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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.

http://www.sandiegoreader.com/documents/2012/aug/21/2009-United-states-justice-foundation-tax-forms/

http://www.sandiegoreader.com/documents/2012/aug/21/2010-tax-forms-United-States-Justice-Foundation/

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ggkreep Aug. 22, 2012 @ 2:15 p.m.

Before you start attacking people, you should get your facts straight, and you should not claim a source that does not support your allegations. The article cited by you above does NOT give a figure as to my income--it just gives areas of between $10,000.00 and $100,000.00 for each income source, as that is what the financial disclosure forms require.

You claim above that I was not in my office yesterday, which is NOT true.

You fail to mention that I telephoned you this week to inquire about the topic of your article, when you e-mailed me asking for USJF tax filings, which the USJF office provided to you. At that time, you refused to discuss the topic with me and you did NOT interview me for the article.

So much for journalistic integrity.

Gary Kreep

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Dorian Hargrove Aug. 22, 2012 @ 3:17 p.m.

Hi Mr. Kreep,

I did not "attack" you. This piece was in response to your recent plea for money to continue your lawsuits.

Your income was listed on the 990 forms, so, I'm not sure what you mean by your comment. If you'd like to see where I got those figures check the 990 forms you sent me and submitted to the Internal Revenue Service.

I called your office yesterday. The lady that answered said you were not there. So, unless she was wrong, my statement was accurate.

You called and asked if this was another "hit piece." This was before you sent the 990 tax forms, which are public information by the way. I didn't ask you about the forms because I had not seen the forms yet. I wrote the story after reviewing them.

Thanks for your comment!

--Dorian

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Dorian Hargrove Aug. 22, 2012 @ 4:11 p.m.

Correction: After reviewing the article, I changed Mr. Kreep's income that he listed on his campaign finance disclosure, as mentioned in CityBeat. This, however, has nothing to do with the amount he claimed on the foundation's 990 tax forms. I apologize for the confusion.

--Dorian

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