Russell Goltz 5:10 p.m., Dec. 28
Fighting President Obama's eligibility is a lucrative venture: IRS forms reveals big revenues for United States Justice Foundation
On August 9, the United States Justice Foundation, a conservative legal advocacy group run by Superior Court Judge-elect and member of the birther movement, Gary Kreep, made a plea to potential contributors: donate money to the non-profit or the lawsuits questioning President Obama's eligibility would be dropped.
In the letter, posted on San Diego CityBeat website, Kreep notified contributors that the non-profit needed to raise $14,770 in less than 72 hours to keep the lawsuits going.
Raising that kind of cash in three days is no easy task, however, it shouldn't have been all that difficult considering the large amount of money that the United States Justice Foundation takes in each year. The foundation, which is "dedicated to instruct, inform and educate the public on, and to litigate, significant legal issues confronting America"-- one of them whether President Obama was born in the United States- has raised more than $12 million in the past seven years.
The foundation's executive director has also done quite well.
While covering Kreep's bid to become Superior Court Judge, CityBeat scribe Dave Maass released campaign finance reports showing Kreep made $174,000 at his executive director gig at the United States Justice Foundation. That is without any additional revenue from his law firm.
In the time since that report was filed, Kreep's salary, as well as revenues for the United States Justice Foundation, have only gone up.
Judging by tax records, the $14,770 needed to pursue those eligibility lawsuits was a drop in the bucket for the United States Justice Foundation.
Since 2005 the non-profit has collected a total of $12,509,280. The foundation's best years, financially speaking, didn't occur until after President Obama was elected in 2008.
In 2009, according to the 2009 tax form, the non-profit raised $4,122,231, averaging $11,293 daily, compared to $1,413,149 in revenues the year before. The following year, 2010, the foundation pocketed $3,036,267-- tax forms for last year, according to the foundation's bookkeeper, Mary Deal, have not yet been released.
It's executive director has shared in the profits. On all tax forms, Judge-elect Kreep is the only employee listed. In 2009, Kreep made a total of $184,754. He also collected $19,200 in rent from United States Justice Foundation-- he owns the building where the foundation is headquartered.
2010 was even better for Kreep. That year the lawyer received a pay raise to the tune of $221,138. The rent check collected by Kreep also went up by $7,200 to $26,400.
Mr. Kreep nor his bookkeeper were in the office on Tuesday to give an update on the August 9 fundraising drive.
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