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(Criminal) Blogger Behind Chamber Attack

From Fox News:

Leftist Blogger’s Criminal Past Raises Questions About His Real Intent

By Ed Barnes
Published October 19, 2010

Even before his release from prison 10 years ago, Brett Kimberlin had learned a lesson that has served him well: If you publicly accuse a well-known political figure of crimes or misdeeds — even without proof — publicity and money will follow.

Kimberlin, a convicted bomber and drug dealer, learned that lesson in 1988, when he claimed from his prison cell that he had been Dan Quayle’s marijuana dealer in college. The claim got a lot of attention because Quayle was running for vice president of the United States at the time.

Now, 22 years later, Kimberlin has taken that lesson and made unfounded accusations a profession of sorts. Using two popular leftist blogs, the 56-year-old from Bethesda, Md., has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars from the public and left-leaning foundations by promising to put conservatives he disagrees with in jail, often with offers of large rewards. So far — without success — he has called for the arrest of Karl Rove, Andrew Breitbart, Chamber of Commerce head Tom Donohue, Massey Energy Chairman Don Blankenship and other high-profile public figures.

A review of tax filings for Kimberlin’s blogs, "Velvet Revolution" and "Justice Through Music," raises troubling questions about whether his "nonprofit" operations are dedicated to public activism — or are just a new facade for a longtime con artist.

Though neither website publicly reveals Kimberlin’s role, tax and corporate documents show that he is one of four directors who incorporated the Velvet Revolution, and that he is the registered agent for the tax-exempt, non-stock company, which is registered at his mother’s house in Bethesda. In 2008, the last year for which tax records are available, Velvet Revolution took in $83,000 in gifts and contributions.

Kimberlin is also one of two incorporators of Justice Through Music, as well as a $19,500-a-year employee of the non-profit, whose purpose is to “shed light on some of the injustices of the world through music” and which took in more than $550,000 in contributions in 2008.

What those who view the blogs — and those who donate to them — aren’t told is who Kimberlin is and where he’s been. And that is a twisted story, indeed.

Kimberlin grew up in a suburb of Indianapolis where, just out of high school, he ran a large-scale marijuana operation as well as a health food store and a vegetarian restaurant. According to accounts at the time and public records, he became involved with an underage girl whose grandmother objected to the relationship and tried to take her away. When the grandmother was found shot to death in her garage, police began focusing on Kimberlin, who — possibly to divert attention — began an eight-day bombing campaign in Speedway, Ind.

That bombing spree did more than cause widespread terror in Speedway; it severely injured a man who had to have his leg amputated and who, unable to cope with the pain, later committed suicide. His widow sued Kimberlin and was awarded a $1.6 million civil judgment.

In the same period as the bombing spree, in 1978, Kimberlin was arrested in Texas while preparing to receive a plane carrying 5 tons of marijuana at a makeshift air strip he and his compatriots had scratched out of the desert. The operation was so big, it supplied marijuana to at least four states, according to authorities and local news reports at the time. To help with the operation, Kimberlin would often assume the false identity of an official from the Department of Defense.

That operation fell apart when a local printer, whom Kimberlin had asked to create a false federal ID card, reported him to authorities, and he was charged with impersonating a federal official.

After separate trials for the bombings, the drug offenses and the impersonation charges — he was suspected but never charged with the grandmother’s murder — Kimberlin was sentenced to more than 50 years in federal prison

[Kimberlin] lives in his mother’s home in Bethesda and operates the websites out of there. It’s hardly a happy place, though; Kimberlin’s mother has sued him and won a $150,000 judgment against him, and he and his wife have traded domestic abuse charges, according to local records

In the past three years, Velvet Revolution and Justice Through Music have raised more than $1.5 million. Yet Velvet Revolution hardly seems like a dynamic organization; it has had only 10 new posts in the past six months. And Justice Through Music, despite a voter registration effort that simply includes an online registration form, seems to be little more than a music website that plows through money each year

It is very likely that it is this con man and criminal who kicked off the current Democrat campaign against the US Chamber Of Commerce.

As we previously posted back in December 2009,  Mr. Kimberlin’s Velvet Revolution site began a "Stop The Chamber" campaign. Mr. Kimberlin even offered a $200,000 reward for any dirt on the CEO of the Chamber, Tom Donohue:

Stop The Chamber

UPDATE: Reward Increased To $200,000 For Information Leading To The Arrest And Conviction Of Chamber CEO Tom Donohue. Click Here For Reward Poster.

The Chamber of Commerce, under the leadership of Tom Donohue, has gone from a well respected trade organization to an extremist political organization dedicated to corrupting American democracy by elevating the profits of big corporations over the well being of the citizens they serve. The most recent example of this corrupt behavior is the Chamber’s announcement that it is spending more than $100 million to defeat initiatives to protect the environment and provide affordable health care to everyone.

The Chamber is the biggest lobbying operation in the United States, spending billions of dollars on behalf of big business over the past decade to corrupt the political system. Polluters like Big Coal, Big Asbestos, and Big Oil only need call the Chamber to stop any accountability for their toxic destruction. Wall Street banks and CEOs need only make sure that they have paid their Chamber dues to ensure that they can continue to rip off the taxpayers. And killers like Big Tobacco need only form a partnership with the Chamber to ensure that they will be given immunity from lawsuits that seek accountability for the death and sickness of millions of Americans.

Tom Donohue has turned the once respected and even-handed Chamber into an extremist organization, bragging that the Chamber gutted the Clinton tobacco settlement, killed the Clinton health care plan, and scuttled previous oversight of Wall Street and the banking system. Now the Chamber is spending tens of millions on ads and lobbyists to stop health care for all, protect polluters from accountability, and shield the financial industry from government regulation.

Not only is the Chamber lobbying and advertising against the interests of Americans, it is also committing fraud and violating campaign finance laws by creating fake astroturfing front groups, with patriotic names like Citizens for a Strong Ohio, and then illegally funneling millions of anonymous dollars into those groups to attack candidates and judges who won’t do their bidding. While this corrupts the electoral system, the Chamber persists, even when it is caught, fined and required to disclose its "anonymous" donors

So instead of just focusing on the Chamber’s alleged ‘anonymous donors,’ perhaps our watchdog news media should take at look at who is funding Mr. Kimberlin.

(Of course we fully realize that this will never happen.)

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, October 22nd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “(Criminal) Blogger Behind Chamber Attack”

  1. NoNeoCommies says:

    Kimberlin looks like a perfect fit for the left.
    Avaricious, amoral, criminal; what more can you ask for in a leftist tool?

  2. “In 2008, the last year for which tax records are available, Velvet Revolution took in $83,000 in gifts and contributions. ”

    Stupid people and their money don’t often stay together. In 2008 it seems the fabric of the two was quite loose.

  3. proreason says:

    You aren’t trying to suggest he is an different than any other Democrat / socialist, are you, Steve?

    At the heart, the entire Dimocrat/Socialist/Fascist/Statis/Communist ‘movement’ is just a massive con game to transfer money from everyone else to the criminals who run the con.

    This guy is penney ante compared to Harry Reid (and any other member of the so-called Ruling Class).

  4. mr_bill says:

    Convicted drug smuggler and bomber…its a wonder why NerObama didn’t launch his campaign in the guy’s living room.

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