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—
One of Brett Kimberlin’s online fund raising efforts has been to ask for support for his “election protection” activities. Meanwhile, his associate have been involved in fraudulent campaign activities. Two years ago today, Hogewash! was asking Is Matt Osborne Really a Russian Bot?
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Well, well, well, … Matt Osborne got his name in the papers, the New York Times, no less.
The Gentle Reader may have noticed a story running around the Internet recently about fake “Russian-style” Facebook campaigning that targeted an American election. That election was a recent Alabama senatorial election, and the victimized candidate was Roy Moore. One of the fake campaigns was called Dry Alabama, and it was run by Democrats.
The Dry Alabama Facebook page, which appeared to be run by teetotaler Baptists, had a blunt message: Alcohol is the devil’s work, and the state should ban it entirely. The related Twitter feed exhorted, “Pray for Roy Moore.” The actual purpose of the social media campaign was to paint Moore and his supporters as religious wackos.
Matt Osborne, a veteran progressive activist who worked on the project, said he hoped that such deceptive tactics would someday be banned from American politics. But in the meantime, he said, he believes that Republicans are using such trickery and that Democrats cannot unilaterally give it up.
“If you don’t do it, you’re fighting with one hand tied behind your back,” said Mr. Osborne, a writer and consultant who lives outside Florence, Ala. “You have a moral imperative to do this — to do whatever it takes.”
Osborne’s buddies at Protect Our Elections were unavailable for comment.
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Oh, and one of the things that Kimberlin consistently campaigned against was the use of electronic voting machine—until this election cycle.
Back in 2016, Brett Kimberlin testified under oath that he was working with the Department of Justice on protecting the November elections from foreign hackers. It appears that he was so confident that the election had been fully protected that he felt safe in filing his RICO 3 LOLsuit at the end of October. I became aware of the suit about a month after it had been filed—and after The Dread Deadbeat Protector Kimberlin and his colleagues had failed in their election protection scheme. This was the TKPOTD for four years ago today.
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Here’s the motion to seal that The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin filed in his LOLsuit against Breitbart, et al.
Brett Kimberlin tried running his election protection scams for over a decade, and was able to gin up support from interesting sources. This post, Velvet Revolution US: Bigger Than It Seems?, from eight years ago today deals with funding he received from the Threshold Foundation.
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The above extract from the 2008 annual report of the Threshold Foundation describes Velvet Revolution US as
… an online activist organization of 154 affiliate organizations and 18,984 members.
The 35 kilobucks in funding was supposed to be for an “Election Protection Strike Force.”
<mockery>One wonders if one of the “affiliate organizations” is a real estate enterprise offering to sell bridges to most of (say, 18,980) the “members.”</mockery>
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Of course, it is absolutely false to say that Velvet Revolution ever had more than a handful of members. I’m not sure how such claims are categorized in the not-for-profit world, but in engineering we would refer to them as a lies.
The Dread Deadbeat Protector Kimberlin is also The Dread Deadbeat Perjurer Kimberlin.
Brett Kimberlin appears to have consolidated the hosting for some of his web domains on a xeonhosting dot net server in The Netherlands. The pre-2019 versions of jtmp dot org and protectourelections dot org are up. For a few days the DONATE button on the Protect Our Elections site linked to a PayPal account, but it now dead end to a Donate page with no links.
I find it interesting that those two site seemed to have lost their later content. Both had had some material posted in 2019, the POE site was still trying to spin a Russian election hacking story earlier this year. FWIW, there’s noting posted after December, 2018, at breitbartunmasked dot com either. That was when Bill Schmalfeldt began his career move into the part-time radio announcer business..
Speaking of Breitbart UnmaskedBunny Billy Boy Unread, this Prevarication Du Jour from seven years ago today chronicles one of that site’s many lies.
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One of my codefendants in the Kimberlin v. The Universe, et al. RICO lawsuit is DB Capitol Strategies, a firm run by Dan Backer. Dan got on The Dread Pirate Kimberlin’s enemies list because he represented Aaron Walker in his suits against TDPK in 2012.
The picture and caption on the right are from the sidebar Breitbart Unmasked (No, I won’t link to it.). Like so much of the junk found at that site, it is utterly wrong. The only thing they got right about Dan is the spelling of his name. For example, he did not argue McCutcheon v. FEC at the Supreme Court. According to the Court’s transcript, Erin Murphy did.
Not only are the bozos who run that site liars, they’re not very good liars—as a 30 second Google search often demonstrates.
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Neither The Dread Deadbeat Pirate Publisher Kimberlin nor the Cabin Boy™ has had much success these past few years.
This is from an article at protectourelections dot org posted in 2017.I’ll zoom in on the copy to make it more easily read.Funny, but there haven’t been any comments from the Dread Deadbeat Protector Kimberlin about electronic voting machines during the 2020 election cycle.
They’re back, mostly. The websites for Justice Through Music Project (jtmp dot org) and Protect Our Elections (protectourelections dot org) are somewhat live again. They are hosted now on the same offshore server as velevetrevolution dot us (now also live), itstime2020 dot org, greencasamaryland dot org, breitbartunmasked dot com, empr dot media, and kelsiekimberlin dot com.
I say that the JTMP and POE sites are somewhat live because they haven’t been fully restored. Everything that had been posted after February, 2018, is missing from the JTMP site, and everything posted after August, 2018, has disappeared from POE. It’s interesting what Kimberlin has decided to throw away and what he’s decided to keep.
Even with the presidential election teetering between the candidates, nothing has appeared at the itstime2020 dot org website since late September. Meanwhile, the empr dot media attempt to spin up interest in a Ukrainian not-for-profit’s threat to sue Rudy Giuliani for defamation is falling flat.Not a single like or comment.
I can understand why one might conclude that Brett Kimberlin didn’t pretend to offer rewards like this one for this year’s elections because he heard from people he’d worked with during previous election cycles that the fix was in.
Of course, that may or may not be true, but it’s a reasonable hypothesis.
Brett Kimberlin’s not-for-profits raised millions of dollars in support. One of the things that they have allegedly been working on is election integrity. One might think that the current vote counting brouhaha would be the sort of thing that would get some sort of reaction out of organizations committed to protecting our elections. However, the total election integrity related traffic from all the websites and Twitter accounts is …
The only actively updated Kimberlin-related Internet accounts appear the empr dot media “news” site and its related Twitter account. It’s still trying to peddle the idea of significant Russian interference in the election because the Russians are afraid of Joe Biden.
I must confess I hit the Like button for this tweet because I enjoyed the laughing at it.
Well, I think at least one reason has become obvious as to why Kimberlin avoided posting anything like this in 2020.
Of course, The Dread Deadbeat Protector Kimberlin hasn’t been the only member of Team Kimberlin to offer a bogus reward. This post, Reward Claimed!, is from five years ago today.
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I hereby claim half the reward. The other half should go to Brett Kimberlin for outing me in his Kimberlin v. Team Themis, et al. RICO 2: Electric Boogaloo LOLsuit complaint.
I should get my share for verifying my address and phone number. They are are 20 Ridge Road, Westminster, Maryland 21157, and (410) 596-2854. Since I don’t have a SEEKRIT SITE, I cannot provide a non-existent password.
Failure to pay the reward forthwith will be considered proof by the Cabin Boy™ that The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin is lying in his complaint.
UPDATE 2—The Cabin Boy™ has verified in a comment below that he won’t honor his reward offer. Furthermore, under the conditions outlined above, he appears to confirm that Brett Kimberlin lied in his RICO 2 complaint.
UPDATE 3—Perhaps the Gentle Reader is wondering why the Cabin Boy™ offered the reward. One might guess that he feels flush with insurance cash, but I don’t think that’s the reason. I think he’s taken a page out of the Team Kimberlin playbook of offering a reward with no intention of paying. I’ll bet he believes that the “reward” gives him a basis for saying that some anonymous person ratted out [insert harassment target’s name here] as Krendler and that it provides cover for his next faildox.
Well, it looks as if Brett Kimberlin really has abandoned his It’s Time 2020 operation. It’s election day, and the website hasn’t been updated since late September. The Twitter account hasn’t had an original tweet since the middle of September and hasn’t retweeted anything for over a month.
Indeed, the only Kimberlin-related web operation that is still trying to affect the election is EuroMaidan PR. The website and Twitter account have both tried to call attention to a Ukrainian not-for-profit (with apparent Soros connections) threatening to sue Rudy Giuliani for defamation. That’s generated no measurable increase in the <200 hits per day for the website and generated only 7 retweets and 7 likes for the original tweet. Almost half of those retweets and likes were from foreign accounts. The US retweeter with the most followers was the Republicans for Biden account.
Joe Biden may win today’s election. If he does, that may encourage Kimberlin to bring back some of his websites. OTOH, if Biden doesn’t win, ….
The TKPOTD for four years ago today was a post of testimony Brett Kimberlin gave under oath during the Walker v. Kimberlin, et al. trial in October, 2016.
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This was part of Aaron Walker’s cross examination of The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin during the Walker v. Kimberlin, et al. trial.
MR. WALKER: Now, remind me, if you will, what you do for your charities.
MR. KIMBERLIN: I run a non-profit Justice Through Music, and we work with, ah, famous bands and artist to get young people involved with civic participation. We, ah, we also work with, ah, dissidents around the workd to get them, um, their message out to the general public. We work with, um, a lot of voting registration groups. We, um, registered literally hundreds of thousands of young people to vote over the years. Um, we have been very much involved, um, with making sure that voting machines are, are not hackable and that their, um, they provide and accurate reading. We were very involved with making sure that, ah, Maryland, ah, got away from the electronic voting machines and changed over to the paper ballots, ah, that I believe they used this year for the first time in, um, Maryland. And, um, we have, ah, we have a lot of [unintelligible] campaigns. For example, we had a campaign called “Iran“, um, “Iran Now”, um, during the Green Revolutionin, in Iran. Ah, We’re doing a lot of, of, because my wife’s from Ukraine, we’re doing a lot of, ah, work with Ukraine. Right now, I’m working with, ah, Congressmembers, um, on legislation to protect the vote. I’m working with the Department of Justice right now to, ah, to protect, ah, this coming election. There’s a lot of information about hacking by Russian, and our team that works for me are, are specialists in hacking and, ah, electronic cyberhacking and things like that. So we are probably one of the foremost groups in, in the country on that.
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I believe that it is reasonably safe to assume that changes in the leadership at the Department of Justice have resulted in The Dread Deadbeat Protector Kimberlin, Protect Our Elections/EMPR, or any of their associates not being knowingly engaged by the DoJ in “protecting” this week’s election.
One of the things the Gentle Reader might want to consider in choosing which candidate to vote for is the likelihood of that candidate’s changing the DoJ back to an organization that would use Brett Kimberlin as part of an election “protection” scheme.
During past election cycles, Brett Kimberlin has offered a reward for evidence of vote fraud. For example, this was posted during 2016 at protectourelection dot org—Of course the Dread Deadbeat Protector Kimberlin never paid any rewards in the past, but he isn’t offering one this year. Given his associations with certain political operatives, it may be that he …
Oh, the Gentle Reader can form his opinion on the matter.
Yesterday, EuroMaidan PR was active again with a war report for 30 October posted on the empr dot media website and some tweets sent by @EuroMaidanPR. A couple of the tweets are war-related. Another is about the Kyiv Post‘s coverage of a Ukrainian’s not-for-profit’s lawyer sending a letter to Rudy Giuliani claiming that comment he has made about the not-for-profit are defamatory.
The TKPOTD from six years ago today dealt with one of Brett Kimberlin’s vain attempts at having a noticeable impact on the public consciousness without the use of high explosives.
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Gentle Reader, do you ever wonder what the Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin does when he isn’t involved in vexatious lawsuit? He’s the Director of a not-for-profit called Justice Through Music Project. One of the sca … uh … activities run by JTMP is a web site called Protect Our Elections dot org. The site claims to be a “national collaboration of grassroots organizations that have joined together to reclaim our democracy, providing oversight to rescue our elections from partisan politics and privatization.” It has a DONATE button that appears to go straight to JTMP’s authorize dot net account.
Now, that’s a chilling thought: Brett Kimberlin providing “oversight to rescue our elections.”
Here’s what the top of the site’s home page looked like around 8 pm yesterday evening.And here are a couple of front page links to featured stories.The stories relate to a nuisance suit that Protect Our Elections has filed against the Federal Elections Commission. Take a close look at what I’ve circled in red. Those are the comment counts on the stories. As of 8 pm yesterday, there had been absolutely none. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Bupkis.
That shows you the relative impact of The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin’s Internet operation vis-à-vis those of us who he is suing because we write truthful things about him. Indeed, the most recent comment on the POE site was made at 8:59 pm on 11 August. By way of comparison, Monday noon’s Are You Pondering What I’m Pondering? post generated six comments.
The Team Kimberlin theory of lawfare involves punishment of the victims by causing them to have to deal with the time and expense of a protracted legal ordeal run at relatively low cost to the pro se plaintiff. It’s backfired. TDPK is up against pro se defendants, one of whom is a lawyer, who are able to mount low-cost defenses; First Amendment activists with pro bono legal counsel; and media personalities and organizations whose best interests are served by fighting the suit.
The Streisand Effect will be cranked up to 11 until all TDPK’s vexatious lawsuits are completely dealt with. Brett Kimberlin won’t disappear from public scrutiny until he’s either given up or been beaten. Given his poor choices to date, I suspect we’ll have to whip him in court.
Oh, one more thing … evil hates the truth, but it hates mockery even more.
UPDATE—I just reread POE’s description of itself. The stated goal is to rescue our elections from partisan politics.
I thought the whole purpose of an election was partisan politics, as in, choosing between two or more candidates representing differing views. Whigs v. Tories. Democrats v. Republicans. That sort of thing.
Of course, JTMP’s politics are avowedly progressive. Perhaps the statement is simply an honest description of a desire for one-party rule.
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Through the years, Kimberlin has given up any pretense of non-partisanship, openly working with Democrat and Ukrainian interests since the 2016 election cycle. His attempt at affecting this year’s election seems to have fizzled. Both his It’s Time 2020 and EMPR websites have gone silent, and the Justice Through Music Project site isn’t accessible.