John Arsenault called and we spoke about the registration of Corporations in Colorado. Mr Arsenault says this simply indicates the corporation is from another state but now doing business in Colorado. We are not experts on Colorado corporate registrations and we defer to Mr Arsenault and appreciate the clarification on this matter for us. As a result we have updated the blog to focus only on the implications for US Non-profits and electioneering. We leave screenshots above to simply illustrate what we are correcting.
Anybody who has been in the fight for Artists Rights knows that one of our biggest enemies is the astroturf group Fight for the Future. We’ve been following them for some time and have covered FFTF funding from the mysterious London Trust Media.
What we didn’t realize until yesterday is that that London Trust Media is apparently registered as a foreign corporation.
Here is the paragraph from the IRS concerning Non-profits
I am not an attorney but this would seem to make many of the activities Fight For the Future has been involved in illegal under
FEC IRS regulations. In particular a communication urging a vote against a particular candidate is off limits. Here is just one example:
Lets be clear here, Fight For The Future opposed TPP NOT because they were worried about American jobs or environmental regulations. They opposed TPP because it did not force our trading partners to weaken copyright protections for artists!!!! Regardless, this sort of position against specific candidates would seem to violate paragraphs IRS rules on non-profits. This could also would seem to put their Massachusetts non-profit status in doubt. (FACT: in an email dated May 26th 2016 I pointed out the apparent non-profit violation to Fight For The Future’s accountant and FFTF board members, yet, Fight For The Future continues to claim they are a compliant non-profit. See addendum for correspondence.)
If you’d like to help take the bad guys down I suggest you:
Write the FEC and complain about activities of this foreign corporation funding activity that urged voters not to vote for specific candidates. Ask them to investigate. They are the experts! Warning the Federal Elections Commision does not make it easy to complain about this activity. Imagine that! Refer them to this blog. This is the best I can do https://www.fec.gov/legal-resources/enforcement/complaints-process/Updated: Don’t do this it is not FEC but matter but IRS matter. As Mr Arsenault notes LTM is within it’s rights to donate to FFTF.
- Complain to the Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth. Again they don’t make it easy. What you want to do is make sure they realize you are complaining about Center For Rights in Action (This is the real name of Fight For The Future). The issue is electioneering and opposing candidates. Main Number:Toll Free: 1-800-392-6090 (within Massachusetts only)Telephone: 617-727-7030 TTY: 617-878-3889 Fax: 617-742-4528 E-mail: email@example.com
Here is the correspondence with their CPA indicating that on May 26 2016 I made them aware of the violations.