I’ll say this on behalf of unhinged crowd at Conservative New Jersey for whom the destruction of the Bayshore Tea Party is the pinnacle of their daily desires and sleeping dreams: they are nothing if not absolutely determined to ignore the facts and continue to weave a gossamer fabric of distortion, innuendo, insinuation and outright falsehood. Though I have previously dubbed these renegades “Neo-Jacobins,” I’m beginning to wonder just how dedicated they are the Conservative Movement in light of a recent Asbury Park Press editorial that excoriates the Tea Party Movement with much the same vitriolic fervor they have been attacking the Bayshore group.
The principal antagonist in this Javert/Valjean redux is CNJ contributor Rob Eichmann who, it should be noted, is a volunteer for NJ State Senator Michael Doherty. Interestingly, Mr. Doherty – who is well aware of Eichmann’s on-going campaign of libel and defamation – has yet to utter a single word of public disapproval, bringing to mind an old Latin aphorism: qui tacet consentire videtur (He who is silent is assumed to consent). Frankly, were I in Mike Doherty’s place, I’d have cut Eichmann loose a long time ago for the simple reason that he is the conservative movement’s answer to the village idiot.
In his latest screed, published on August 5, Eichmann once again takes liberties with both facts and logic in a desperate – but ultimately doomed – effort to tar brush the Bayshore Tea Party as some sort of “front” for a shady, corrupt, criminal enterprise. Were the accusations not outright libelous, they would be outright laughable and I suppose when the truth finally settles on a sufficient number of eyes and ears, the laughter will be sufficiently loud to overcome any future inanity expressed by CNJ or its resident jesters.
Eichmann’s indictment can be distilled to five points:
- The Bayshore Tea Party is a fictitious entity and in reality is a “for profit” corporation whose real name is The Dynamic Begins, Inc.
- As the “Bayshore Tea Party Group,” The Dynamic Begins, Inc. engaged in political and election-related activities before and after incorporation as a “for profit” entity during which time they incurred expenses for which they solicited and collected donations.
- Because they collected and then spent monies for political and election-related activities, they are required by law to file reports with the FEC and NJELEC but so far have not done so.
- As there is no accounting for the funds collected and spent by the “Bayshore Tea Party Group,” it follows that shady and underhanded activity is taking place and these people are trying to stay one step ahead of the authorities.
- We know this because “They are pulling down web pages, denying they ever existed, they are blocking the downloading of videos, and their resident apologist makes crazy claims that their May Day Money bomb video was, well, just a parody and they weren’t soliciting for money and did not claim that it would be used to ‘Sway State Legislative Elections.’ “
Eichmann concludes:”It also opens up the door for the New Jersey Department of Consumer Affairs to take a look at their activities in addition to the FEC and NJELEC. It appears their actions, behaviors, and on the record denials are all designed to keep them one step in front of an investigation by any or all of the agencies listed above.” Oy.
Without any further ado, let’s see just how easy it is to demolish a tale told by the village idiot:
The Bayshore Tea Party is a fictitious entity and in reality is a “for profit” corporation whose real name is The Dynamic Begins, Inc.
As I explained previously: before November 4, 2010 the Bayshore Tea Party was a loose confederation of private citizens engaged in the exercise of their First Amendment rights. On November 4 they incorporated in order to become a legal entity on a “D/B/A” basis – as many individuals and groups routinely do. In this case “The Dynamic Begins, Inc.” is known publicly as “The Bayshore Tea Party.” There is nothing fictitious about this arrangement in any way, shape, matter or form and for Eichmann to argue otherwise is to admit that his ignorance is actually stupidity.
It should be noted for the record that March 10 of this year the Bayshore Tea Party filed with the Internal Revenue Service to create a 501(c)(3) entity titled the “Bayshore Tea Party Foundation, a NJ Nonprofit Corporation.” On May 13 the IRS acknowledged the request and advised that the final determination could take upwards of a year to make.
As the “Bayshore Tea Party Group,” The Dynamic Begins, Inc. engaged in political and election-related activities before and after incorporation as a “for profit” entity during which time they incurred expenses for which they solicited and collected donations.
Prior to incorporation, the BTPG was little more than an assembly of private citizens exercising their First Amendment rights using their own money or gifts of resources given to them by Americans for Prosperity. After incorporation, the BTPG continued to remain a private entity.
What Eichmann does not understand is that a private, “for profit” entity can solicit and spend all the donations it chooses to in pursuit of whatever political agenda it embraces. So long as it files its properly completed tax returns on time and does not engage in illegal activities, the IRS couldn’t care less what it says or does.
Because they collected and then spent monies for political and election-related activities, they are required by law to file reports with the FEC and NJELEC but so far have not done so.
The FEC and the NJELEC require that only political candidates, political committees and in some cases others who pay for political activities, file reports documenting their income, expenses and fund balances.
That said, under no circumstances whatsoever does the BTPG have to answer to, or file reports with the FEC or NJELEC for any activities it engaged in as a private, tax-paying entity prior to May 13 of this year. Period. End of story – and to insist otherwise is to bray like a jackass and be heard as such.
Moreover, despite its status as a pending 501(c)(3) group, BTPG is still free to engage in partisan political activities so long as it does not do so in its capacity as a tax-exempt organization. This arrangement is a common one among conservative (and liberal) advocacy groups, which often also have 501(c)(4) political action committee status.
As there is no accounting for the funds collected and spent by the “Bayshore Tea Party Group,” it follows that shady and underhanded is taking place and these people are trying to stay one step ahead of the authorities.
According to Barbara Gonzalez and Bob Gordon, “The BTPG presents regular financial statements to its members at all regular meetings and invites any member in attendance to present questions or comments. The income and expense reports required by the IRS and the state of New Jersey have been and continued to be filed on a timely basis under the guidance of legal and tax professionals. According to correspondence received from the IRS and the State of New Jersey, the financial affairs of the Bayshore Tea Party Group are in order.”
We know this because “They are pulling down web pages, denying they ever existed, they are blocking the downloading of videos, and their resident apologist makes crazy claims that their May Day Money bomb video was, well, just a parody and they weren’t soliciting for money and did not claim that it would be used to ‘Sway State Legislative Elections.’ “
Eichmann concludes his indictment by jumping from the ridiculous to the outright absurd by claiming that web pages are being pulled down, videos are being blocked and denials are being issued about all these activities – but offers not one shred of proof to substantiate his allegations. Needless to say, Barbara Gonzalez and Bob Gordon emphatically and categorically deny these ridiculous assertions.
As for the infamous May Day Money Bomb video parody: I can only hope that Rob Eichmann is the only one at CNJ stupid enough to take this hilariously funny parody at face value.
So whaddya say, Mike Doherty? Do you really want to have this asshat in your amen corner? Or will you show some of that integrity we’ve been hearing so much about since you defeated Marcia Karrow and punt this idiot into the bleachers?
You can’t have it both ways.