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.
I plan to enjoy 2019. I’m willing to bet Team Kimberlin will not.
One of the primary reasons for the
Dread Deadbeat Pro-Se Kimberlin’s unblemished record of failure at lawfare is his inattention to important details. I took note of such a failure a couple of years ago today in a post titled The Fourth Circuit Makes Short Work of Brett Kimberlin.
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The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin filed a motion for reconsideration of the dismissal of this appeal of the Kimberlin v. Hunton & Williams LLP, et al. RICO 2: Electric Boogaloo LOLsuit. He didn’t file on time.
Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.
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Perhaps he was too busy working as The
Dread Deadbeat Protector Kimberlin in the aftermath of protecting our 2016 election.
I sometimes wonder if Brett Kimberlin knows how to tell a story without having at least one lie in it. Take a look at the TKPOTD for two years ago.
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I’ve mentioned that VelvetRevolution.US is running another promotion centered on a reward for information concerning voting machine hacking again this year. One new twist is asking for donations to fund the reward.
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Dread Deadbeat Prevaricator Kimberlin has changed VelvetReveolution.US’s corporate name to Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc., but the entity was and still is a 501(c)4 organization as far as the IRS is concerned. While a 501(c)4 entity does not have to pay federal income taxes, donations to such an entity are not tax exempt. (Well, they may be if they’re legitimate business expenses, but good luck convincing the taxman that donations to TDPK’s “reward” fund qualify. Nothing in this post should be taken as tax advice.)
Lying liars gotta lie.
UPDATE—This is currently on the DONATE page of the Protect Our Elections website.The IRS Exempt Organizations Business Master File Extract shows that Protect Our Elections-EMPR Inc. is a 501(c)4 entity and that donations to it are not tax deductible.
Essentially all of Team Kimberlin websites wind up being poorly keep up if not completely abandoned. The first site that I noticed going fallow was the Bloggers Offense Fund site that earned Brett Kimberlin his Dread Pirate nickname. I wrote about his lack of attention to that sire six years ago today in a post titled Dread Pirate #BrettKimberlin’s Paperwork Trail.
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Those Gentle Readers who have been following the Saga of The Dread Pirate Kimberlin here at Hogewash! for the past three months will remember that he acquired the title after he created a pirate-themed website for the Bloggers Offense Team. (No, I won’t link to it.) One of the pages on that site is called DOCUMENTS which says that it “will highlight all the documents that The Bloggers Defense Team will not produce …”
It’s empty. Now, why is that? One explanation might be that Hogewash! has been quick to publish TDPK’s court filings and related documents as soon as possible after they become publicly available.
OTOH, it is interesting that TDPK seems to have passed sealed document on to First Mate Neal Rauhauser and Cabin Boy Bill Schmalfeldt for publication rather than using the Bloggers Offense Team site.
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Meanwhile, it’s been over a month since the Protect Our Elections website was updated, and more than six months have passed without any new material at the Justice Through Music Project site.
Dread Deadbeat Publisher Kimberlin has never had effective control of the narratives he’s tried to spin. Perhaps he’s finally figuring that out.
As of when I checked the Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc and
Breitbart Unmasked Bunny Billy Boy Unread websites last night, The Dread Deadbeat Protector Kimberlin has not yet published any information about he and his hackers contributed to protecting the gubernatorial elections in Georgia or Florida or the senate race in Florida from Russian influence. In fact, he’s been completely silent on the topic of protecting our elections for the past 30 days.
Inquiring minds want to know.
Dread Deadbeat Protector Kimberlin has been too busy dealing with stolen votes to report on Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc’s efforts to secure the recent election, but nothing has been posted on that organization’s web site for over three weeks.
Dread Deadbeat Protector Kimberlin claims that he and a group of hackers were working with the Departments of Justice and of Homeland Security on protecting the integrity of the 2016 elections. In a 25 September post on the protectourelections dot org webseite, he made a similar claim about his not-for-profit Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc.: “Since March of 2016, we have also provided significant information about this to the Department of Justice.”
As the TKPOTD from two years ago today shows, Kimberlin was blogging at the older velvetrevolution dot us site up until just before the election. This year, the POE site went quiet after 20 October.
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Wow! The times they are a changin’! During the last couple of elections, The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin was offering a reward of “up to” $100,000 for evidence of vote fraud. Now, it seems that we no longer need to worry.Kimberlin must believe that his crack team of hackerz has got things covered this year.
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TDPK must have thought that his gang of hackers had got the elections properly secured because this year’s “$100k” reward wasn’t for information about electron fraud. This year, TDPK was trying to buy evidence against Brett Kavanaugh.
I first published this bit of Brett Kimberlin’s testimony under oath during the Walker v. Kimberlin, et al. trial in the TKPOTD two years ago today.
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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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Now, the Gentle Reader may want to take The
Dread Deadbeat Pro-Se Kimberlin’s claims about working with the DoJ with a grain of salt. He’s been know to lie. OTOH, he offered that testimony in October, 2016, just before he filed his Kimberlin v. Breitbart, et al. RICO 3 LOLsuit and just before the election he probably expected Hillary Clinton to win.
What would be the significance of Brett Kimberlin’s telling the truth about working with the DoJ to “protect” the 2016 elections?
One of the reasons that the
Dread Deadbeat Protestor Kimberlin has failed at so many things is his slipshod inattention to detail. For example, when he recently updated his protectourelections dot org website, he neglected to go through the site and properly refresh some of the pages. Here’s what the top of the TAKE ACTION page looks like—
It wouldn’t have taken much though to delete the seven-year-old items from the page and put up one or two things related to the 2018 election, but TDPK left the old stuff and the years of dead air intact. Those years of inattention to the integrity of the election process appear to be a powerful demonstration Kimberlin’s lack of real concern It sorta/kinda looks as if the whole POE effort is simply a way to draw attention to the DONATE buttons on the site.
Change my mind.
UPDATE—BTW, Bernie Sander’s poorly crafted amendment referenced on the POE webpage sought to repeal a substantial portion of the First Amendment. Brett Kimberlin has never impressed me as a fan of the First Amendment, so his support for such an amendment doesn’t surprise me.
This is the opening paragraph on the ABOUT page of the protectourelections dot org website.The claim in the last sentence does not appear to be true.
The IRS publishes a list of all registered 501(c)(3) organizations. Protect Our Elections is not on the current list (updated on 8 October, 2018) under its current name, its previous name (Velvet Revolution US), or its Employer Identification Number.
Further, it appears from the information posted on the IRS website that it is not possible for a 501(c)(3) organization to be simultaneously registered as any other type of Section 501 entity.
Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc. does appear to be registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(4) organization. For now. Kimberlin’s other not-for-profit, Justice Through Music Project, is registered under 501(c)(3). However, they are two separate entities, and commingling their assets could … never mind … I’ll let him find out the hard way.
Brett Kimberlin never seems to be able to pass up an opportunity to attract eyeballs to one of his online DONATE buttons. This wanted poster appeared at the protectourelections dot org website on the day after the final Ford and Kavanaugh hearing.
Given that the last IRS Form 990 for VelvetRevolutionUS, the 501(c)4 not-for-profit that has been renamed “Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc.,” shows that the entity has essentially no assets, it’s a puzzlement where that $100k would come from if this offer were honest.
Velvet Revolution dot US (now renamed Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc) was Brett Kimberlin’s vehicle for promoting his “election integrity” campaigning. The TKPOTD from five years ago today took a look at one of his efforts.
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Brett Kimberlin achieved his third wave of fame by being publicly upset about election integrity. Episode 1 was the Speedway Bombings, and episode 2 was the story about selling dope to Dan Quayle. Episode 4 has been his anti-First-Amendment lawfare.
During the 2008, Kimberlin and his Velvet Revolution US co-founder Brad Friedman set up an 800 number for tips about voter fraud. The number is still advertised on the Velvet Revolution US home page (No, I won’t link to it.)
I called the number yesterday and got a recorded message from the 800 number reseller who owns the line offering it for lease. Velvet Revolution hasn’t been using it for a while.
I wonder why their are still promoting an tip line that doesn’t exist?
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Kimberlin has finally realized that there’s an election coming up, and he’s got a new post up at the revamped Protect Our Elections site titled Russia’s Plan to Interfere with the 2018 Election. (No, I won’t link to it.) The post claims that the Russians are going to engage in online hacking to try to throw the Florida governor’s race to the Republican candidate in order to prevent a criminal investigation of President Trump’s real estate holdings in that state. It claims that the Russians will also work online to help defeat a long list of Democrat senators who are up for reelection while supporting a list of Republicans seeking reelection to the House of Representatives. This work is supposedly being coordinated with an Israeli firm. Oh, and the Russian plan involves disinformation pushed out via Fox News and Breitbart and such alt-right outlets as Wikileaks.
And it has a Donate button.
One more thing … If the Gentle Reader does visit the Protect Our Elections site, due caution should be observed.
Although the velvetrevolution dot org website is still up, the corporate entity VelvetRevolution.US is gone. Kimberlin has changed the name to Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc.
That’s kinda interesting.
empr dot media is a Ukraine-focused news site that is hosted on the same server as breitbartunmasked dot com. The About page at empr dot media describes it as a
self-funded, alternative news media outlet born on the barricades of Euromaidan and is the #1 Independent Citizen Media about Ukraine, giving analysis and reporting the Truth.
EMPR stands for EuromaidanPR. (Euromaidan was the 2013/2014 demonstrations in Ukraine that toppled the previous government.)
And of course, the site has a Fund EMPR page.
Does Brett Kimberlin believe that protecting our elections is an intersecting business interest with a PR effort for a foreign country?
And another Kimberlin website has bitten the dust. The mccutcheonwatch dot org domain’s registration has expired. It must not have had enough hits on the Donate button to justify keeping it.
In other Kimberlin website news … protectourelections dot com has moved to another server and now forwards connections to the protectourelections dot org website. The dot org website has been updated. Pressing its Donate button takes the viewer to this page hosted by nationbuilder dot com.A check of the State of Maryland’s corporations database shows that Protect Our Elections Inc. is a trade name owned by Justice Through Music Project registered at an address in Bethesda, Maryland. The IRS website lists JTMP as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. However, the IRS does not list Protect Our Elections as an exempt organization. The Gentle Reader should consult his tax advisor prior to claiming any deductions to POE.
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.
The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin is trying to get some traction with another offer of reward money of evidence of the sort of vote fraud that he was saying that Donald Trump shouldn’t have to worry about only a few days ago. The promotion must be singularly unsuccessful because he had to resort to the Cabin Boy™ flacking for it over at
Breitbart Unmasked Bunny Billy Boy Unread.
As the year coasts to a conclusion, here are the top Team Kimberlin stories from September and October. Continue reading
It’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.
One of the subsidiary efforts of Brett Kimberlin’s 501(c)4 organization Velvet Revolution US is called Protect Our Elections. On 18 June, 2013, that organization posted it support for an effort by Senator John Tester (D-MT) to introduce an amendment to the Constitution to partially repeal the Bill of Rights. (No, I won’t link to it.) The endorsement ends with a link to another organization collecting supporters for the proposed amendment.
Here’s the proposed text:
Section 1. We the people who ordain and establish this Constitution intend the rights protected by this constitution to be the rights of natural persons.
Section 2. The words people, person, or citizen as used in this Constitution do not include corporations, limited liability companies or other corporate entities established by the laws of any State, the United States, or any foreign state, and such corporate entities are subject to such regulation as the people, through their elected State and Federal representatives, deem reasonable and are otherwise consistent with the powers of Congress and the States under this Constitution.
Section 3. Nothing contained herein shall be construed to limit the people’s rights of freedom of speech, freedom of the press, free exercise of religion, freedom of association and all such other rights of the people, which rights are unalienable.
Ah, I see that some of the Gentle Readers don’t understand the danger in this. Allow me to explain. Most of the entities we do business with or are employed by are corporations, limited liability companies, and the like. The Girl Scouts and the Red Cross are. Most churches and other religious bodies are. All such organizations would lose their rights.
The government could seize the money in your employers bank account without compensation or due process. Your church could be told what doctrine it could publicly proclaim. Newspapers owned by corporations, such as the Washington Post and the Washington Times, could be told what they could print. And what they couldn’t. And what they must. A state or the federal government could tell the ACLU who they could and could not represent.
And don’t be fooled by Section 3. It protects only “the people’s” rights, and “the people” as defined in Section 2 expressly excludes corporations. Sure, individual reporters could write what they please, but the government would be free to prevent those reporters from using corporate resources to publish in the pages of a newspaper or even using the offices, equipment, or other assets of the organization—or even speaking or writing company time. An imam would be free to teach his beliefs on abortion, but the government could prevent him from using the mosque’s property, a corporate asset, while preaching.
Imagine what would have happened to organizations like the Southern Christian Leadership Conference or the NAACP during the ’50s and ’60s without the protection (at times feebly enforced) of the Bill of Rights.
The irony of all this is that Brett Kimberlin’s “charities” are incorporated. They would lose their rights as well.