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.
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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
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