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Minuteman consulting charity fined[The Declaration Foundation](Simcox-Minutemen)
The Washington Times ^ | December 5, 2006 | Jerry Seper

Posted on 12/05/2006 7:01:06 AM PST by SwinneySwitch

One of the charitable organizations cited by Minuteman Civil Defense Corps boss Chris Simcox on why financial accountability concerns raised by some corps members were unfounded has been fined for failing to keep its own financial records in order, The Washington Times has learned.

The Declaration Foundation, a tax-exempt charity created by conservative activist Alan Keyes, who has vigorously supported the Minuteman movement, was fined $6,500 in August and prohibited by the Pennsylvania Bureau of Charitable Organizations from soliciting donations until it becomes "properly registered."

The Aug. 18 "agreement and order," signed by Declaration Foundation Executive Director Mary Parker Lewis, a top Minuteman adviser, acknowledged that the charity made false statements in seeking to solicit donations, failed to properly administer money it had collected, and withheld documents sought as part of an "investigative subpoena."

According to the bureau, the Declaration Foundation failed over a four-year period to submit audited financial statements, gave false information when it said it did not share revenue with other nonprofit or tax-exempt groups, and misstated the truth when it said none of its officers or employees was tied to any vendor providing services or goods.

The bureau said the Declaration Foundation improperly shared revenue with the Declaration Alliance, another tax-exempt charity founded by Mr. Keyes, which also has been active in overseeing the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps (MCDC).

The Declaration Foundation is at the center of an intricate weave of conservative organizations founded by Mr. Keyes or tied to longtime Keyes associates now working with MCDC. They have served as mentors for Mr. Simcox and provided consulting and financial services for the group's fundraising and media activities.

According to Internal Revenue Service records, the Declaration Foundation reported more than $600,000 in contributions over the past two years and the....

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: alankeyes; chrissimcox; fence; immigration; keyes; mcdc; minuteman; minutemen; simcox; surprisesurprise
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"Several current and former MCDC members have questioned the whereabouts of hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations collected since the Minuteman movement began in April 2005."
1 posted on 12/05/2006 7:01:11 AM PST by SwinneySwitch
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To: Howlin

ping


2 posted on 12/05/2006 7:07:26 AM PST by Mo1 (Thank You Mr & Mrs "I'm gonna teach you a lesson" Voter ... you just screwed us on so many levels)
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To: Howlin; onyx; catholicfreeper; LS; BigSkyFreeper; Rex Anderson; Ms. AntiFeminazi; Common Tator; ...

PING!!!! I posted but it got pulled.... for duplicating.


3 posted on 12/05/2006 7:09:20 AM PST by PDR
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To: PDR
MORE

MCDC describes itself as a "project" of the Declaration Alliance. The Minuteman political action committee, which raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in political contributions this year, is formally known as the Declaration Alliance Minuteman Civil Defense Corps Political Action Committee, according to Federal Election Commission records.

Connie Hair, spokeswoman for MCDC and Mr. Keyes, said she had been asked not to talk with The Times.

... SNIP...

In interviews this week, they said the organization's first IRS filing as a 501(c)4 tax-exempt charity on Nov. 15 failed to answer many of their concerns. They said, for example, there was no accounting in the new filing for at least $150,000 in the $50 registration fees required of the 4,000 Minuteman volunteers.

Others questioned why the IRS financial statement included mention of the construction of a border fence, since the filing listed MCDC contributions and expenditures only for 2005. They noted that Mr. Simcox began the fence project in April 2006.

In a statement posted on the MCDC Web site, the group's board of directors, which Mr. Simcox heads, decided that "this year and this year only" it would make public the organization's financial records. The statement did not address the fact nonprofit organizations such as MCDC are required to file annual financial statements, which are available to the public.

4 posted on 12/05/2006 7:12:32 AM PST by PDR
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To: unsycophant; Anti-Bubba182; Amelia; MikefromOhio; Texasforever; nopardons; Registered

PING!!!!


5 posted on 12/05/2006 7:26:41 AM PST by PDR
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To: PDR

Thank for the ping.


6 posted on 12/05/2006 7:49:28 AM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: SwinneySwitch

chirp chirp chirp


7 posted on 12/05/2006 8:11:41 AM PST by Ben Ficklin
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To: SwinneySwitch
Connie Hair, spokeswoman for MCDC and Mr. Keyes, said she had been asked not to talk with The Times.

UNNNNGH.

8 posted on 12/05/2006 8:33:47 AM PST by Petronski (I just love that woman.)
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To: Petronski

I take it that pinging EternalVigilance would not be remunerative.


9 posted on 12/05/2006 9:01:27 AM PST by BeHoldAPaleHorse (Dyslexics of the world, UNTIE!)
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To: BeHoldAPaleHorse; EternalVigilance
I take it that pinging EternalVigilance would not be remunerative.

LOL

I'll do it for free.

10 posted on 12/05/2006 9:03:21 AM PST by Petronski (I just love that woman.)
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To: PDR; EternalVigilance

LMAO!!!!!


11 posted on 12/05/2006 9:09:32 AM PST by MikefromOhio (Prayers for my cousin Jeff and his family.)
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To: Mo1

made false statements in seeking to solicit donations, failed to properly administer money it had collected, and withheld documents sought as part of an "investigative subpoena."

Nooooooooo kidding?

12 posted on 12/05/2006 9:52:17 AM PST by TLI (ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA, MMP AZ 2005, TxMMP El Paso Oct+April 2006 TxMMP Laredo - El Paso)
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To: PDR; Amelia; unsycophant; catholicfreeper; Rex Anderson; Texasforever; Howlin; onyx; nopardons; ...
Interesting Video:

Fence to Nowhere?

13 posted on 12/05/2006 10:47:41 AM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Petronski; MikefromOhio; mhking
Aight gents, playas, and sumpin like pimps. Riddle me this.

Why do developments like this draw a yawn factor from me because I'm not surprised? Am I alone?


14 posted on 12/05/2006 10:53:48 AM PST by rdb3
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To: PDR; EternalVigilance; Interesting Times
The Aug. 18 "agreement and order," signed by Declaration Foundation Executive Director Mary Parker Lewis, a top Minuteman adviser, acknowledged that the charity made false statements in seeking to solicit donations, failed to properly administer money it had collected, and withheld documents sought as part of an "investigative subpoena."

Things that make you go Hmmmm. (Emphasis mine)

So, EV, let me get this straight. You posted several threads AFTER this agreement was signed vouching for the integrity of the organization and its sound operations? Sounds like you're not in the loop. Or....

Regards,

TS

15 posted on 12/05/2006 10:57:04 AM PST by The Shrew (www.swiftvets.com & www.wintersoldier.com - The Truth Shall Set YOU Free!)
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To: SwinneySwitch

A couple hundred grand tax free....

Amnesty about to be passed....


Follow the money!


16 posted on 12/05/2006 10:59:13 AM PST by BurbankKarl
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To: PDR
Connie Hair is departed FReeper 'Clinton's A Liar.'
17 posted on 12/05/2006 11:03:02 AM PST by blam
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To: The Shrew

I look forward to the explanation that this problem is unique to Pennsylvania, and that the Declaration Foundation has behaved in an exemplary manner in the other 49 states.


18 posted on 12/05/2006 11:13:45 AM PST by Interesting Times (ABCNNBCBS -- yesterday's news.)
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To: BeHoldAPaleHorse; Anti-Bubba182; Petronski
I take it that pinging EternalVigilance would not be remunerative.


19 posted on 12/05/2006 11:35:33 AM PST by BigSkyFreeper (There is no alternative to the GOP except varying degrees of insanity)
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To: rdb3; onyx
...because I'm not surprised? Am I alone?

I'm with you. I'm not surprised.

20 posted on 12/05/2006 11:37:10 AM PST by Petronski (I just love that woman.)
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To: PDR

"...the Declaration Alliance, in its 2004 IRS filing, the latest available, reported more than $1.7 million in donations. The two organizations list the same Reston, Va., address as its place of business."

Where is the Declaration Alliance's 2005 IRS filing?

The MINUTEAN CIVIL DEFENSE CORPS, INC., Form 990 (Schedule B), lists a DECLARATION ALLIANCE contribution of $112,500 in 2005.


21 posted on 12/05/2006 11:40:26 AM PST by SwinneySwitch (Terroristas-beyond your expectations!)
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To: PDR; Anti-Bubba182; Amelia; Rex Anderson; onyx; MAF; Registered; Ben Ficklin; Interesting Times; ...

$50 to any Freeper who can name ANY and/or ALL 'groups' Connie Hair has belonged to or has been spokesman for that has NOT involved in "questionable" finance reporting?


22 posted on 12/05/2006 11:51:48 AM PST by Howlin (Pres.Bush ought to be ashamed of himself for allowing foreign countries right on our borders!!~~Zook)
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To: Howlin
FR??

sw

23 posted on 12/05/2006 11:54:34 AM PST by spectre (Spectre's wife (Send Silly String to our Troops..save a life)
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To: Howlin

I can't name them all, but she seems connected to Alan Keyes' hip.


24 posted on 12/05/2006 11:54:56 AM PST by BigSkyFreeper (There is no alternative to the GOP except varying degrees of insanity)
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To: Howlin

committee for a fair judiciary?


25 posted on 12/05/2006 11:55:16 AM PST by PDR
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To: spectre

Ah, no, not that one either. :-)


26 posted on 12/05/2006 12:27:52 PM PST by Howlin (Pres.Bush ought to be ashamed of himself for allowing foreign countries right on our borders!!~~Zook)
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To: PDR

*Snort*

Coming soon??


27 posted on 12/05/2006 12:28:33 PM PST by Howlin (Pres.Bush ought to be ashamed of himself for allowing foreign countries right on our borders!!~~Zook)
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To: Howlin
I know..:)

sw

28 posted on 12/05/2006 1:12:23 PM PST by spectre (Spectre's wife (Send Silly String to our Troops..save a life)
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To: spectre

And I knew you knew.


Read my tagline, please, ma'am


29 posted on 12/05/2006 1:15:01 PM PST by Howlin (45 days to Destin!)
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To: Howlin
I read it...

sw

30 posted on 12/05/2006 1:19:07 PM PST by spectre (Spectre's wife (Send Silly String to our Troops..save a life)
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To: Howlin
And I am very JEALOUS!!

Back Porch here comes Howlin :)

sw

31 posted on 12/05/2006 1:20:59 PM PST by spectre (Spectre's wife (Send Silly String to our Troops..save a life)
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To: MikefromOhio; Howlin; Petronski

Hmm. Will we EVentually need to put pictures of the "cagey" Keyesters on milk cartons? :)


32 posted on 12/05/2006 1:49:50 PM PST by BeHoldAPaleHorse (Dyslexics of the world, UNTIE!)
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To: spectre

Crabcakes! YUM........just YUM!


33 posted on 12/05/2006 1:53:50 PM PST by Howlin (45 days to Destin!)
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To: BeHoldAPaleHorse; PDR; The Shrew; Gelato; Waywardson; Broadside; Interesting Times; Ladycalif
Welcome to modern political reality:

BUSH-CHENEY 2000 TO PAY $90,000 CIVIL PENALTY

Now, this is not a justification for DF's actions. Sounds like they deserved to be fined, and admitted as much. $6,500.00 bucks sounds about right.

But, it's harder to find a campaign or organization that HASN'T been fined for not meeting some compliance issue or another than it is to find one that has.

Google stuff like "Newt" "fines", etc. Insert the politician of your choice...you'll find a smorgasbord...

34 posted on 12/05/2006 2:05:48 PM PST by EternalVigilance (The RINO presidential field says it has "solutions"..."solutions" are solids watered down to nothing)
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To: EternalVigilance
Uh-huh. Everybody does it. Got it.

The Aug. 18 "agreement and order," signed by Declaration Foundation Executive Director Mary Parker Lewis, a top Minuteman adviser, acknowledged that the charity made false statements in seeking to solicit donations, failed to properly administer money it had collected, and withheld documents sought as part of an "investigative subpoena."

Mind explaining the boldface? Doesn't look like Bush-Cheney 2000 did anything like those two items.

35 posted on 12/05/2006 2:08:30 PM PST by BeHoldAPaleHorse (Dyslexics of the world, UNTIE!)
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To: BeHoldAPaleHorse
Mind explaining the boldface?

Already did. Try to follow along.

36 posted on 12/05/2006 2:09:39 PM PST by EternalVigilance (The RINO presidential field says it has "solutions"..."solutions" are solids watered down to nothing)
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To: EternalVigilance

You didn't explain the parts that bordered on criminality. Try to follow along.


37 posted on 12/05/2006 2:12:07 PM PST by BeHoldAPaleHorse (Dyslexics of the world, UNTIE!)
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To: BeHoldAPaleHorse

Spin it however you want. That's a standard formulation that any state's oversight board is going to use in the resolution of a problem with compliance.

DF screwed up, they admitted it, they paid the fine. Wow.


38 posted on 12/05/2006 2:15:01 PM PST by EternalVigilance (The RINO presidential field says it has "solutions"..."solutions" are solids watered down to nothing)
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To: EternalVigilance; Petronski; MikefromOhio; Howlin; Registered

Got it. Everyone does it. Never mind the part about not responding to subpoenas--everybody does that. Never mind the part about misleading donors--everybody does that, too.

BTW...

Where's the fence?


39 posted on 12/05/2006 2:19:53 PM PST by BeHoldAPaleHorse (Dyslexics of the world, UNTIE!)
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To: BeHoldAPaleHorse
Where's the fence?

Ask George W. Bush. He's the Commander in Chief, sworn to protect America. After six years, you'd think he could have done something.

40 posted on 12/05/2006 2:22:28 PM PST by EternalVigilance (The RINO presidential field says it has "solutions"..."solutions" are solids watered down to nothing)
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To: EternalVigilance

But he didn't promise a fence; your boys did.

I'm guessing the fence is DOA.


41 posted on 12/05/2006 2:24:08 PM PST by Howlin (45 days to Destin!)
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To: EternalVigilance
George Bush did not solicit donationsfrom the public with the purported intent to build a fence. You folks did.

So where is the fence that you folks promised?

42 posted on 12/05/2006 2:26:27 PM PST by BeHoldAPaleHorse (Dyslexics of the world, UNTIE!)
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To: BeHoldAPaleHorse
Right.

Apparently the only thing that Bush-Cheney did was "failed to include that activity in disclosure reports filed with the Commission."

I don't see anything in there about misleading donors OR making false statements or withholding documents.

43 posted on 12/05/2006 2:26:45 PM PST by Howlin (45 days to Destin!)
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To: Howlin
I don't see anything in there about misleading donors OR making false statements or withholding documents.

But EV says that's what they do. You trust EV and Alan Keyes, right?

44 posted on 12/05/2006 2:28:22 PM PST by BeHoldAPaleHorse (Dyslexics of the world, UNTIE!)
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But he didn't promise a fence...

Oh, really?

President Bush Signs Secure Fence Act

45 posted on 12/05/2006 2:28:39 PM PST by EternalVigilance (The RINO presidential field says it has "solutions"..."solutions" are solids watered down to nothing)
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To: All
This thread needs some
46 posted on 12/05/2006 2:32:17 PM PST by COEXERJ145 (Just one day without polls would be nice.)
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To: Howlin
"Ours is a nation of immigrants. We're also a nation of law. Unfortunately, the United States has not been in complete control of its borders for decades and, therefore, illegal immigration has been on the rise. We have a responsibility to address these challenges. We have a responsibility to enforce our laws. We have a responsibility to secure our borders. We take this responsibility seriously."

- President George W. Bush

47 posted on 12/05/2006 2:32:20 PM PST by EternalVigilance (The RINO presidential field says it has "solutions"..."solutions" are solids watered down to nothing)
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To: EternalVigilance

Oh, that. Well, the fence is there, and allegedly funded. Now, of course, a new Congress might pull the funding for the fence, as is well within their authority to spend (or not spend) money.

Where were all those votes that were guaranteed to flow to Republicans and ensure a GOP majority in both houses if he adopted the Secure Fence Act?


48 posted on 12/05/2006 2:32:45 PM PST by BeHoldAPaleHorse (Dyslexics of the world, UNTIE!)
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To: BeHoldAPaleHorse
Where were all those votes that were guaranteed to flow to Republicans and ensure a GOP majority in both houses if he adopted the Secure Fence Act?

The votes were there, for those with the brains to get 'em, and for those who don't talk out of both sides of their mouths.

49 posted on 12/05/2006 2:36:25 PM PST by EternalVigilance (The RINO presidential field says it has "solutions"..."solutions" are solids watered down to nothing)
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To: EternalVigilance

Doesn't say one word about a fence in there.

That's yet another promise "your people" have made and not delivered on.


Where's the fence?


50 posted on 12/05/2006 2:47:21 PM PST by Howlin (45 days to Destin!)
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