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Brandon Darby on Andrew Breitbart: ‘I can’t even begin to describe what he did in my life’

The Daily Caller’s Ginni Thomas interviewed leftist-turned-patriot Brandon Darby as part of her “Leaders” series.

Here’s the text from the post as lifted from the Daily Caller:

In an exclusive interview with The Daily Caller, former progressive Brandon Darby discussed his unlikely friendship with the late conservative media icon Andrew Breitbart.

Darby became an FBI informant and testified in court about the conspiracy to bomb the 2008 GOP convention with homemade Molotov cocktails.

“This guy calls me, and he says, ‘My name is Andrew Breitbart, and you bought a truck from my friend. I hope you don’t mind that I’m calling you.’ And I’m like, ‘What’s up, man?’ And he said, ‘Well, thank you for what you did.’ And I said, ‘That’s really strange, Andrew, that you would say that, because no one other than FBI agents and a couple of people who would be firebombed have said that.”

“I can’t even begin to describe what he did in my life,” Darby said of Breitbart.

Catch the upcoming interview between Brandon Darby and The Daily Caller’s Ginni Thomas all this week.

Should nonprofits linked to ‘Anonymous’ and harassment stay tax-exempt?

Are the two nonprofits founded by radical activist and convicted bomber Brett Kimberlin entitled to tax-exempt status? It’s a question worth examining.

Kimberlin is a paid employee of one of the nonprofits, Justice Through Music Project, a 501c3 “educational” nonprofit. JTMP paid Kimberlin $19,500 in 2010 for his services as a director, according to the group’s most recent publicly available tax return. Both JTMP and the other group, Velvet Revolution US, a 501c4 “action” nonprofit, are headquartered in Kimberlin’s Bethesda, Maryland, residence. (JTMP expressly acknowledges in the tax return that the address given is Kimberlin’s.)

Kimberlin spends much of his time attempting to silence conservative bloggers through frivolous and vexatious litigation and by employing other nasty, unorthodox tactics. Incredibly, Kimberlin got blogger Aaron Walker (nom de blog: Aaron Worthing) jailed for daring to  write (factually accurate) articles about him. Kimberlin doesn’t like it when anyone points out his criminal history.

Despite the free speech protections of the U.S. Constitution, a Maryland judge’s so-called peace order forbidding Walker to write about Kimberlin remains in effect – for now. UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh and other notable legal practitioners have volunteered to assist Walker in his defense in a case in which, according to Hans Bader of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the judge clearly ignored legal precedents.

The Kimberlin case has drawn attention to the cases of bloggers who have been “SWATted.” SWATting, undoubtedly a criminal act, consists of tricking 9-1-1 operators into dispatching emergency response teams to a targeted person’s home. Typically the caller masks his identity using technology and makes it appear that the call is originating from the victim’s home. The caller claims he has killed someone or that shots were fired. This precipitates a massive show of force from police. It’s a brutal prank that could easily get a victim killed.

Last year, both Mike Stack – who was involved in exposing the Anthony Weiner sex scandal – and conservative blogger Patrick “Patterico” Frey were targeted for SWATtings. More recently, Red State editor and CNN commentator Erick Erickson says he was SWATted after he wrote about the Kimberlin case.

The apparently politically motivated SWATtings have received some publicity, garnering coverage from Fox News, CNN, and ABC News. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) and close to 100 congressmen are now demanding the Obama administration do something about SWATting.

Kimberlin denies having anything to do with the SWATtings. Indeed he even claims to have been the victim of a SWATting himself. No evidence of Kimberlin’s allegation has surfaced and local authorities say it didn’t happen.

Velvet Revolution raises money by routinely making farfetched, unverifiable allegations against conservatives and Republicans, demonizing them and accusing them of criminal activity. The group demanded the arrest of Karl Rove, the late Andrew Breitbart, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce president Thomas J. Donohue. It promotes wild-eyed conspiracy theories about stolen elections which Kimberlin business partner Brad Friedman (The Brad Blog) promotes on his website and when he guest-hosts the Mike Malloy Radio Show. Incidentally, Malloy, Friedman, and Kimberlin are a perfect fit. Malloy is the left-wing ranter who prayed for Glenn Beck to commit suicide and without any credible evidence called Rush Limbaugh a “child molester of the highest order.”

Robert Stacy McCain, a reporter and blogger who had to leave his home after Kimberlin contacted his wife’s employer, reports that a known Kimberlin associate reached out last year to the criminal computer hacking ring known as Anonymous. The same individual is also reportedly linked to the violent Occupy Wall Street movement.

In America no activist group or nonprofit corporation has the right not to pay taxes. But if the group agrees to abide by certain rules laid down by Congress the IRS may grant the organization a tax exemption. This privilege (that may be revoked for cause) allows the entity to avoid paying the various taxes that corporations normally pay.

When a tax-exempt nonprofit organization runs afoul of federal law by doing things it shouldn’t, the IRS may revoke its tax exemption (after which it publishes the group’s name on a running list).

In an article nonprofit attorney Stephen Fishman writes IRS “audits of public charities are meant to accomplish the following objectives.”

-Ensure that nonprofits are truly operated for public (not private) interests.

-Determine whether nonprofits are engaged in any substantial nonexempt (that is, taxable) activity, such as running unrelated businesses.

-Ensure that nonprofits protect and preserve their assets exclusively for tax-exempt purposes.

-Evaluate procedures for accounting for money paid to individuals or noncharitable organizations.

-Determine whether nonprofits pay any excessive compensation, fees, or benefits.

-Determine whether nonprofits engage in lobbying or participate in political campaigns.

-Determine whether nonprofits should be classified as public charities or foundations.

On IRS Form 13909, the Tax-Exempt Organization Complaint (Referral) Form, the tax collection agency lists grounds for yanking a group’s tax-exempt status.  One of those grounds is if:

Income/assets are being used to support illegal or terrorist activities [emphasis added]

Have Kimberlin’s nonprofits forfeited their tax-exempt status by engaging in prohibited activities?

Perhaps it’s time for some lawyers to ponder whether the Justice Through Music Project and Velvet Revolution US deserve to retain their tax-exempt status.

Note: This post was edited for clarity after initial posting. -MV

VIDEO from TV: Vadum’s update on the Brett Kimberlin saga from Sun News Network

I was on “The Source” with Ezra Levant on Sun News Network (TV) last night providing an update on the Brett Kimberlin saga.

Here’s the video clip:

(Thanks for posting the video, SDAMatt2a!)

Brett Kimberlin and the Threshold Foundation’s radical ties

What do self-described “communist” Van Jones, his good friend Arianna Huffington, radical philanthropist George Soros, the Threshold Foundation, and the Tides Foundation all have in common?

They all are connected in some way to convicted “Speedway Bomber” Brett C. Kimberlin, a man described by Michelle Malkin as “a radical, violent, lying, dangerous felon.”

Kimberlin, as blogger Liberty Chick previously reported,

spent nearly 17 years in prison after being convicted of launching a week-long bombing spree that terrorized the residents of Speedway, Indiana in the late 1970’s. One of the blasts horribly maimed a man so badly that it directly led to that man’s suicide a few years later, which was proven when the widow of that bombing victim successfully sued and won a civil judgment against Kimberlin for $1.6 million.

Kimberlin is a political trailblazer of sorts. He is a tactical innovator whose tried and true methods would have impressed the father of modern community organizing, Saul Alinsky. The late conservative Internet entrepreneur Andrew Breitbart recognized Kimberlin’s unique talents last fall, tweeting that the convicted terrorist and his confederates needed “exposure.”

Kimberlin is focusing on bullying conservatives into silence, which is the same thing that so much of progressivedom is concentrating on nowadays. But unlike Van Jones and the various Marxist agitators who have inflicted damage on conservative talk radio and innocuous groups like the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) through innuendo and smears, Kimberlin gets in his enemies’ faces. While in prison he taught himself the law. Nowadays he sues conservatives who write about him and obtains restraining orders against them – the First Amendment be damned.

Amazingly, a leading Kimberlin detractor, conservative blogger Aaron Walker, was jailed by a Maryland judge yesterday after criticizing Kimberlin.

JTMP and another nonprofit Kimberlin founded, Velvet Revolution, receive money from left-wing funders. Of course it’s their privilege to do what they want with their money even if it means funding nonprofits operated by “a radical, violent, lying, dangerous felon.” Similarly, since 1984 it has been Capital Research Center’s mission to report on and analyze what charities do with their money.

The Threshold Foundation has been in the news in recent days because the San Francisco-based philanthropy gave $20,000 in 2008 to the Justice Through Music Project, a seven year old Bethesda, Maryland-based 501c3 nonprofit entity. JTMP was founded by Mr. Kimberlin a few short years after his release from prison. (See its latest IRS Form 990 [tax return] here.) Threshold has also given $60,000 to the related nonprofit, Velvet Revolution, since 2007. (For more information on Threshold, see Bonner Cohen’s July 2006 Foundation Watch article.)

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Brett Kimberlin and the Hall of Fame of Leftist Terrorists

Here is my article from today’s Front Page Magazine:

 Brett Kimberlin and the Hall of Fame of Leftist Terrorists

By Matthew Vadum

The Left has a long history of embracing unrepentant, manipulative sociopaths, felons, terrorists, and mass murderers – anything goes, provided that they share the same political ideology.

In fairness, most liberals do not feel affection for the worst of the worst among leftists such as Mao Zedong, Joseph Stalin, Pol Pot, Che Guevara, or Peoples Temple founder Jim Jones.

But there are a few domestic radicals who have attained a kind of folk hero status in left-wing circles.

Convicted cop killer and Black Panthers member Mumia abu Jamal, would-be GOP convention bombers David Guy McKay and Bradley Neil Crowder, ACORN founder and cyber-terrorism advocate Wade Rathke, Obamacare architect and convicted swindler Robert Creamer, Earth Day booster and murderer Ira Einhorn, imprisoned terrorist lawyer Lynne Stewart, Weather Underground leaders Jeff Jones, Bill Ayers, and Bernardine Dohrn, just to name a few.

“Speedway Bomber” Brett Kimberlin isn’t famous enough yet to have a cult following on the Left but give the determined, energetic activist time. A few short years after his release from federal prison the radical leftist has been embraced by all the right people, winning grants from the George Soros-funded Tides Foundation and wealthy celebrities.

He’s earned the confidence of leftist luminaries such as Teresa Heinz Kerry and Barbra Streisand who have sent money to his activist group, the Justice Through Music Project. The seven-year-old Bethesda, Maryland-based 501c3 nonprofit entity buys into the radical environmentalist agenda, supports the goals of the Occupy Wall Street movement, and claims to have registered 100,000 people to vote. (See its latest IRS Form 990 [tax return] here.)

This Maryland resident is a political trailblazer of sorts. Kimberlin is a tactical innovator whose tried and true methods would have impressed the father of modern community organizing, Saul Alinsky. The late conservative Internet entrepreneur Andrew Breitbart recognized Kimberlin’s unique talents last fall, tweeting that the convicted terrorist and his confederates needed “exposure.”

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“The Right’s Blogger Provocateur”: New York Times profiles Andrew Breitbart

The Monday edition of the New York Times contains a profile of Andrew Breitbart.

Breitbart is the “new media” slayer of ACORN and has endorsed my book, Subversion Inc.

As Easter Sunday Approaches, ACORN Is Arisen

As I warned in Human Events and at BigGovernment, ACORN isn’t going away anytime soon.

A New York Times report confirms it.

The merry pranksters at ACORN –who mere days ago said ACORN was dissolving on April Fool’s Day– continue to believe that you are too stupid to understand the organized crime syndicate’s tricks.

Maryland Court Nixes ACORN Lawsuit

ACORN’s lawsuit in Baltimore has been dimissed for want of prosecution.

The plaintiffs failed to serve their frivolous complaint on the defendants before Maryland’s 120 day limit ran out.

ACORN and its employees sued James O’Keefe, Hannah Giles, and Breitbart LLC after O’Keefe and Giles caught the workers on video encouraging various illegal acts.

Breitbart Suggests O’Keefe Will Be Cleared?

Internet media entrepreneur Andrew Breitbart suggests James O’Keefe will be cleared — or at least I think that’s what Breitbart’s saying.

O’Keefe, who masterminded the ACORN hidden camera sting operation, was arrested earlier this week with three other young men for something or other involving the telephone system in the New Orleans office of Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.)

Does O’Keefe have evidence of some impropriety involving Landrieu, or perhaps ACORN, or both?

Is the mainstream media being set up by O’Keefe?

We’ll see.

A piece in the Washington Post suggests O’Keefe may have been running a sting against Landrieu:

[...] Conservative supporters say O’Keefe’s newest operation occurred just days ago. Federal prosecutors allege that he helped carry out a plot Monday in which two partners impersonated telephone repairmen to enter the downtown New Orleans office of Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.). O’Keefe, 25, waited inside the office and used his cellphone to record his two colleagues saying that the senator’s phone was not receiving calls, according to charges unsealed Tuesday.

Supporters say O’Keefe and his friends entered Landrieu’s office to conduct another undercover sting: to show on video that citizens trying to call Landrieu’s office could not get through. Now O’Keefe — a celebrated figure among some Republicans for his undercover sting last fall targeting the nonprofit Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) — and three other men face charges of entering federal property on false pretenses as part of a plot to tamper with the lawmaker’s phone. If convicted, they could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Michael Madigan, O’Keefe’s attorney, could not be reached to comment.

Opponents of health-care reform legislation had complained this month that they repeatedly heard busy signals when they called Landrieu’s office to register their views.  [...]

New Philly ACORN Video Proves Liberal Smear Merchants ‘Media Matters for America’ Will Slime Anyone Who Takes on ACORN

Throughout the ACORN undercover sting video saga, no one has been more willing to assassinate the character of ACORN’s opponents than the hired guns at the left-wing group Media Matters for America.

Headed by former journalist and confessed serial liar David Brock, the extremely well-funded Washington, D.C.-based defamation factory has gone out of its way to attack conservative activists James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles, online news entrepreneur Andrew Breitbart, and this website – the truth be damned.

It’s worth noting that even the New York Times describes Media Matters as a “highly partisan research organization.”

Media Matters is only interested in generating a body count and won’t let facts get in the way.

Nothing better illustrates the depths to which Media Matters is willing to sink in order to protect its allies and smear its opponents than its outrageously irresponsible commentary on the ACORN undercover video saga.

Remember that ACORN provides the “shock troops” of the left. ACORN gets the vote out. ACORN wins elections. Those Democratic politicians who don’t love ACORN fear it – and for good reason. To the establishment left, ACORN must be defended at all costs.

This helps to explain why Media Matters has lashed out so viciously at the enterprising journalists O’Keefe and Giles.

The pair have steadfastly insisted that every time they visited an ACORN office and acted out the same now-familiar scenario involving a pimp and prostitute seeking ACORN’s help in establishing a brothel, ACORN employees helped them and provided advice on their make-believe illegal plans.

With the release of the latest video today, this time showing ACORN’s Philadelphia office offering helpful advice on the finer points of lawbreaking, Media Matters has once again been shown for what it is: a relentless attack machine determined to smear conservatives at all costs.

Slime first; ask questions later.

It turns out O’Keefe and Giles were telling the truth, but barely a word of truth has escaped the lips of Media Matters and ACORN.

Now that what really happened in Philadelphia has been revealed, let’s recap and break down what Media Matters has said about ACORN’s Philadelphia story and about the undercover sting video operation in general.

In a Sept. 17 blog post titled, “Police report filed by ACORN exposes false claims by individuals behind videos,” Media Matters uncritically accepted ACORN’s version of events even after a series of damning videos showing ACORN’s illegal conduct in cities across America had already been released to the public. The Media Matters post states

However, in a newly released video, ACORN Housing Corp.’s Katherine Conway Russell directly rebuts those claims, citing a police report ACORN filed as evidence that she asked the filmmakers to leave the ACORN office in Philadelphia and called the police after the filmmakers asked suspicious questions.

The Philadelphia video shows that no one working for ACORN ejected O’Keefe or Giles from the office or asked them to leave. If the Philadelphia police complaint depicted in the blog post was actually filed, that fact still doesn’t establish much because the video shows ACORN cooperating.

If ACORN called the police, it was only after O’Keefe and Giles departed, which was long after ACORN bent over backwards to counsel the couple on establishing a brothel. The only time in the video the ACORN employee discusses the police is to assure O’Keefe and Giles that she wouldn’t call the police to turn them in.

The only false claims on record are those that have been made knowingly by ACORN and Media Matters.

Media Matters rushed to protect ACORN in a Sept. 18 blog post titled, “Wash. Post ignores ACORN filmmakers’ credibility problems,” in which the media criticism shop compounds the damage it previously tried to inflict on the reputation of O’Keefe and Giles.

The blog item claims that the Washington Post in its coverage of the ACORN video saga “ignored facts which undermined the conservative filmmakers’ credibility.”

Media Matters said

Some of the videotapes may have been taken illegally. The Post did not report that in secretly videotaping their conversations with ACORN employees, O’Keefe and Giles may have violated state criminal statutes in Maryland and California.

Media Matters can’t seem to get over the fact that rules of evidence used in courtrooms don’t apply in journalism. If a journalist smuggles a fake weapon through airport security in order to expose weaknesses in baggage screening processes, doesn’t society benefit from the enterprise? Journalism is about truth-telling, not about putting people behind bars (though if there were any justice in the world, ACORN’s leadership would be in prison).

Even if the secret videotaping was illegal, how does that single fact undermine the credibility of the filmmakers? Moreover, how is the concept of credibility even relevant here? The camera doesn’t lie. The videotapes shot by the couple show that ACORN employees were only too willing to facilitate criminal conduct. None of the ACORN workers shown in any of the videos released to date appear to have any moral reservations about helping a pimp and prostitute engage in illegal activity.

Media Matters repeats the tiresome credibility allegations Sept. 24 and jumps the shark on Sept. 27 by accusing Chris Wallace of Fox News of trying to “salvage” O’Keefe’s credibility.

In an Oct. 16 rant, Jamison Foser shrugged off the videos. “[S]ome conservative activists induced a statistically insignificant number of the organization’s low-level employees to behave badly,” he wrote. By the way, Foser is so far to the left that he thinks “Hardball” host Chris Matthews is a rabid right-winger. He refers to the TV talk show host as the “Clinton-hating, liberal-bashing misogynist Chris Matthews.” Foser used to be research director at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).

On Sept. 28, Eric Boehlert refers to the “marginal ACORN story.” Boehlert claimed on Sept. 29 the videos were “not really journalism at all.”

And then there’s this spin-doctoring from Sept. 20 and this bizarre subheading in a Sept. 22 post, “Ignoring mitigating facts, [Fox’s Megyn] Kelly previously suggested entire ACORN organization should be punished.” Is Megyn Kelly a broadcast journalist or a judge in a criminal court? What does the legal concept of mitigation have to do with journalism? Is it Kelly’s job to try to make ACORN look good?

I could go on but I think you get the point.

Finally, one of the very few items Media Matters posts about ACORN that’s worth reading is a Sept. 24 post by Boehlert in which he reposts a passage from a column by Slate.com media critic Jack Shafer. Shafer excoriates the mainstream media for ignoring the ACORN story. Boehlert highlights this passage from Shafer’s article:

The liberal advocacy group Media Matters for America complains that the ACORN videos, which aren’t a “major story,” are driving an “incomplete, misleading” media stampede.

But Media Matters is wrong. Independent news organizations, including the Washington Post, the New York Post, and the Baltimore Sun, are chasing the ACORN story not because they’ve been bamboozled by the Breitbart exposé but because the dress-up stunt has pointed them toward what could be fertile grounds for wrongdoing.

Indeed, Media Matters is wrong and this latest undercover video is a devastating blow to the George Soros-backed organization’s credibility.