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Judcial Crisis Network Volume 3

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Posted on September 30 2018

As previously discussed regarding Neal Gorsuch appointment to fill Justice Scalia’s seat, due to his untimely death. 

Judicial Crisis Network Volume 2. Aggregated IRS990s and change in VASCC status circa 2004 to 2010, found here. I can not emphasize enough once you have a starting point, you can easily notice the various entities and money flows. Such as it appears, 2008 was a pivotal year for Neil and Ann Corkery. As widely reported and confirmed by VA SCC filings, in 2008 Mrs. Corkery was handed the keys to WellSpring. Based on cross referencing of both JCN & WellSpring, the intersection and big money started rolling in late 2008

  

Judicial Crisis Network (JCN)

Volume 3 2010 to Present

Thanks to numerous watchdog groups, many of these organization’s IRS990 are readily available. For the purpose of this entry, let’s review the money flow. One interesting fact that is often overlooked the “classification” of organizations like WellSpring and Judicial Crisis Network, 501(c)(4). Before I dive into the money that flowed from WellSpring to JCN, let’s address JCN tax exempt status and various lobbying efforts.   

IRS 501(c)(4):

According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) a 501(c)(4) have two distinct classifications:

Social Welfare Organizationdefined by the IRS as, Civic leagues or organizations not organized for profit but operated exclusively for the promotion of social welfare. As further explained by the IRS, found here.

Local Association Employees:  ‘the membership of which is limited to the employees of a designated person(s) in a particular municipality, and the net earnings of which are devoted exclusively to charitable, educational or recreational purposes. As further defined by the IRS, here.

 

...an organization must not be organized for profit and must be operated exclusively to promote social welfare. The earnings of a section 501(c)(4) organization may not inure to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual. If the organization engages in an excess benefit transaction with a person having substantial influence over the organization, an excise tax may be imposed on the person and any managers agreeing to the transaction.

 

This particular section of the IRS (c) (3) and (4), I found particularly noteworthy:

 

Seeking legislation germane to the organization's programs is a permissible means of attaining social welfare purposes. Thus, a section 501(c)(4) social welfare organization may further its exempt purposes through lobbying as its primary activity without jeopardizing its exempt status. An organization that has lost its section 501(c)(3) status due to substantial attempts to influence legislation may not thereafter qualify as a section 501(c)(4) organization. In addition, a section 501(c)(4) organization that engages in lobbying may be required to either provide notice to its members regarding the percentage of dues paid that are applicable to lobbying activities or pay a proxy tax.

 

I think one could reasonably argue that WellSpring, Judicial Crisis Network and their dozens of smaller tax-exempt organizations may have blurred the line of what’s permissible versus what’s not permissible. As the IRS clearly states, 501 (c)(4) Organizations are allowed to “lobby legislation” after an exhaustive search, I was unable to locate any “legislation”. Conversely I was able to find eight separate lobbying entries:

 

Judicial Crisis Network lobbying 2017:

Based on the United States House of Representatives LDA (Lobbying Disclosure Act) database, JCN hired the following two lobbying/law firms to lobby Congress on their behalf. The “purpose” of JCN lobbying are demoted as;

Strengthening liberty and justice in America

Support the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court

 

Capitol Counsel, LLC $120,000+

LDA Registration, February 2017 on behalf of their client Judicial Crisis Network, from what I can tell, this firm was simultaneously lobbying (perhaps in concern with) Covington Burling, the disparity in “contract” revenue it’s as great as it appears. JNC hired both firms but it appears Capital Counsel had four separate LDA disclosures of an aggregated amount of $60,000.

 Q1 2017 LDA Report shows Judicial Crisis Network paid Capitol Counsel $60,000 and the lobbying efforts were secular to the United States Senate.

Support confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

 

Similarly Capitol Counsel’s Q2 2017 LDA Report is largely duplicative of their Q1 Report, same lobbying issue and identical dollar amount. What I did find interesting is Capitol Counsel submitted a second registration statement filed on November 3, 2017 and the only deviation I found in their November 2017 filing is John Kyl magically dropped off. 

Consequently Capitol Counsel’s LDA Q4 filing had two deviations, from their previous LDA reports, this Q4 2017 Filing had the following notation:

Issues related to confirmation process.

Covington & Burling LLP $215,000

Registration February 2017, on behalf of their client, Judicial Crisis Network:

 

Q1 2017 Report, indicates JCN paid the aforementioned law firm $100,000.00 to lobby Congress on behalf of JCN:

Support the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court

 

Q2 2017  Report, JCN paid the aforementioned law firm $115, 000.00 to lobby Congress on behalf of JCN. Notwithstanding Covington & Burling concurrently filed their lobbying activity but also their “termination” with JCN.

Support the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, prepare for possible additional Supreme Court vacancy. (emphasis added0

 

 

To summarize, the Judicial Crisis Network, hired two separate lobbying/law firms to lobby the Senate for both Neal Gorsuch and “potential Supreme Court vacancy”. This “Social Welfare Organization” spent >$335,000.00 in lobbying for not one but TWO Supreme Court seats.

 

WellSpring + Judicial Crisis Network and Corkerys

As previously detailed in the following twitter thread, I cross referenced WellSpring’s IRS990 with Judicial Crisis Network’s IRS990. What I found vexing is it is clear as day that Mr & Mrs Corkery (and presumably their daughter) are functionally and fiduciarly responsible for WellSpring and Judicial Crisis Network...along with a few dozen separate 501(c)(4) 

 

 

When I say there’s a significant amount of dark money that has poured into the accounts of JCN, WellSpring and other various 501(c)(4) all of which are under the control of Mr & Mrs Corkery, that is not a hyperbolic Statement. That is a conclusion based on the preponderance of publicly available evidence. For example in this twitter thread, I highlighted tens of millions following into Judicial Crisis Network, with greater than 80% of those funds coming from anonymous individuals.

 

 

Speaking of the various Organizations controlled by the Corkerys:

Catholic Association Foundation, if you run a search in the Virginia State Corporation Commission database, I am 100% confident you will also find the same filings I did. In. 2012 Neal Corkery filed a statement of change for registered agent.  

WellSpring Committee 2014 IRS-990

This shadowy organization “donated” millions to the following 501(c)(4) Organizations, see WellSpring Committee 2014 IRS-990 filing, I refer you to pages 1, 2 and 13.

 

WellSpring “donation” to JCN represented 

Judicial Crisis Network: $6,655,000.00

Federalist Society: $235,000.00

The Catholic Association Foundation: $650,000.00

See the $5,000.00 donation/grant to the  Wedgewood Cricle Institute? Yes you guessed it, Neil Corkery is listed as the CFO, see VA-SCC 2011 Annual Filing. At some point after the 2012 filing, Wedgewood Circle Institute terminated its VA SCC Filing

 

Judicial Crisis Network’s 2014 IRS-990

This is where I noticed that it appears that nearly 90% of all funds received came from WellSpring but I noticed that JCN then donated the following amounts to the following organizations. Notice that Neil Corkery is listed & Signed Judcial Crisis Network’s 2014 IRS-990 Filing?

 

 

I’m not saying it’s money laundering but what I am saying is the best way to hide and wash dark political money is you run it through at least two 501 (c)(3) or (4) making it almost impossible to figure out where the money came from. According to the current disclosure laws and IRS Statutes: 

501(c) non-profit organizations are required to disclose their contributions to other organizations...

 

 

WellSpring Committee 2015 IRS-990:

Appears to have been the beginning of a massive anonymous cash infused into WellSpring, as in an astonishing $8,350,040.00 at this point it is unclear who (as in an individual) or what organization “gifted” millions of dollars to WellSpring, 

 

In 2015 WellSpring donated to the following:

Judicial Crisis Network $5,775,000.00

The Federalist Society $75,000.00

The Catholic Association Foundation $365,000.00

Data Trust (more on that later) $200,000.00

45 Committee $750,000.00

 

 

Judicial Crisis Network’s 2015 - IRS-990

This is when the money started pouring into the JCN coffers, what I found interesting are the cases that JCN identified the following SCOTUS cases and later intervened:

Fisher v Texas; the University of Texas’ use of race as a consideration in the admissions process violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. Link found here.

Friedrich v CA Teachers: 1) Do public-sector agency shop arrangements violate the First Amendment’s protections for freedom of speech and assembly? 2)Does the First Amendment prohibit the practice of requiring public employees to affirmatively opt-out of subsidizing nonchargeable speech rather than to affirmatively consent?. Link found here.

USA v Texas; 1) Do states that provide subsidies to persons who are granted deferred action have standing to sue because the new guidelines will lead to more persons being eligible for deferred action? 2)Is the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program arbitrary and capricious? 3)Did DAPA violate the Administrative Procedure Act by failing to go through the notice-and-comment procedure? 4) Does DAPA violate the Take Care Clause of the Constitution? Link to SCOTUS summary found here.

Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstadt (shocker Brett Kavanaugh issued a dissenting opinion for the DC CCOAS): Should a court's "substantial burden" analysis take into account the extent to which laws that restrict access to abortion services actually serve the government's stated interest in promoting health? Link to SCOTUS case summary found here.

What I found interesting is Neil Corkery stepped away from the Judicial Crisis Network and in their 2015 IRS-990 donations/grants to various entities controlled by Mr or Mrs Corkery (The Catholic Association Foundation, et al) are no longer listed. Whereas establishment GOP organizations are, such as the RAGA, RSLC..as itemized on pages 13-18, filing found here.

 

WellSpring Committee 2016 IRS-990

Based on this filing, it appears Ann Corkery stepped down and her husband Neil stepped in as the -New- WellSpring Committee President. In 2016 WellSpring received some $32,227,010.00 in “dark” and anonymous money. I’ve pulled out and highlighted the most interesting parts of their 2016 filing.

What I actually found most interesting, are the two expenditures listed on page 8 of WellSpring’s 2016 Filing. Remember how I typically reference the VA SCC database, well there reason is it is an independent database and I find it peculiar that WellSpring failed to file a change in Officers. This VA SCC link with take you to WellSpring VA SCC ID 06906903 

On page 8, of WellSpring’s 2016 IRS-900, they itemized two Contractors. For many this may not makes sense, but for me it truly make sense:

BH Group $750,000.00 for “Public Relations”

CRC aka Creative Response Concepts $600,000.00 is certainly of particular interest given the fubar that is Brett Kavanaugh  

On page 13 of WellSpring’s 2016 IRS-990 Filing, they itemized the following donations/grants to these organizations:

Judicial Crisis Network $23.454,997.00

Federalist Society $200,000.00

The Catholic Association Foundation: $755,000.00

 

Judicial Crisis Network’s 2016 IRS-990

In 2016 by far this was the most well funded “dark money” and shadowy funding I’ve detailed. Suffice to say it was a banner year for JCN, netting some $25,614,252.00 in anonymous donations. But it is once again the various SCOTUS cases that truly peaked my interest:

SCOTUS cases:

NLRB v. SW General, Inc: Do the limitations on nominees to vacant positions serving in an acting capacity under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act apply equally to first assistants who take on the position and to those who are selected by the President from within the same agency or from another agency...case summary found here.

Metal v Tam: Is the Disparagement Clause invalid under the First Amendment, case summary found here.

Murr v Wisconsin:  In a regulatory taking case, should two legally distinct but commonly owned contiguous parcels be combined for takings analysis purpose...case summary found here.

Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc v Comer: Does the exclusion of churches from an otherwise neutral and secular aid program violate the First Amendment’s guarantee of free exercise of religion and the Fourteenth Amendment's Equal Protection Clause, case summary found here.

On page 8 of Judcial Crisis Network’s 2016 IRS Filing once again  the Contractors caught my attention:

crc Public Relations (yes it is Creative Response Concepts) $3,049,615.00

BH Group $947,000.00

As you may recall on September 24th I created the Judicial Crisis Network Tango down thread and sure enough I was able to provide incontrovertible evidence that show how close the Judcial Crisis Network and CRC are:

 

 

 Given the horribly botched Kavanaugh nomination process, it should come as zero suprised the the Judicial Crisis Network, CRC Public Relations and EPPC (Ed Whalen) essentially conspired to implicate Brett Kavanaugh’s friend, I’ll refer to him at Alt-Brett as to who attacked and attempted to rape Dr Ford...at the time I was so appalled that Ed Whalen would actually implicate another person that I took the time to Archive the entire twitter thread, please see below:

 

 

And  then like a mythical Phoenix  rising from the ashes, Dr Ford came forward. Even though she was terrified, Dr Ford felt it was her civic duty to publicly speak her truth about the night that forever changed the course of her life. At the time I was so engrossed in her testimony, I had to rewind a certain exchange between Dr Ford and Prosecutor Mitchell...it was stunning. Dr Ford explained who Alt-Brett was and that she was aware of Ed Whalen trying to implicate Alt-Brett. It was stunning 

 

 

Like many I could not escape the Judicial Crisis Network ads. They saturated the DMV area since July, this ad played back to back on nearly all the channels I watch, I got so fed up, I called DirecTV and threatened to cancel our service. Like so many commuters in the DMV, the Beltway is hell. I’m pretty I waste 2.45 hours every day during the work week, so I rely on my car’s satellite radio but even then I couldn’t escape Judcial Crisis Network’s ads. It was nonstop for months.

 

 

All I know is I can’t wait for Judcial Crisis Network to be esposed as a criminal enterprise. JCN and it’s co-conspirators need to be held accountable for the cancer they have created. Dark Money free flowing into our Democracy is cancer. 

-spicy out 

 

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