Friday, April 6, 2007

Money for Nothing

Ethan Jacobs of Bay Windows does a splendid job of exposing the financial dealings of Massresistance, Article 8, Parent's Right Coalition, et al. Should we be shocked that Brian Camenker's assortment of groups have failed to submit the necessary financial information to the government? Ethan reports that they submitted some documentation in 2006:

At the end of last year Camenker’s Parents’ Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that under IRS regulations can do public education work but only minimal lobbying, filed its first Form 990 with the IRS, which is publicly available on the website of the non-profit web resource Guidestar. The MassResistance website tells potential donors that those who want to make a tax-deductible donation to their efforts can make a donation to the Parents Education Foundation.

According to the 990, the Parents Education Foundation took in more than $80,000 in revenue from mid-2005 to mid-2006. That figure was the highpoint in the organization’s history; the year before it raised only about $22,000, and the year before that it took in just $8000. In 2002, the year Camenker founded Parents education Foundation, the organization raised just over $32,000.

The article goes on to say that the money this hate group generates goes mainly into Camenker's own dirty pockets. Oh, and the "volunteer" named Amy , she rakes in $6,000 a year from her 10 hours a week (is that a new definition of volunteer? Is volunteer even defined?)

The Massachusetts Secretary of State's office requires groups like the Parent Education Foundation (the "educational" part of Brian's groups) to file annual reports yet, as Jacobs reports, Camenker's group failed to file those reports in 2003 and 2004.

Don't you think its about time the Massachusetts Secretary of State looked into this matter?


Anonymous said...

Why are they getting paid as they seem to enjoy doing what they do so much. I am also surprised that Contrada has only claimed 10 hours as she obviously spends little time dusting her furniture.

Marcie said...

She could use that $6000.00 to buy over 1000 cans of Pledge to help her dust or have a maid come in once a week @ $100 to clean her filty house and she'd still have money left.

Anonymous said...

Didn't Camenker claim on two separate occasions that a benefactor had given them $30,000 in matching funds for people donating. My calculation says that is $120,000. My, my, is someone lying or is it an exaggeration. I sent them a donation once, 1/2 cent. I had to cut a penny in half to do it. Figured they could get the other half from their matching buddy. Yes Brian that was me up here in Nashua.....