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Email of the Day

Jim Burroway

March 23rd, 2012

I still see huddling homosexuals. Send money.

Starting Monday I am going to have to start making some tough decisions about which bills to pay — and which programs to put on hold. This weekend is the last chance for you and I to hit our goal.

I know we’ve come so far already — you might be tempted to say “close enough.” But we are still over $30,000 short of our goal… money that Public Advocate desperately needs.

Last year I was forced to spend more than ever to hold off the Radical Homosexual Lobby. And this yaer (sic) is shaping up to be even more active. So, if you haven’t already, please read my email below. And then prayerfully consider making a donation today.

The “email below” is a resend of this one. I predict he’ll declare victory over the huddled homosexuals on Monday

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Lindoro Almaviva
March 23rd, 2012 | LINK

Is this even legal!? As a public employee

Regan DuCasse
March 23rd, 2012 | LINK

Perhaps he should be outed to the IRS, and be subject to a big audit.
It would seem that as a public officer, there is a matter of conflict of interests or ethics practices issues at play here.
Do any of our friends live in the area this guy is serving? Hard to know what the laws are from state to state, county to county.
I’m sick of him. I really am. Him and all the other anti gay people whose use of donations would be better serving injured veterans or support for children who have no families.

The way they use money to support discrimination of people who are ALSO veterans or trying to adopt children, and laws that do NO GOOD, should appall any decent people.
At least we have legit reasons to make them stop, they don’t really have any legit reasons to exist at all.

jpeckjr
March 24th, 2012 | LINK

This man is not a public employee. His organization is private. He uses the name “Public Advocate” to imply that he represents the general public in opposing gay people.

Click on the tag at the bottom of this post to access Mr. Burroway’s archives about this man and his organization.

Is it legal what he does? Well, yes, probably, as protected speech under the First Amendment. But, mostly, he’s a fraud who has found a tricky way to make money off of people’s fears. Apparently, though, never quite enough.

A tax audit would probably come up clean. A criminal investigation might not.

TwirlyGirly
March 24th, 2012 | LINK

I’m not familiar with how to interpret the various forms/reports non-profits have to file, but perhaps someone who knows about this kind of thing can take a look at this regarding “Public Advocate”:

http://apps.sos.wv.gov/business/charities/detail.aspx?OrgID=2110

jpeckjr
March 24th, 2012 | LINK

To clarify my earlier post, this man is an elected official, serving on the Loudon County, Virginia, Board of Supervisors — a suburb of Washington, DC. Although he is probably compensated for being in that position, elected officials can be opinioned, partisan, biased, and outrageous in ways civil servants cannot. Why the voters in his district elect him is beyond explanation.

Southern Poverty Law Center does know how to read and interpret the various forms and reports. They have named his organization, Public Advocate of the United States, a hate group. There are different kinds of nonprofits / tax-exempt organizations under the IRS code. Nonprofit means excess revenues are not distributed to shareholders. Some nonprofits are not tax-exempt.

Snowman
March 24th, 2012 | LINK

Wow, so he has a job.

I thought his E-mail scam probably WAS his job…but the real question is: How many of his constituents know about it??

At least among the conservatives that *I* grew up around, borderline criminal or questionable activity (such as running a pyramid scheme or other borderline legal scam) was a good way to not get re-elected, or even elected in the first place.

But then, that WAS in the 1970′s. Even now though, I suspect people wouldn’t like getting taken for whatever he’s gotten from them…to (as far as I can tell) do nothing but make hateful shit up and pay himself an extra salary.

jpeckjr
March 24th, 2012 | LINK

@TwirlyGirl. I followed the link, and looked at the organization’s most recent audit filing with the State of West Virginia. I have 25 years of nonprofit experience, so know something about how to interpret it.

First, this organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)4 of the IRS code. That means it is trying to influence public policy and public opinion, not doing primarily charitable, religious, or educational work. It is tax exempt, but donations to it are not tax deductible. The audit notes this.

Second, their financial records appear to be in proper order. The audit seems to meet the minimal requirements of a financial audit.

I currently chair the board of a charitable nonprofit with about $250,000 in annual revenue. Our annual audit is 30 pages and much, much more detailed than this one. But, then, we’re not trying to hide anything.

Third, the percent they are spending on fundraising (officially 23%) seems a little on the high side, but not alarmingly so. Charitable groups try to keep that in the 7 – 10% range. It’s usually higher for political groups. I suspect, though, it is closer to 70% in this case and many fundraising costs are hidden in the administrative costs.

They also seem to have no or very, very few employees. Almost nothing is reported as wages and salaries. Those costs could be classified as administrative, but that’s highly unusual.

Instead, they have a contract with Mr. Delguadio’s consulting firm. It’s not all that unusual for a nonprofit to work with a consulting firm. But it does appear to be “self-dealing,” which raises ethical if not legal questions. The contract is disclosed in the audit.

Mr. Delguadio knows how to dot his i’s and cross his t’s. His appearance of propriety does not make him less disgusting or less pitiable.

The saddest aspect is that people donate to someone who is always on the brink of complete failure according to his own email fundraising messages. Despite his assertions of success, there really is no evidence this organization has been remotely effective in its lobbying efforts.

Snowman
March 24th, 2012 | LINK

Jesus, I just looked up all the articles about this guy (I started reading this site somewhere in the middle) “Long-haired, earring-pierced men??” My Gods, where did this dude get his information about gay people, repeatedly watching the “Blue Oyster” bits from the “Police Academy” movies??

About the only thing he didn’t say was that they were all wearing leather or something. Jesus. This guy is *wierd.*

I’ve never heard of, much less met an actual gay person (or any other kind of person) that even *might* fit his goofy fantastic description, and I grew up knowing a decent number of bisexual or gay people (my mom is bisexual, far as I know she always has been and I’ve always kind of known that) yet I have never met any “long haired, earring pierced men” with screechy voices, or anything like that.

Note to Mr. Delgaudio: Dude, you seem more gay than some of the gay dudes that I know. The fact that his first letter seems like it could be the plot of a porno just…doesn’t add up with everything else that he says about himself.

Neil
March 25th, 2012 | LINK

“Public records and media reports indicate that Public Advocate of the United States supports conservative – and primarily anti-gay – causes through only two activities: sending fundraising messages via e-mail and traditional mail; and paying Eugene Delgaudio more than $150,000 per year.”

Pretty much says it all on the Wikipedia entry on him.

Stephen
March 26th, 2012 | LINK

jpeckjr, thanks for the breakdown. I understand more now of how he operates and how he stays in business.

Snowman
March 26th, 2012 | LINK

@ Neil

Sounds like all the “Public Advocate” does is support Eugene Delgaudio.

At least now I know how this idiot got elected…he ran unopposed.

Those people who make a living on exploiting the loopholes in life irritate the hell out of me. I suppose I could run for some post like that, that no one seems to want and make up some bullshit charity and pay myself a big check…but the difference is I’d have difficulty looking at myself in the mirror living such a dishonest life.

Someone ought to investigate this waste of government funds (and space, and oxygen) I bet there’s something illegal or unethical to find.

Timothy Kincaid
March 26th, 2012 | LINK

Folks, the public advocate is not a real governmental office. I could call myself the United States Office of Boxturtlry but it wouldn’t mean anything.

Timothy Kincaid
March 26th, 2012 | LINK

Jpeckjr,

Thanks for so ably addressing the tax/IRS/audit issue. As one who has audited non-profits, I think it highly unlikely that he’s breaking any rules.

It is perfectly legal to ask people to send you money so you can watch homosexuals huddle. And it is perfectly legal to be so stupid that you send it.

TwirlyGirly
March 26th, 2012 | LINK

jpeckjr,

I really appreciate the time you took looking over the audits at the link I provided, and the explanations you gave. I have a much better understanding now on how he operates. I do wish someone in authority would take a closer look at ethical issue of PA contracting with his own consulting firm.

Snowman wrote:

“Those people who make a living on exploiting the loopholes in life irritate the hell out of me. I suppose I could run for some post like that, that no one seems to want and make up some bullshit charity and pay myself a big check…but the difference is I’d have difficulty looking at myself in the mirror living such a dishonest life.”

I’m with you 100% on that, Snowman. Yet, this idiot makes gay people out to be the bad guys…

Sickening.

TwirlyGirly
March 26th, 2012 | LINK

Timothy wrote:

“I could call myself the United States Office of Boxturtlry but it wouldn’t mean anything.”

Or perhaps “The United States Office of Box of Rocks Oversight”?

Timothy Kincaid
March 27th, 2012 | LINK

Twirly Girl

It is very common for a small organization – whether a small business or a one-man non-profit – to employ themself. It’s a legal way of separating ones personal life from their business venture and protecting their personal assets.

Assuming for a moment that he was legit and actually working against huddled homosexuals, he would need some legal vehicle through which to work. Donors need some entity to contribute to.

Its not only ethical, its kind of a necessity. He couldn’t just do what he pretends to do without a structure.

(and the Box of Rocks rushed off to incorporate)

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