The state of Arizona should say “Enough!” Far left “Protect Democracy Project” appears to be masquerading as a non-political and non-biased not-for-profit but looks more like another far-left entity taking advantage of the not-for-profit status to prevent paying its fair share in tax dollars.
We mentioned yesterday that the corruption from the Obama years is not over. It’s just beginning. The so-called “Non-For-Profit” group, the Protect Democracy Project, is now involving itself in the Arizona Senate’s audit of Maricopa County. They are connected to Obama, Soros, China, and Biden’s DOJ, and are fighting to prevent an accurate count of the valid votes in the county.
The problem with the Protect Democracy Project is that it, like so many other far-left outfits, claim a not-for-profit status but there are good arguments that this is just not the case.
Now the nonprofit Project Democracy Project, along with teams of lawyers including Hillary Clinton’s Perkins Coie, sent threatening letters to the Maricopa County ballot auditors chosen by the Arizona State Senate. Is this not interfering with official acts?
The Protect Democracy Project was one of the 24 powerful, progressive and activist nonprofits singled out in the February 4, 2021, Time article, “The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election,” which The Thinking Conservative called “The Real Conspiracy to Steal the 2020 Election and Screw the American People.”
Ian Bassin, founder of the Protect Democracy Project, who served as associate White House counsel under the Obama administration from 2009-2011, and his nonprofits are continuing their vicious, partisan activism and are, in fact, likely guilty of “interfering in the proper outcome of the election” by sending threatening letters to the auditors selected by the Arizona Senate to audit the outcome of the Maricopa County 2020 election. Bassin’s nonprofit, and the large team of lawyers it has engaged – including Hillary Clinton’s Perkins Coie, may now be crossing into the area of election interference.
Conservapedia shares this about the Protect Democracy Project:
[The Protect Democracy Project] was born in ‘early 2017’ by ‘a group of former high-level executive branch officials who served in the White House Counsel’s Office and upper echelons of the Department of Justice” from the Obama administration. Among the cohort are high-ranking officials such as Special Assistant to the President and Associate White House Counsel Michael Gottlieb, Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, and Senior Deputy Director of Operations and Director for Finance Beau Wright. Advisors to the group include a bevy of vocal Trump critics such as failed presidential candidate Evan McMullin, NYT reporter Anne Applebaum, and Jerry Taylor, President of the Niskanen Center, which has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from George Soros’s Open Society Institute. PDP’s mission statement vows that President Trump ‘must be blunted.'”
The Protect Democracy Project has the well-used, typical nonprofit corporate structure which the Democrats have utilized for decades, the marriage of a 501(c)(3) with a 501(c)(4). Linking these two corporate entities serves to allow for the obscuring of the names of donors and donor amounts; obscuring the fact that political activism and electioneering and election influencing is being conducted utilizing “charitable” dollars, which must remain apolitical; and keeping secret how much donor money, exactly, is actually going into partisan political activism and electioneering.
In other words, a 501(c)(3) – 501(c)(4) corporate platform is designed as what appears to be a sneaky, well-oiled, nonprofit political money-laundering scheme.
The two nonprofit arms, in this case, are the 501(c)(3) – Protect Democracy Project, and the 501(c)(4) – United to Protect Democracy (UPD). 501(c)(3)’s, doing apolitical charitable work, are empowered by the IRS to grant tax exemptions to their donors. This benefits Democrat-progressive millionaires and billionaires who can park money there and get a tax advantage. Then, the (c)(3) can turn around and shift monies from the (c)(3) books to the (c)(4) books – (c)(4)’s (which can not give donors tax exemption) being allowed to do political activism by the IRS. Those funds can then be secretly utilized for the most partisan, sneaky, underhanded political gambits you can imagine.
The donors, wealthy Democrat-progressive millionaires and billionaires, get the best of both worlds: tax exemption with their donor gift and the implementation of their dark and secretive, partisan “grassroots, social justice” political goals.
Here’s how they describe their ethical donation process on their website:
“Please note this contribution to United to Protect Democracy, a 501(c)(4) organization, will support advocacy work to protect democracy, and is not tax deductible. If you would like to make a donation to Protect Democracy Project, our partner 501(c)(3) organization, for educational work about protecting democracy.”
The people of Arizona and the state Senate of Arizona should immediately demand that this nonprofit and its legal henchmen be forced to cease their activities in the state – be “defeated” in their attempts to “interfere with the proper outcome of the election,” if need be through a court order.