Correct the Record Raising Funds via Unregistered Solicitor

David Brock, founder of Correct the Record, speaks at the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Ark., Tuesday, March 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

David Brock, founder of Correct the Record, speaks at the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Ark., Tuesday, March 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)


Last week, we exposed how David Brock’s pro-Clinton Super PACs, Correct the Record and American Bridge 21st Century, share office space with 12 other organizations (7 non-profits, 3 Super PACs, a professional solicitor, one 527-committee, one LLC).

In this article, we will expose how these organizations obtain 100% of their funds via an unregistered Professional Solicitor, The Bonner Group.

 

The Bonner Group

The Bonner Group is one of the most successful Democrat aligned Professional Solicitors.  In February 2016, The New York Times reported that David Brock uses the Bonner Group for all of his organizations’ fundraising efforts.  In addition, the Bonner Group moved into David Brock’s headquarters in 2014.   Mary Pat Bonner, owner of the Bonner Group shares adjoining offices with David Brock.

The Bonner Group works off a 12.5% commission.  David Brock told the New York Times that the Bonner Group’s commission represented his entire fund-raising overhead.

The New York Times also stated that working off a commission is, “considered unethical by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, partly because it can encourage abuses and, in the charity world, places self-gain over philanthropy.”

 

Professional Solicitors are Required to Register in 39 States and Washington DC

Nolo.com reports the following:

“All but 11 states have laws requiring nonprofits to register before soliciting in their state. If you don’t register (or renew your registration) in a state where you are required to, you are breaking that state’s law and you could be subject to fines and other penalties. These fines can be substantial, often in the thousands of dollars. Unlike many other debts and liabilities of a nonprofit, your board of directors can be held personally liable for these fines. Many state solicitation laws provide that a nonprofit cannot reimburse its directors, officers, or employees for such fines.

However, your nonprofit’s problems with states in which it has failed to register won’t necessarily end with fines. In addition, the state may order your nonprofit to cease soliciting donations within the state until you have registered there. And, in extreme cases, the state may revoke your nonprofit’s state tax exemption. This means it will have to pay state income and property taxes. Ouch!”

This should make it clear how important it is for charitable organizations to properly register before soliciting funds.

 

The Bonner Group has some registration issues

The Bonner Group represents the entire fundraising overhead for the 14 non-profits and political organizations that David Brock has stuffed into his office in Washington DC.  Unfortunately, the Bonner Group isn’t registered as a Professional Solicitor in Washington DC.

In fact, their registration in Washington DC is currently revoked!

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The Bonner Group last registered with Washington DC as a business May 2013.  Registration lasts for 2 years in DC, so they’ve been revoked since May 2015.

However, it gets worse for the Bonner Group.  While they have registered as a business with Washington DC in the past, the Bonner Group has never registered with Washington DC as a Professional Solicitor.

Considering that Washington DC has a pretty exhaustive list of requirements to obtain a Professional Solicitation License, this is concerning.

 

The Bonner Group has registrations issues in other states, too

Below is the Bonner Group’s Paid Solicitor registration for Colorado:

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While the Bonner Group does have an active registration with Colorado, they aren’t being truthful in their registration.

The Bonner Group claims to Colorado that they’ve raised $18.23 Million for 2 organizations throughout the past 5 years.  That’s false.

In fact, in 2014 alone, the Bonner Group raised $25.36 Million just for the organizations they share office space with!

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It gets worse for The Bonner Group.  On June 3rd, 2015, the Bonner Group informed Colorado that all their solicitation activities would be taking place in their office in Washington DC.

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But we know that the Bonner Group has never properly registered as a solicitor in Washington DC!


We aren’t done; it gets even worse for the Bonner Group.

On the Bonner Group’s registration renewal with Colorado, they admit that they haven’t been authorized as a solicitor in Washington DC.  They left DC out of the following list, proving the argument we’ve been trying to make this entire article!

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It gets worse for the Bonner Group.  We’ve checked every state on the list above.  For most of them, The Bonner Group isn’t properly registered.

Florida

The Bonner Group’s registration is currently lapsed in Florida.

 

Illinois

The Bonner group is not registered in Illinois.

 

Mary land

The Bonner Group is not registered in Maryland.

 

Massachusetts

The Bonner Group is registered with Massachusetts, but they failed to notify the state of most of their solicitation activities.

 

New Jersey

The Bonner Group is not registered in New Jersey.

 

New York

The Bonner Group is registered in New York, but incorrectly claims they are “Fund Raising Counsel” instead of properly identifying as a “Professional Fund Raiser”.

 

Virginia

The Bonner Group can be found in Virginia‘s Charitable Organization database, but they have never completed registration.  Their registration status is Pending.

 

 

What does this all mean?

The 14 pro-Clinton organizations that share office space are all bringing in dirty money from an unregistered professional solicitor, the Bonner Group.  The Bonner Group raises at least $25 Million a year for these organizations.  This is a big problem in itself, but it’s compounded when taken into consideration our other findings:

 

There’s a reason this site is called The Citizens Audit.  We are literally performing an audit on these organizations using information that is publicly available for anyone to see.  The IRS and FEC have completely and utterly failed in their duty to monitor these organizations.  David Brock’s organizations have been incredibly effective at influencing public opinion this election season, and they don’t even bother to follow the rules.  This needs to be exposed, and we need your help spreading the word.

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  • the1776

    Great work!

  • NoBS

    Your exposé is stunning with the back ground info to the point that this should be on the head lines. The failure of our illegitimate media is depressing to say the least.
    Mr Kerr, my humble respect to your journalistic integrity.

    • Andrew Kerr

      Thank you! Given the subject matter, I was worried I would be branded as a partisan hack.

      Well… who knows, I may be by some!

      • NoBS

        Those who use the truth as a weapon will get blood splatter. A sad reality of today’s spoon fed media narrative.
        Respect my young verbal soldier, for you have worked hard to retrain intellectual dignity.
        Which is why the left must attack the messenger, deflection for denial is the only weapon required for subjugation and control.

  • David1917

    Wow! Thank you. Who will prosecute them?

  • QwertyForm22

    With this in mind, the real question is who is the Bonner Group soliciting to get those first dollars?

    • Andrew Kerr

      This. The only way we can find out is if the government performs a full audit. There’s only so much information available for public review.