Skip to comments.Profitable not-for-profits (tax dollars fund high life tax-free)
Posted on 12/07/2012 5:34:54 AM PST by Liz
New York pols turn non-profits into personal piggy banks with tax dollars.
* Queens state Senator Shirley Huntley steered $30,000 to her niece; Huntley was arrested and lost reelection.
* Ex Brooklyn councilman Larry Seabrook was convicted of funneling $1.5 million to his mistress, his sister, two brothers and other pals through a network of nonprofits.
* Ex Bronx state senator Pedro Espada was convicted of looting $545,000 from his federally funded health clinic for vacations, lavish parties...and $1 million to cover his legal fees.
* Ex Queens assemblyman and powerful labor leader Brian McLaughlin stole $3.1 million from public and private enterprises.....and got 10 years in prison.
*....an unlicensed counselor accused of sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl, testified he ripped off his Hasidic Brooklyn charity and spent donations on tuition and at BMG Corset & Lingerie, and other stores...
(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...
Just because an entity is called a non-profit; does NOT mean that ‘employees’ do NOT get high wages!
There are just no ‘owners’ to distribute ‘profit’ to!
His predecessor Mark OConnell made $494,045 in his last year on the job. That doesnt count the $1.6 million he collected in a one-time retirement bonus to supplement his $106,000-a-year pension.
This kind of crap is why I keep all my donations local.
And that does not include the United Way. They take your money, skim off a generous amount for themselves and give the remainder to whoever, which might be an organization you’d never donate to otherwise.*
I’d much rather donate directly to a local organization I’m familiar with.
*Any kind of Republican organization has the same problem, IMHO. Donate directly to the candidates of your choice.
1) Set up a "non-profit".
2) Appoint your kids and grandkids, along with kids and grandkids of relatives and friends, as trustees and managers.
3) Money donated to the "non-profit" is tax-deductable.
4) Money invested by the non-profit grows tax-free.
It's a scam that can benefit your descendents for generations.
Ask a highly educated twenty-something what they want to do in life...”Do research for a non-profit.” IOW, “I don’t want to work.”
You take your deduction starting the 501c3 an then you can spend the money on all your pet projects, driving honest people crazy passing legislation to nanny them about. Presently Queen Melinda is promoting abortion in Africa. Hail Melinda, Full of Money, Catholic Mom. It's a power rush, because once you have money past all imagining all you want to do is boss people around and make them prostrate themselves before Queen Melinda and her courtiers, Bill and Warren.
Kings bow, Popes flatter you, Jon Stewart grovels...itsawonderfullife...and you develop an arrogance so obnoxious that only people you pay highly can stand to be near you. How true, the steroid-fed camel can't get through the microscopic needle...
I happen to know a couple of these types. One started a non-profit then used the money he "donated" to send himself on cruises and safaries in the name of "science." LOL. The other started a documentary studio so that she could rub elbows with Hollywood types and impress them with her "social activism."
Go to PBS.com's "Orthodox in America" web page. An eye-opener.
The religious Othodox community is a storied group infamous for swindles and criminal financial fraud.
REFERENCE The Jewish Week of New York periodical ran the story that rocked the upstate NY Orthodox community of Kiryas Joel-- --an Orthodox enclave, governed by Orthodox residents, but nevertheless financed by US taxpayers. The Orthodox created a one-district school for so-called "disabled children" which gave them access to millions in US govt tax dollars.
Jewish Week reported that Federal agents converged on the Orthodox Hasidic enclave and arrested nine men, and later charged 14 people with a total of 68 counts of swindling $$$millions from individuals, from banks, insurance companies and the US government.
A two-year federal investigation revealed the swindlers created an elaborate web to carry out multiple frauds in order to obtain govt benefits and to swindle tax dollars. The swindles were carried out using non-existent people using fake identities, fraudulent SS nos, and phony tax ID numbers.
The schemes included:
<><> obtaining millions in fraudulent federal SBA loans,
<><> defrauding banks using counterfeit checks,
<><> multiple schemes to defraud life insurance companies, and,
<><> credit card fraud stemming from an alleged Ponzi/pyramid scheme.
The frauds began in 1996, using a sophisticated system of telephone voice-mail accounts and post office boxes to avoid detection. The defendants face a range of charges including racketeering, money laundering, wire fraud, making false statements and bank fraud.
PBS-TV's series "Orthodox in America" reported that since the days of LBJ, Orthodox were designated "disadvantaged minorities" by the US govt and given privileged access to multiple govt prograns.
Oftentimes news organs run stories about competing Orthodox groups fighting among themselves---but the internecine warfare is all about which sect controls the millions of our tax dollars that flow to these "disadvantaged minorities."
Vote-crazed politicians trip all over themselves to side with one sect or the other.
Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera (D-Bronx) (voted out of office) used her tax-funded nonprofit as a personal ATM, establishing a pattern of racketeering, conspiracy and collusion.
Rivera calculatedly used the non-profit: (1) to wine, dine and weekend w/ her lovers, (2) to bed down w/ tax-paid employees, (3) to give non-profit monies to her son and other relatives, and, (4) to illegally siphon off tax-free non-profit tax revenue for her election campaigns.
Rivera steered hundreds of thousands of tax dollars ostensibly to "help the poor" in the poverty-stricken Bronx slum---to the do-nothing non-profit "Bronx Council for Economic Development," controlled and tax-funded by the Rivera crime family.
From all the investigative reporting to date, we know the Rivera family is a collusive, tight-knit coterie of political operatives in the crime-laced latino uderworld.
Naomi's son GianCarlo Fret, 29, raked in tens of thousands of tax dollars in non-profit jobs----and pocketed suspiciously odd amounts from non-profit coffers that appear to be supporting a "habit."
Giancarlo was a $22,335 student assistant at the NY Dept of State in 2008 and part of 2009.
At that time, the NY State Dept was run by Lorraine Cortez-Vazquez, a former president of the Bronx-based non-profit "Hispanic Federation." The non-profit Federation scored an astounding $22 million in public funds (what they admit to). Cortez-Vasquez was also a board member of Naomi's non-profit---the do-nothing Bronx Council for Economic Development.
Naomi Rivera paid-off her son's live-in girlfriend; Rivera hired Ebony Rubio as a "constituent liaison" in her tax-funded legislative office, paying Rubio up to $27,063 a year between 2008 and 2010, records show.
Ebony Rubio also got a suspicious-sounding $700 in 2007 from Riveras campaign war-chest and another $60 in 2008 from the Democrat partys treasury controlled by Naomi's father, Jose Rivera (also a state legislator and Dem party boss).
State legislator Jose Rivera gave his grandson an odd-sounding $1,675 in "consulting" fees between June and July from the non-profit Bronx Democratic Trustees Committee, controlled by Jose Rivera.
Giancarlo also got a financial windfall as a $10.34 an hour temporary clerk at the non-profit Bronx Board of Elections 2004-2005; his uncle, Naomi's brother, Joel, is married to Valerie Vazquez, director of communications and public affairs for the govt agency---the NYC Board of Elections.
Another Rivera brother, Joel, 27, is the majority leader of the New York City Council and the chairman of the councils Health Committee.
Mother Blanche Rivera is the district manager of Community Board 6 in the Bronx.
Father Jose Rivera is a state assemblyman, representing District 78 in the Bronx, and the ex-Bronx Democratic Party chairman.
Brother Rodney Rivera declared bankruptcy but he had a high-paying job---and continued to work for the Nassau County Executives Office with a salary hike to $62,400 until the end of January 2007. He then got a job with county govts Office of Housing and Intergovernmental Affairs. In Sept 2007, he got a $65,000-a-year job gathering news clippings for the state Senates Democratic Conference but was fired in April 2010.
Rodney now works as special assistant for state govts Dept of Environmental Conservation.
Rodney Rivera lied in bankruptcy filing, records show. Rodney told the federal government he was flat broke and jobless when he filed for bankruptcy in 2004 even though he had a $46,000-a-year govt job with Nassau County, according to public records.
In his June 14, 2004, Chapter 7 filing, Rodney Rivera was debt-ridden, looking to wipe out $25,398--consumer debt that stuck the rest of with his bills. Rodney falsified federal documents, and lied to bankruptcy court, stating he was unemployed. He checked none on a form where debtors are required to list gross income earned for two years prior to filing. Using his political connections, three months earlier, Rivera, 42, had landed a govt job, records show.
On March 15, 2004, Rivera was making $48,000-a-year as assistant to the Director of Constituent Affairs in then-County Executive Tom Suozzis office, according to records obtained by media.
Rivera whose sex-starved, scandal-scarred sister, Naomi, is under investigation by federal, state and city authorities is suspected of misusing public funds. Rodney could be prosecuted for committing several felonies by deliberately making false statements or omitting crucial financial information in bankruptcy papers.
In his bankruptcy filing, the married father of three claimed to live a stunningly economical life, with no monthly living expenses no rent, mortgage, utility, phone, medical, dental, transportation, insurance or clothing costs.
His only monthly financial obligation, Rivera claimed, was a $350 car payment. His only asset, he declared, was $500 in clothing.
Rodney Riveras wife, Jessica Letterel-Rivera, filed her own individual petition the same day, to get out from under $25,841 in consumer debt. She, too, claimed to be broke and unemployed, with no assets and no income for at least 2 1/2 years. She listed her monthly expenses as $250 for electricity and heat, $98 for her home phone, $52 for a cellphone, $1,000 for food and $630 for her car and auto insurance.
The couples Elmont, LI, home is owned by Rivera parents---his politically powerful dad, state Assemblyman José Rivera, and his mother, Blanche, district manager of Community Board 6 in the Bronx. Between the two filings, the couple listed $51,239 in debt. Both claimed to have no cash, nothing in the bank, no retirement or investment funds and no furniture, computers or other household items.
Rodney Rivera owed nearly $5,000 to Sam Ash and another music store, $14,000 on a Mitsubishi car loan and more than $6,000 to Discover and another credit card for consumer goods. His wifes debts included nearly $10,500 to Discover, $4,400 to another credit card, $7,700 to Mitsubishi, $126 to BP/Amoco and $71 to America Online. Both bankruptcies went through in October 2004.
Rodney Rivera continued to work for the Nassau County Executives Office with a salary hike to $62,400 until the end of January 2007, records show, when he then got a job with the countys Office of Housing and Intergovernmental Affairs. In September that year, he got a $65,000-a-year job gathering newspaper clippings for the state Senates Democratic Conference but was fired in April 2010.
Brother Rodney now works as special assistant for the states Dept of Environmental Conservation, raking in a $74,000 salary. Neither he nor his bankruptcy lawyer, Nancy Martorelli, returned media calls.
L/E should investigate the latino criminal uderworld---parasites undermining the US political system----perhaps falsifying official govt documents to hide the actual use of tax dollars. L/E might find the latino underworld doled out tax funds to finance drug habits, sex romps and other outrageous conduct.
The federation has ties to latino crime family nonprofits---which are corrupt political machines.
Twi$ted web of political nonprofits in Bronx, NY / By CANDICE M. GIOVE; Additional reporting by Isabel Vincent and Melissa Klein
EXCLUSIVE The dating life of Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera (ousted from office by voters) has shed light on a web of Latino nonprofits in The Bronx groups that benefit a close-knit network of political insiders as much as the community.
Rivera installed a boyfriend, Vincent Pinela, as head of the Bronx Council for Economic Development, a taxpayer-funded nonprofit he admits being unqualified to run. He alleges she used the group to fund their dates and her campaign.
But the Bronx economic council is only one nonprofit of many organized under the Hispanic Federation, which has taken in $24 million in taxpayer money since 1998. The federation has ties to almost every Hispanic lawmaker in The Bronx, including Rivera, but primarily benefits two men: political strategist Luis Miranda, who co-founded it and once served as its president, and Roberto Ramirez, a former Bronx Democratic Party boss. The men run a private political consulting firm, the MirRam Group. Its paid by the Hispanic Federation and is hired by politicians who steer taxpayer money to the nonprofit.
A NY Post investigation has found:
<><><>* The Hispanic Federation paid MirRam and Miranda Towns, a firm registered to Miranda and his wife, $681,644 between 1999 and 2008 for consulting, records show.
<><><>* In 2005, the federation paid MirRam $88,000 to survey Latinos on topics including the mayors race. At the same time, MirRam was paid $1.37 million by Fernando Ferrer, then a mayoral candidate.
<><><>* Ramirez and Miranda gave political allies jobs at the nonprofit. Ex-Secretary of State Lorraine Cortez Vazquez, who had been Ramirezs chief of staff, made more than $180,000 a year there.
<><><>* The Hispanic Federation paid MirRam $33,000 this year to lobby the City Council, records show.
<><><>* The group often pays out small amounts, from $400 to $800, to individuals without detailing why on official documents as required by law. A source in the group said these are sometimes payments for favor. "I have to pay a lady who is bringing latino seniors to a political event, the source said. They promised to send the lady to the Dominican Republic with her family in exchange for rounding up votes. An Hispanic Federation spokesman lied---and said the payments were for families of victims of American Airlines Flight 587, which crashed in Queens in 2001, or "other people in need."
Miranda launched the Hispanic Federation in 1990, the year Ramirez won an Assembly seat in Fordham. Ramirez left politics in 2000 and handed the party reins to Assemblyman José Rivera, father of sexpot Naomi, in 2002. Insiders say that if you want influence in The Bronx, you have to deal with the Hispanic Federation and, by extension, MirRam consultants. Nonprofits, for instance, pay the Hispanic Federation to do their bookkeeping.
Rivera's Bronx Economic Development council was charged $12,000 a year for Hispanic Federation services according toher boytoy Pinela. Every year, the federation throws a fund-raising gala packed with politicians---a bash at the Waldorf-Astoria last Apri1 brought out mayoral hopefuls City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Bill Thompson and New York Giant Victor Cruz.
But the blurring of a nonprofit and a consultant group means theres little or no accountability, said the source inside the Hispanic Federation. If we were helping the Little League around the corner to get bats or gloves . . . the ends justify the means, the source said. But when you are giving extra money to a senior center because they delivered people to a [political] event, its a different story.
A federation spokesman called the allegations simply untrue, saying it only provides funds for those in need of disaster relief. As for payments to MirRam, the group noted that Miranda was no longer its president and MirRam is arguably the top Latino lobbying and strategic consulting firm in our city.
(tax dollars fund high life tax-free)
ah... as I’ve said before, this is THE reason that black democrats seek political office.
It’s ubiquitous, everywhere in the country.
For some reason this came to mind. LOL
Baca's generosity is made possible by The Joe Baca Foundation, a so-called "charity" he and his family set up circa 2008 under the pretext of "aiding" local organizations. The Joe Baca Foundation is run out of the family residence by Baca's son at a publicized salary of $51,800 (could be more, much more and could include numerous perks, credit cards, expense accounts, cars, free $5 gas fillups, health benefits, and so on). NOTE: Running a foundation out of a residence usually allows the resident to evade real estate taxes.
Perhaps nowhere is the mixing of charitable and political agendas more evident than with Baca's family-run The Joe Baca Foundation. Foundation's key function is to help the self-serving Democrat and Latino separatist run a near-permanent political campaign. Joe Baca T-shirts and caps are given out at district events, where banners display Baca's name. Local newspapers highlight The Joe Baca Foundations donations, and TV stations run appearances by Baca and his family at these "charitable" functions---amounting to free publicity for Baca's election campaigns .
Baca benefits from the good will corporate-financed philanthropy generates among his voting base b/c very little of the money to finance The Joe Baca Foundation's high-profile activities comes out of Bacas pocket.
Instead, Baca appears to be engaged in multiple sub rosa activities----exchanging donations from local companies and major corporations in exchange for easy access to him. Baca's foundation donors step to the head of the line when needing Baca's assistance, and usually succeed in getting his Washington office to get the job done.
The Baca Foundation prefers not to call attention to its finances, usually underplaying its size and influence, but the list of The Joe Baca Foundation corporate donors and supporter serves almost like a road map to Bacas major legislative actions in Congress.
<><>Coca-Cola donated $40,000 as it prepared to fight a proposal to prohibit the use of food stamps to buy sugary sodas, an issue before the Congressional agriculture subcommittee conveniently headed by Cong Joe Baca.
<><>The Lewis Group of Companies, a local development firm and a frequent sponsor of The Joe Baca Foundation events, will start construction on a 2,000-unit housing project built on land that Cong Joe Baca helped deliver by steering legislation through Congress to close the Rialto Municipal Airport, the current occupant. P><><> Baca secured an infamous Congrressional earmark in the amount of $500,000 for Telacu, a local housing group that donates to The Joe Baca Foundation.
<><> Another donor to The Joe Baca Foundation is Rentech, a California-based biofuels company that wants to build a new fuel plant in Bacas district. After it made two donations, Bacas son, who serves on the Rialto City Council (after losing reelction to the Calif state Assembly), voted to endorse federal tax dollars for the project. Eeven before the company had completed the local environmental permit reviews, Cong Baca sent a letter to the US Energy Department on his office stationery urging approval of the federal financial assistance.
Cong Bacas Washington office declined to address reporter's questions about the foundation, or about positions the congressman has taken that appear to benefit donors. They do a lot of great work, said Stephen Wall, a spokesman for Baca, referring to The Joe Baca Foundation. But as far as what we do, it is separate. Bacas son, who is paid to handle administrative matters at the Joe Baca Foundation, said many of the other donors were small California businesses with no issues before lawmakers in Washington.We have always been about giving back, Baca, Jr said.
NB: The IRS has targeted non-profit foundations as RABID MONEY LAUNDRIES AND TAX EVASION MACHINES.
Cong Baca has received numerous honors for his "public service." Recent awards include:
1) the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President's Achievement Award,
2) the National Farmers Union Presidential Award for Leadership,
3) the Walter Kaitz Foundation Diversity Advocate Award,
4) the U.S. Department of Agriculture Coalition of Minority Employees Award of Excellence.
5) Latino Leaders Magazine lists Baca as one of the top 100 most influential Hispanic leaders in America,
6) ranked twelfth on the list of the top 42 Hispanics on the "Who's Hot" list,
7) there's the Joe Baca Senior Field at the Empire Center,Fontana; and,
8) the Joe Baca Field at the Rialto Boys and Girls Club.
9) Colton Joint Unified School District named the "Joe Baca Middle School" at 1640 S. Lilac Avenue in Rialto, Cali
BACA KNOWS PUBLIC SERVICE IS LUCRATIVE---HERE'S HOW HE CASHES IN
<><>In 2005, mortgage banks and finance companies gave Baca at least $2.3 million dollars.
<><>In October 2008, a charitable foundation set up by Baca received $25,000 from AmeriDream Inc, a so-called " nonprofit" housing program (did AmeriDream get earmarks?).
<><> AmeriDream's activities included providing down-payment money to unqualified buyers, a cost that was covered by home builders in the form of "donations" to the nonprofit. (NOTE Such loans--known as bridge loans--are considered illegal.) New housing legislation circa 2009 outlawed the program.
<><> Undeterred, Baca then co-sponsored a bill that would allow AmeriDream and similar nonprofits to resume arranging illegal seller-financed down-payment assistance to low-income latino FHA borrowers. Such seller-financed loans to latinos comprise one-third of the loans backed by the FHA, and have defaulted at nearly triple the rate of other FHA-insured loans, according to FHA's William Glavin.
In a self-serving news release, the latino mortgage facilitator----AmeriDream---said its "donation" to The Joe Baca Foundation was intended to "fund the purchase of gear for firefighters" in Baca's district.
<><> Local news reports say the Joe Baca Foundation gave away a measly $36,000 in scholarships in 2009.
Cong Baca's office declined to comment on the AmeriDream contribution. Baca remains resolutely opposed to strict lending rules (especially since taxpayers are saddled with the billions in mortgage defaults). "We nhighly eed to keep credit easily accessible to our minority communities," Baca said in a statement released by his office.
IRS records indicate that Baca's son, Joe Baca Jr, pockets an annual salary of $51,800 as executive director of The Joe Baca Foundation, which is run out of the congressman's Caifornia home. Joe Baca Jr. insisted he takes half of the salary listed by the IRS. No word on the amount Baca Jr pays taxes on.