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Department of Assessment and Taxation website shows this—Third, according irs dot gov, the entity’s 501(c)4 status has been revoked.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.
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.
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.
One of the grandiose gestures that Brett Kimberlin has made during presidential elections has been to offer rewards (usually $100,000) for information proving election fraud.Looking at Velvet Revolution US’s IRS Form 990s shows that the organization never had the financial ability to pay such a reward, so it seems to me that the empty offers were futile attempts to draw positive attention to Kimberlin’s activism.
Given Kimberlin’s ties to admitted Democrat operatives such as Alexandra Chalupa, the Gentle Reader should not be surprised to find that Kimberlin isn’t offering any such reward this year. Perhaps he already knows …
The reason why Brett Kimberlin hasn’t won any of the lawsuits he filed as part of his attempt to use lawfare to silence truth reporting about him seems to be that he doesn’t understand how to structure a rational argument based on evidence. It has often seemed that he could not differentiate between the Real World and the fantasy realm of his wishes. The TKPOD from six years ago today contained an excerpt of a Judge Johnson’s frustrated attempt to explain to Kimberlin why he had to place actual testimony and documents into evidence in order to have a case for the jury to consider in the Kimberlin v. Walker, et al.LOLsuit.
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After The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin rested his case during the Kimberlin v. Walker, et al. trial, we defendants moved for a directed verdict in our favor because he had not presented evidence establishing the element of defamation or false light. Here is a small part of Judge Johnson’s extended colloquy with TDPK on whether he had shown that what we said and wrote about him was false.
THE COURT: I’m not asking you to prove anything. I’m asking you who in this courtroom yesterday or today said that those statements were false?
MR. KIMBERLIN: Your honor, in a defamation case —
THE COURT: You hate answering questions —
MR. KIMBERLIN: No, no, I’m just trying to —
THE COURT: Who said it was false?
MR. KIMBERLIN: Who said it was false? They —
THE COURT: Did you want to read this? I mean —
MR. KIMBERLIN: I know what it says —
THE COURT: I didn’t make this up. This is Maryland law.
MR. KIMBERLIN: I think that the jury has to make that call, whether it’s false. And whether —
THE COURT: But there has to be some evidence. They just can’t pull things out of the air. A jury, they just can’t go back there and decide what they want to decide. I have to give them instructions on the law. And the instructions on defamation — Maryland pattern jury instruction 12.1 “a defamatory statement is a false statement about another person that exposes that person to public scorn, hatred” — so nobody in here, in this case said that they hated you, you haven’t put any evidence up that they hated you — “contempt or ridicule” — there’s no evidence of that — “thereby discouraging others in the community from having a good opinion of or from associating or dealing with the person. Defamation may result from a statement communicated to a third person either orally or in writing.” And here you have — I’ll call them, well, bloggers, I guess they’re reporters — reporting stories and bantering back and forth regarding stories that, I think it originated, the whole thing started back in Indiana many, many, many years ago. And so what is the jury going to — how are they going to consider whether there was public scorn?
MR. KIMBERLIN: Your honor —
THE COURT: This’ll go lot faster if you try to answer my question. If you don’t have an answer, say you don’t have an answer.
MR. KIMBERLIN: Being called a pedophile is automatically public scorn, I mean —
THE COURT: Look, I’m getting — you’ve said that, I understand it. But I’m focusing on the Maryland law that I have to tell the jury. Now what I’m asking you — let’s take it one by one. The statement has to — you have get to to contempt. Any evidence of that?
MR. KIMBERLIN: Well, I put my daughter on the stand and she testified that we had suffered —
THE COURT: That she had suffered?
MR. KIMBERLIN: No, that our family had suffered. That I had suffered.
THE COURT: Look, you’re the only party in this case.
Narratives are not false just because TDPK doesn’t like them. There were very few possible witnesses that Kimberlin could have produced who could have testified of their firsthand knowledge that he had not engaged in any of the behavior that led folks to be suspicious of him. There were the women who were the girls he was allegedly involved with in Indiana (as reported by Mark Singer). There was his estranged wife who did not come to court to support him. There was the possibility of his own testimony, given that the judge seemed willing to bend the Maryland Rule on perjurers and let him testify. No one else would have been a competent witness.
I suspect that TDPK stayed off the stand because he was afraid of cross examination and being caught in perjury.
Judge Johnson ruled in our favor. TDPK is making noises about an appeal and a second federal lawsuit. It seems that he’s beginning to understand that the Kimberlin v. The Universe, et al. RICO Madness is doomed. It will be interesting to see what federal issue he might use in a second federal suit.
I’m sure Acme is working overtime.
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Kimberlin has never let the Truth get in the way of his false narratives, which may explain why he no longer appears to have credibility with many of the people who used to find him useful.
While I was checking on the status of the itstime2020 dot org website on Thursday evening, I found that Kimberlin has moved the old velvetrevolution dot us domain from hosting on a Fintel Associates server to the xeonhosting dot org server in Holland that hosts breitbartunmasked dot com, empr dot media, greencasamaryland dot org, itstime202 dot org, and kelsiekimberlin dot com. However, I was unable to connect to velvetrevolution dot org at its new IP address.The old VRUS website seems to have suffered a glitch while being moved between servers. I suppose Kimberlin can get one of the expert hackers who helped him protect the 2016 election to fix the problem.
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.
OPSEC or operational security has never been one of Team Kimberlin’s strong suits. This Legal LULZ Du Jour from three years ago today will show the sharp-eyed Gentle Reader how information in one of The Dread Deadbeat Pro-Se Kimberlin’s court filings provided a lead to other interesting information.
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Judge Mason ordered that no further motions for sanctions should be filed in the Walker v. Kimberlin, et al. lawsuit until after the case is concluded.So the Kimberlins have filed another motion for sanctions.
Paragraph 1 asserts that the “Defendants” served discovery on Aaron Walker. That isn’t true. Only Brett Kimberlin attempted to serve discovery. Tetyana Kimberlin did not sign either the request for production of documents or the deposition notice.In any event, nothing was properly served. Paragraph 1 also contains an admission that TDPK’s attempt to serve discovery on Aaron Walker was via “Priority Mail with a tracking number” instead of Certified Mail, Return Receipt Requested as the judge had ordered. The motion spins further out of control from there.
UPDATE—Here’s the address found on the letterhead of the videographer’s bill attached as an exhibit to the Kimberlin’s motion.Here’s the letterhead used by VelvetRevolution.US to file a bar complaint.The sharp-eyed Gentle Reader may notice some similarities.
UPDATE 2—I’ll just leave this right here.
Domain Name: BRETTKIMBERLIN.ORG
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Referral URL: http://www.godaddy.com
Updated Date: 2013-07-22T03:46:02Z
Creation Date: 2013-05-23T01:24:08Z
Registry Expiry Date: 2018-05-23T01:24:08Z
Sponsoring Registrar: GoDaddy.com, LLC
Sponsoring Registrar IANA ID: 146
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Domain Status: clientUpdateProhibited https://icann.org/epp#clientUpdateProhibited
Registrant ID: CR143822451
Registrant Name: Brett Kimberlin
Registrant Organization: VelvetRevolution
Registrant Street: POB 9576
Registrant City: Washington
Registrant State/Province: District of Columbia
Registrant Postal Code: 20016
Registrant Country: US
Registrant Phone: +1.3013205921
Registrant Phone Ext:
Registrant Fax Ext:
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Admin ID: CR143822453
Admin Name: Brett Kimberlin
Admin Organization: VelvetRevolution
Admin Street: POB 9576
Admin City: Washington
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Admin Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tech ID: CR143822452
Tech Name: Brett Kimberlin
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Tech Street: POB 9576
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Name Server: NS71.DOMAINCONTROL.COM
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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.
Given the low traffic rankings of the Kimberlin-related websites, I suspect that my occasional checks on them have been a noticeable percentage of their views. During one of my visits back in 2014, I noticed an interesting lack of coverage of one story, and I wrote about it six years ago today in a post titled Justice for Boko Haram.
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As I was scrolling through the past year’s blog posts at the Justice Through Music Project website, it struck me that there was no mention of the abduction of several hundred schoolgirls by the Boko Haram terrorists. Surely, justice requires that the kidnapped girls be released rather than sold into slavery.
OTOH, The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin is fond of accusing several his perceived enemies as being anti-Islamic. Perhaps he is unwilling to denounce Islamic terrorists. Or perhaps …
… but a rather odd one. Within hours of a post here at Hogewash! pointing out the lack of any protests against the Boko Haram abductions in Nigeria on the Justice Through Music Project website, that site is down for a redesign.The Velvet Revolution US site is also being redesigned.
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.
UPDATE—I found this attempted comment while taking my morning coffee break.Of course, the IP address doesn’t belong to Amazon.Not only that, it’s not actively assigned.
UPDATE—Ooooo! Struck a nerve, have we? This comment just came in attributed to my late mother.Can you say “desperation”?
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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 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.
While conducting an inventory of the surviving Kimberlin-related websites, I found that the Donate buttons on the old velvetrevolution dot us and indictbreitbart dot org site no longer work. The PayPal account to which they were attached has been closed. The Donate button at the jtmp dot org site disappeared some time ago. The greencasamaryland dot org site, which was recently pared down when it was moved to the same offshore server as breitbartunmasked dot com and empr dot media, also lacks a Donate button. For now, it seems that the only Kimberlin sites taking donations are protectourelections dot org and empr dot media.
The Protect Our Elections site still falsely claims that the donation is going to a 501(c)(3) tax exempt entity. Not only is POE not now a (c)(3), it never was. It was recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(4) organization, but that status has been revoked. While (c)(4) entities don’t pay taxes, donations to them are not tax deductible.
The EuroMaidan PR site offers multiple ways to donate, including PayPal and Swift transfers.
The Gentle Reader may remember that in 2017 Brett Kimberlin changed the Velvet Revolution US corporate name to Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc.
In many ways, we are known by the company we keep. The TKPOTD for six years ago today dealt with some of the people and organizations The Dread Deadbeat Protestor/Protector Kimberlin was working with.
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One of the subsidiary operations of Brett Kimberlin’s 501(c)4 Velvet Revolution US is called Chamber Watch. On Chamber Watch’s Action Items web page (No, I won’t link to it.), there’s a description of an alliance of organizations and individuals engaged in attacking the U. S. Chamber of Commerce.
Velvet Revolution and it [sic] staff, including journalist Brad Friedman, along with SEIU, reporter Glenn Greenwald, Change to Win and ChamberWatch
That’s an interesting bunch.
Brad Friedman is the co-founder with Brett Kimberlin of VRUS. He is the left coast anchor of the group and a “respectable” public face.
The SEIU is the Service Employees International Union which enhanced its reputation for violence by sending purple-shirted thugs to confront tea party rallies. SEIU founder Wade Rathke was a cofounder of ACORN.
Glenn Greenwald? Yep, that Glenn Greenwald. The one who writes for The Guardian.
Thugs partnering with left-wing “journalists” to attack big business, but to what purpose? Did I mention that there’s a Donate button on each webpage?
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More recently, TDPK has been focusing on election integrity. That change in interest may have some connection the The Dread Deadbeat Pro-Se Kimberlin losing a couple of LOLsuits related to his tiff with the Chamber of Commerce. Indeed, his work during the 2016 elections with Ukrainian interests connected to the Democrats’ National Committee appear to have been so … um … rewarding that in 2017 he changed the corporate name of VelvetRevolution US to Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc. (empr dot media is an English-language Ukrainian news site hosted on the same server as the now-seemingly-abandoned Breitbart UnmaskedBunny Billy Boy Unread.)
It’s all about the Benjamins, so one of the things I do from time to time is go over the IRS Form 990s filed by The Dread Deadbeat Panhandler Kimberlin’s “charities.” The TKPOTD from six years ago today was about 2011 paperwork filed for Velvet Revolution US. (That’s his 501(c)4 that has had its name changed to Protect Our Elections/EMPR.)
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The IRS Form 990 for a not-for-profit is supposed to list “Officers, Directors, Trustees, and Key Employees.” Velvet Revolution US listed the following individuals for 2011:
Jeff Cohen, Executive Director
Brad Friedman, Director
Although Brett Kimberlin testified under oath in the Kimberlin v. Allen lawsuit that he ran VRUS, he is not listed—not even as a key employee.
Kevin Zeese is an activist lawyer who has been involved with filing bar complaints against conservative lawyers (such as Justice Clarence Thomas) on behalf of VRUS. Although the VRUS website refers to Mr. Zeese as a Director of the organization, he is not listed on the 990 either.
When I asked a lawyer familiar with not-for-profit filings about these sorts of omissions, he remarked, “Oh, that’s just Kimberlin’s usual lack of attention to the niceties of corporate forms.”
A commenter to yesterday’s TKPOTD brought up the fact that The Dread Deadbeat Pro-Se Kimberlin tried to stick his nose into the Blankenship mine disaster criminal case. Of course, he was unsuccessful and wasn’t able to bootstrap that effort into some sort of useful something or other for his RICO 2: Electric Boogaloo LOLsuit. Today, we look back to the TKPOTD from four yeas ago which dealt with another failed attempt by The Dread Deadbeat Protector Kimberlin to meddle in someone else’s legal matter.
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Brett Kimberlin has tried to make a name for himself fighting for clean elections through Velvet Revolution US, the 501(c)4 he cofounded with moonbat broadcaster Brad Friedman.
Is anyone surprised that Velvet Revolution US has never found any election irregularities implicating Democrats, not even in Chicago?
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And so Kimberlin failed in that effort at election protection, but not as spectacularly as he failed in his 2016 effort to protect us from Donald Trump. In 2017, he changed the Velvet Revolution US corporate name to Protect Our Elections/EMPR. <sarc>Maybe that will help improve his performance.</sarc>
Yesterday’s TKPOTD was about one of the connections between Brett Kimberlin and the Clintons. The TKPOTD from four years ago took note of another.
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Here’s another interesting Kimberlin connection.
One of the early donors to Velvet Revolution was Harriet Crosby. Ms. Crosby, who is not actually Kimberlin’s aunt in spite of the rumor to the contrary, has been active in leftwing causes. In 1983, she cofounded the Institute for Soviet American Relations which has now been renamed the Institute for Social Action and Renewal. She is on the board of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, a not-for-profit engaged in the study and promotion of pseudoscience such as psychic abilities, psychokinesis, and alternative healing. She is on the board of Friends of the Earth, and spent five years working on environmental issue on the Clinton White House staff.
The Justice Through Music Project/Velvet Revolution office space is in a bungalow that Ms. Crosby owned and subsequently transferred to the HMC Trust. The Green Casa Maryland demonstration house is being built on a lot two doors up the street from the JMTP office. The lot is owned by the HMC Trust.
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The Gentle Reader may remember that Velvet Revolution’s name has been changed to Protect Our Elections/EMPR and that Team Kimberlin member Matt Osborne has been associated with a fake Russian bot scam.
Yesterday evening, the peace of my Twitter feed was disturbed by tweets about a Breitbart UnmaskedBunny Billy Boy Unread post from 2013 peddling a story that Brett Kimberlin had said he had hired Ali Akbar to work as an undercover mole inside of the conservative political movement. The article (which now carries Matt Osborne’s byline) quotes a spokesman for Velvet Revolution (now known as Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc.) as saying—
“We hired him in 2007, as soon as we heard of his van break-in,” said a spokesman for Velvet Revolution. “Our alert Democratic staffers identified him for exploitation as a fake conservative political activist. By insinuating himself closely with Republicans at all levels, we could one one day pull the mask off and do tremendous damage.
“That day has come,” the spokesman said before taking questions. The call, which took place on Skype, lasted twelve minutes and took place under condition of pseudonymity.
Under the code name ‘Operation Shebbab,’ Akbar would promise intense social media coverage and then fail to deliver it, stepping upwards with every failure by throwing fellow Republicans under the bus. The plot has worked far better than its conspirators had dared to hope.
“Setting up the fake nonprofits, well that was an important part of the plan,” Bob the Spokesman explained. “Brett Kimberlin is too busy running actual nonprofit organizations to bother running fake ones.”
That’s the same Ali Akbar who Brett Kimberlin sued less than six months later for “defamation, malicious prosecution, harassment, stalking, conspiracy, invasion of privacy, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.” Kimberlin lost that LOLsuit and two others he tried to bring against Ali. Of course, The Dread Deadbeat Pro-Se Kimberlin’s claims in his LOLsuits contradict the story being spun by Bob the Spokesman in the BU post, so at least one of the tales isn’t true. My money would be on all of them being lies.
Does Team Kimberlin really want to stick with a claim that Brett Kimberlin hired someone to engage in a form of election interference? Really?
Team Kimberlin’s flailing around is becoming downright … I was gonna type “pitiful,” but I don’t pity the fools. My reaction is in line with Stacy McCain’s.The mockery continues.
Six years ago today, I published a post about the person who was listed as the Executive Director of the Kimberlin not-for-profits, Justice Through Music Project and Velvet Revolution US (now renamed Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc.). The post was titled Dread Pirate #BrettKimberlin’s Boss’ Day Job.
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Court records show an email address for a Jeffrey R. Cohen who has the same street address as Justice Through Music Project. That email address is associated with the law firm of Millen, White, Zellano & Branigan. The firm’s web site gives this information about Mr. Cohen:
Our entertainment practice focuses on music, film and television. Because of our intellectual property expertise, we understand not only the finer points of contract terms but also the significance of the intellectual property issues at hand. Jeff Cohen heads this practice group. Jeff owns Sumerian Records and is a partner in an entertainment management company Outerloop Management.
Shortly after that post went up, it received this comment.Here was my reply.
As Bill Schmalfeldt likes to point out, 29 October, 2012, was the day Hurricane Sandy came ashore. Over the next couple of days, I was working with our local ham radio club in support of the shelters that been opened because of the weather. While at one of the shelters I shared the story of this lame SWATting threat with several deputies who it turned out were scheduled to work the evening shift on Halloween. We agreed that I’d have Halloween goodies set aside for them to take home to their kids if they were called to my house.
Of course, the person making the threat chickened out. Cowardly cowards gotta cower.
It’s about the Benjamins. The whole point of the The Dread Deadbeat Publisher Kimberlin’s web sites is their DONATE buttons. I wrote about one of his more egregious sites in the TKPOTD three years ago today.
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This fund raising website run by The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin seems to demonstrate that he has neither a sense of shame nor a sense of irony.The site has no mention of the Speedway Bombings.
VelvetRevolution.us is a 501(c)4 not-for-profit run by Brett Kimberlin. It’s articles of incorporation say the the purposes of the corporation are “The public welfare and a minority for political activity”—whatever that really means. The corporation is the registered owner of several web domains. The Gentle Reader should not be surprised to learn that one is velvetrevolution dot us. Here’s are the others:
brettkimberlin dot info
brettkimberlin dot net
brettkimberlin dot org
brettkimberlin dot us
mccutcheonwatch dot info
trumpindependentforpresident dot net
The mccutcheonwatch domain appears to be a companion to mccutcheonwatch site that used to be hosted on the same server as the Justice Through Music Project site.
The brettkimberlin domains being owned by VRUS could be a use of corporate funds to cover personal expenses.
The trumpindependtforpresident domain is intriguing. It was registered in August, 2015.
The lawfare portion of The Dread Deadbeat Pro-Se Kimberlin’s flailing attempt at brass knuckles reputation management has been both a pain in the neck (or a couple of feet lower) and a rich source of pointage, laughery, and mockification. However, it really hasn’t held a candle to the incompetence of his PR effort, the crown jewel of which has been Breitbart UnmaskedBunnyBilly Boy Brett Unread, but at one point, there was a BU post so shocking that the Hogewash! coverage of it was titled BREAKING: Xenophon Tells the Truth. (Xenophon is one of the pen names Matt Osborne has used.)
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In a surprising twist Xenophon the Troll finally tells the truth in a post at Breitbart Unmasked(No, I won’t link to it.) about The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin’s vexatious lawsuits against bloggers and media entities. In a prolonged screed about Paul Alan Levy’s representation of anonymous blogger Ace of Spades in the Kimberlin v. The Universe, et al. RICO Madness, Xenophon writes— Yep. As TDPK has claimed, donations from big-time leftwing contributors are drying up for his not-for-profits. For example, the Threshold Foundation had given Velvet Revolution grants totaling as much as $65k a year, but it has zeroed out its support.
It was leftwing blogger Seth Allen who first shined some light on Brett Kimberlin’s current activities. The fact that it was mostly the right half of the blogosphere that rallied to Allen’s defense allowed TDPK to paint resistance to his lawfare as persecution from the right.
That dog won’t hunt anymore. Ken White, Zoa Barnes, and Paul Alan Levy are not rightwing nut jobs, but they have all provided pro bono legal help to victims of Team Kimberlin. The ACLU, which is also helping in Ace’s defense, is rarely thought of as a rightwing organization.
Because of the extra publicity stirred up by TDPK’s frivolous lawsuits, good people on the left are realizing what kind of person Brett Kimberlin is, and they are deciding that they have better things to do with their money than supporting his unprofitable not-for-profits. The Streisand Effect blowback putting a real crimp in his business model.
Team Kimberlin haz sad. I expect them to act out even more outrageously before things are settled.
On advice of counsel, I won’t reply with a Clint Eastwood quote.
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Speaking of Breitbart UnmaskedBunnyBilly Boy Brett Unread, it doesn’t look like they bothered to publish anything for more than a week.
Oh, and speaking of following the money—the 2016 IRS Form 990s for TDPK’s not-for-profits aren’t online yet. They will probably be in the last batch of 2016 forms released after being processed by the IRS. Kimberlin has always filed that sort of paperwork at the last minute, but a man’s got to be aware of his limitations.