March For Our Lives Obtained Non-Profit Status Pretty Damn Fast

032318 I wish Obama had taken your guns - March for Our LivesThe news that the March For Our Lives had been set up as a 501(c)4 hit the news cycle a week or two ago.

It was set up by various professional political activists and lobbyists and was registered by an incorporation clearinghouse outfit:

The March for Our Lives Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) “social welfare” nonprofit organization, was registered on March 8 with the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, records show. The action fund lists its business address in Encino, Calif., and its agent as CT Corporation System, a D.C.-based firm that offers agent, incorporation, and corporate business compliance services.

Jeri Rhodes, an associate executive secretary for finance and administration at the Friends Committee on National Legislation, a group that “lobbies Congress and the administration to advance peace, justice, opportunity, and environmental stewardship,” is also listed as the action fund’s executing officer and governor on its registration. Rhodes previously served as chief financial officer for Greenpeace.  (Washingto Free Beacon 03-21-18)

The president is Deena Katz, a Hollywood producer and media requests for comment have been answered by a Hollywood Public Relations company with ties to George Clooney.

Nowhere in the web of professional social justice warriors listed with this organization is anyone from Parkland.

However, what is most interesting to me is how fast they got their non-profit status.

The Parkland shooting happened on February 14th, but by March 8th the March For Our Lives Foundation was set up and ready to go.  Do Katz and Rhodes have the IRS on speed dial?

Fun fact: When you donate to this organization, half of it is going to Gabby Gifford’s gun grabbing group Everytown.

Money is being routed through The Action Network (non-profit donation laundering site) and is shared by Everytown. Here’s the text from their website:

Your contribution will benefit March for Our Lives Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization. Contributions or gifts to March for Our Lives Action Fund are not deductible for federal income tax purposes as charitable contributions. All donations are made to support March for Our Lives Action Fund’s general mission and aren’t designated for any specific political candidate or race.

One has to go read their “FAQ” to find out Everytown is taking a cut:

You can make tax-deductible contributions to support the March for Our Lives movement and student-led activism by supporting the March For Our Lives Initiative at Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund.
Checks should be made payable to: March For Our Lives—Everytown Support Fund
Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund
PO Box 3886
New York, NY 10163

Donations are being routed through The Action Network, which is for better lack of a descriptor, a non-profit donation laundering site.

About A.P. Dillon

A.P. Dillon is a freelance journalist and is currently writing at The Tennesee Star and North State Journal. She resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Find her on Twitter: @APDillon_
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