February 20, 2016
Lights Out for the Brady Campaign and Hillary Clinton
By William A. Levinson
I broke the back of the anti-Second Amendment Million Mom March in 2000 by exposing its use of 501(c)(3) tax-exempt money to endorse House candidates on its Apple Pie Award web pages. The organization crumpled up when columnist J.R. Labbe published the information I sent her and was later found to have filed a highly creative Form 990 tax return in which the organization told the IRS that it had spent no money to influence legislation. The organization liquidated in 2001, and the current Million Mom March is not the same corporate entity.
I also noted in an American Thinker piece:
I was doing a Google search on the Brady Campaign to see if it had had other "issues" with tax exempt money, and found http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/archive/index.php/t-177729.html
which says it's actually two different organizations.
The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence is a 501(c)(3). Donations are tax deductible, so no lobbying.
OTOH The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence is a 501(c)(4). Not tax-deductible.
This is NOT, however, evident from the Web pages that endorse political candidates.
The one on the left takes you to https://secure.bradycampaign.org/page/contribute/center-enough which says "Thank you for your donation to the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, our 501(c)(3) *Donations to the Brady Center ARE eligible for tax deduction."
So I think it is fair to say that they are responsible for any confusion here. In fact, their page for the "Brady Center" has the logo of the "Brady Campaign" on it. However, I donÕt want to tell people that the 501(c)(3) entity is misusing tax exempt money if this is not the case regardless of the responsibility for the confusion.
Even if the Brady Campaign is 501(c)(4) and the Brady Center is 501(c)(3), the propriety of the manner in which they present their information is highly questionable.
The Brady Center is not hosted on a separate Web domain and, in fact, http://www.bradycampaign.org/bradycenter
"All information © 2016 Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence"
and in fact http://www.bradycampaign.org/legal-action-project is copyrighted not by the 501(c)(3) Brady Center, but by the 501(c)(4) Brady Campaign. (The same goes for the other Brady Center Web pages.)
This is far from Brady's only diversion of its tax-exempt resources into political campaigns, as shown by the list below. These links are all on the Brady Campaign's own website and cannot therefore be dismissed as fabrications or internet rumors. Those who cannot learn from their own history are doomed to repeat it, and this should be the end of the line for the Brady Campaign itself rather than just the Million Mom March.
On another note, a search on the IRS's Exempt Organizations Select Check for "Brady" shows that the tax exemptions of literally dozens of local chapters have been revoked for the following reason:
William A. Levinson, P.E. is the author of several books on business management, including an annotated edition of Henry Ford's My Life and Work, as well as manufacturing productivity and quality.
Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/02/lights_out_for_the_brady_campaign_and_hillary_clinton.html#ixzz40imu8G6o
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