Friday, August 2, 2013

Mark Fitzgibbons on Confidentiality

Forwarded by Patricia Evans:

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Please write to Congress and forward this information to your media contacts.  Also, if you have information that can help, send it to Free Speech Coalition’s Dick Dingman at  freespeech@mindspring.com,  (703) 356-6912, or Mark Fitzgibbons at   mfitzgibbons@americantarget.com,   (703) 392-7676.  Let them know if you wish to keep the information and source confidential, or whether they can use that information as examples.
 

MEMO
 

RE:              Another Illegal Attempt to Silence Critics of Government

 
FROM:          Mark Fitzgibbons
 
Please join the Free Speech Coalition in exposing and stopping the states from requiring the filing of names and addresses of donors as a condition for nonprofit organizations to ask for contributions and support.
 
My attached letters to the House and Senate committees investigating IRS abuses of advocacy organizations and their donors follow on to the marvelous Free Speech Coalition’s July 23 letter explaining that the California and New York Attorneys General are violating federal law about confidentiality of large donors.
 
CA and NY now tell nonprofits that register to solicit contributions that they must file their Form 990 Schedule B showing names and addresses of their largest donors.  The FSC letter asks Congress to investigate and stop this illegal conduct before it spreads to other states.
 
My attached August 1 letters add a few points, including news that broke this week involving Lois Lerner, the “on-leave” head of IRS Exempt Organizations who hid behind the Fifth Amendment when called before Congress.
 
To protect the privacy of their large donors, some advocacy organizations are choosing not to register to solicit contributions in California and New York. 
 
My letters explain the First Amendment right to ask for contributions, and how effective advocacy depends on it.  So, besides the CA and NY AGs openly attacking First Amendment rights, some advocacy organizations are forfeiting revenues.
 
Advocacy organizations choosing to register have been told by state bureaucrats that their donor information will be kept “confidential.”
 
Notwithstanding the fact that these state offices are breaking the law, “trust us” hasn’t worked. 
 
My letters also show just some of the extensive collaboration between the National Association of State Charitable Officials and Lois Lerner.  The unlawful demands for donor information by the CA and NY AGs seem to smack of Lois Lerner’s approach.  It was reported this week that Ms. Lerner may have broken the law by disclosing confidential tax information in an FEC matter involving the American Future Fund.
 
We now have brave people across the country exposing and fighting the atmosphere of fear and intimidation caused by unlawful government conduct.
 
Please write to Congress and forward this information to your media contacts.
 
Also, if you have information that can help, send it to FSC’s Dick Dingman at  freespeech@mindspring.com,  (703) 356-6912, or me at   mfitzgibbons@americantarget.com,   (703) 392-7676.  Let us know if you wish to keep the information and source confidential, or whether we can use that information as examples.
 
Thank you.
 
Mark Fitzgibbons
President of Corporate Affairs
American Target Advertising, Inc.
 
P.S.  Both the IRS and states have disclosed confidential tax information, not just about opponents of the Obama administration, but even about everyday Americans such as Martha Boneta.  Martha is the “Pitchfork Protest” Virginia farmer who took on her corrupt county government and a local environmental group (on whose board sits Hillary Clinton’s close friend, former IRS Commissioner Peggy Richardson).  Martha was then audited by the IRS, but a county official knew about the audit before Martha did.  That is probable cause of illegal conduct.
 
P.P.S.  If you haven’t read them, Free Speech Coalition’s July 23 letters are attachments to my letters below

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