign election interference. The reward offer also seeks information leading to the prevention, frustration, or favorable resolution of an act of foreign election interference, including by dismantling, in whole or significant part, an organization engaged in such activity.
Will Brett Kimberlin and Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc be able to cash in?
Even though Brett Kimberlin changed the corporate name of Velvet Revolution US to Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc., he’s kept the velvetrevolution dot us domain register active and a not-well-maintained website alive.Here’s an example of a post that passes for “latest news.”Now if I were someone who bragged about being involved in the effort to “secure” the 2016 election and had connections to … well, let’s just say given the way the Russia Collusion Hoax investigation is going, I probably wouldn’t hav a post like that up on my website.
OTOH, that post has been up for over five years, and it still has no comments, so maybe keeping it up isn’t all that risky.
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.
Back in 2017, Brett Kimberlin changed the name of his VelvetRevolution.US not-for-profit to Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc. While the protectourelections dot org website has been quiet for a couple of years, the empr dot media website was active until recently. It hasn’t had any news to report from Ukraine since the 20th.However, the EuroMaidanPR Twitter account has remained active.
The TKPOTD for the 20th was about a post at the empr dot media site by Alexandra Chalupa. That website appears to be operated by Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc., an entity run by Brett Kimberlin which has had its 501(c)4 status revoked by the IRS. Ms. Chalupa was involved with Ukrainian-related aspects of the Russia Collusion Hoax. Her post at the EMPR website, which had be recycled from her Substack page, contained the patently false claim that “Putin planted and managed in the White House for four years – Donald J. Trump.”
Her post has received no comments on Substack, but it has snagged one at EMPR.
EMPR’s coverage of Trump was never friendly or even neutral. I wonder if they think Biden is really better for Ukraine.
Once in a while, the Kimberlin EMPR Media website gets a sharp bump in traffic when I take a look at it. Last night, I read a recent post in the “Analytics” section a claim that “Putin planted and managed in the White House for four years – Donald J. Trump.” The post was written by Alexandra Chalupa who also posted it at Substack on 8 December, well after the recent indictments of Michael Sussmann and Igor Danchenko, but Ms. Chalupa is still trying to peddle the lies behind the Russia Collusion Hoax. In 2016, she was involved in Democrat activities related to the Russia/Ukraine/Trump spin campaign. She was later involved at least tangentially in Michale Avenatti’s abortive presidential campaign feelers.
On her Substack page she describes herself as “[b]lamed by the Kremlin and GOP for the Russia probe; falsely accused of working with Ukraine to “sabotage” Trump while Trump worked with Putin to sabotage the U.S.”
The TKPOTD for this date last year was about an article posted back in 2017 at protectourelections dot org. Here’s a screenshot of the article.Although a large number of posts have been taken down from the website, this one is still up. I suppose this could either mean that The Dread Deadbeat Protector Kimberlin is seriously concerned about election hacking by foreigners (Dominion Voting Systems is a Canadian company).
As summer slipped into autumn in 2016, the buzz around Washington was about the Russia Collusion Hoax being stirred up by the Clinton Campaign and “Tech Executive-1.” As part of his attempts to appear to be a real player (as opposed to a disposable hack), Brett Kimberlin offered the following testimony under oath in October, 2016, during a Maryland civil trial.Gentle Reader, I find it hard to believe that “Tech Executive-1” was relying on The Deadbeat Protector Kimberlin or his “specialists in cyber hacking.” It may be that they had some small part of the Russia Collusion Hoax, but was Brett a significant player?
I spent some time yesterday evening nosing around in the older posts at the Kimberlin-related English-language Ukrainian news site empr dot media.* When I did a search on the term “Vindman,” I got a null response.
That seemed odd. Alexander Vindman was a born and Ukraine and was a key individual in one of the biggest international news stories of 2020, a story that involved the Presidents of both the U.S. and Ukraine. You’d think his name would have come up in the site’s coverage of the story. Vindman’s name is missing because any mention of the second Trump impeachment is missing.
I also couldn’t find any mention of Hunter Biden.
But there are several puff pieces about Joe Biden, including a post promoting a song called Dancing Hearts which celebrates the election of Joe Biden and Kamal Harris. The singer is Kelsie Kimberlin.
* The Dread Deadbeat Protector/Publisher Kimberlin change the legal name of his Velvet Revolution US not-for-profit to Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc. in 2017. The IRS has since revoked the organization’s tax empt status, and it is no longer in good standing with the State of Maryland.
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.
Although The Dread Deadbeat Performer Kimberlin was never able to use his Justice Through Music Project not-for-profit to launch a music career for himself, he continues to use his Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc. propaganda website empr dot media in his role as The Dread Deadbeat Promoter Kimberlin. He’s published several puff pieces about music videos by “Ukrainian – American singer Kelsie Kimberlin.”
Here are a couple of snippets from a recent post, Lviv Opera hosted Masterpiece (no, I won’t link to it):
To stress the urgency & importance of acting on our planet’s behalf immediately, Kelsie Kimberlin’s brand-new video supporting “Masterpiece” shows the beauty of our world in full bloom through the spectacular scenery available on location where it was filmed outside in the splendor of Kyiv, Ukraine, and within the artistic walls of its legendary Opera House in Lviv.
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By reminding us all from sight to sound that the true wonders of the world are right there in front of us for all to enjoy, Kelsie has insightfully detailed a thought-provoking experience designed to stimulate discussion, awareness, and create the inspiration required for one & all to genuinely embrace and be proud of their responsibility to protect planet Earth. With wildly cinematic visuals and a full storyline video that has Kimberlin dreaming out loud & sounding as fantastic as ever through her brilliantly crafted lyricism, classic vibes, and remarkably passionate voice – “Masterpiece” is every bit as much of a work of art in what listeners will hear, as what viewers will see.
Both of those paragraphs are lifted from the EINPresswire.com promotional release put out by ActUpPublishing. Yesterday afternoon, the State of Maryland’s business entity search website showed this—At the end of an earlier post about the use of empr dot media to promote Miss Kimberlin career, I wrote the following:
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.
While scrolling through the empr dot media home page, I found this in the Discover Ukraine with EMPR section—A bit more poking around on the Internet turned up this information about the recording—
Produced and arranged by Vasyl Tkach/Brett Kimberlin
Mixed by Michael Brauer
Mastered by Joe LaPorta at Sterling Sound
Studio Engineers Steve Sachse, Oleksandr Sadovets
Piano Serge (Sergiy) Krutsenko
Electric Guitar Vitaly Rustamov
Organ Brian Simms
Acoustic Guitar Brett Kimberlin
Production Director Andrii Samerkhanov
We can put one more mark in Brett Kimberlin’s loss column.
One of the LOLsuits to which Brett Kimberlin was tangentially connected via his Protect Our Elections operation was the Public Citizen v. FEC case. Six years ago, Hogewash! ran a post about Public Citizen, et al. v. Federal Election Commission, et al. which showed how Kimberlin was tied to the suit. On 17 March, 2021, summary judgment was granted in favor of the defendants. The 2015 post is below, followed by the recent summary judgment order.
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There’s been some questions about that FEC case The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin keeps referring to in some of his court filings. Here’s the caption of the original complaint:The case number is 14-CV-148. The suit alleges that the Federal Election Commission didn’t properly investigate spending by Karl Rove’s organization Crossroad GPS.Brett Kimberlin’s connections to the case are vial ProtectOurElections dot org (which is one of the Justice Through Music Project/VelvetRevolution.US fundraising websites) and Kevin Zeese (who TDPK has described as legal counsel to his organizations).Currently, there is a pending motion for summary judgment filed by Crossroads GPS which has joined the case as an intervenor/defendant. That motion was fully briefed as of 7 April.
Kimberlin’s empr dot media website continues to muddle along, but almost all of the news stories seem to relate to the quasi-war between Ukraine and Russia and COVID in Ukraine. Both are reasonable stories to be tracking, but … well, I’ll need to do a bit more research before I say more.
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.
One off the indicators that The Dread Deadbeat Protector Kimberlin has outlived his usefulness as a political operative/activist is the disconnect from the stuff that remains posted on his advocacy websites and The Narrative. For example, although a great deal of material has been purged from the protectourelections dot org website, this page is still up—