Thursday, February 24, 2011

Schaumburg Flyers evicted from village's baseball stadium -

The Schaumburg Flyers baseball team is being evicted from Alexian Field for owing hundreds of thousands in unpaid rent and fees, leaving a hole in a minor league schedule and questions about the likelihood of fielding a new hometown team.

village has the right to negotiate with other teams, and Village President Al Larson said representatives of existing teams and investors who'd like to start a team have expressed interest.

Schaumburg Flyers evicted from village's baseball stadium -

Belvidere Family Y changes leadership, member fees - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Big changes at the Belvidere Y.

Feb. 1, John Kaufield, president of the Y’s board of directors, began working as its interim CEO — just days after Bill Holsker was terminated.
“We’ve got to put out a search for a new CEO,” Kaufield said. “We need to get the message out that there is a change. The Y is in a spot like other nonprofits. We’re being squeezed with a loss of revenue and increasing costs.”

effective March 31, the Y is nixing its fully subsidized kids membership program, which served more than 915 Boone County youths in 2010 and 1,050 Boone County youths so far in 2011.

Click on the following for more details:  Belvidere Family Y changes leadership, member fees - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Americans for Prosperity |

Watchdog’s Comment:  Will America become Koch Brothers, Inc.?

Americans for Prosperity was founded by David H. Koch of Koch Industries. Koch and his wife, Julia, are major GOP contributors: They have donated more than $2 million to federal candidates and party organizations since 1990, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. Koch also ran for vice president on the Libertarian Party ticket in 1980, and currently serves on the board of the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank, according to his biography on the AFP website.

The group’s president is Tim Phillips, a Republican campaign strategist who helped organize tea party protests. Directors of the organization include Art Pope, a former North Carolina congressman, and James Miller, former chairman of the Federal Trade Commission and budget director under President Ronald Reagan.

AFP is registered under the IRS code as a 501(c)(4) — meaning it does not have to disclose its donors.

AFP is affiliated with the Americans for Prosperity Foundation, which operates from the same address and with the same president and senior staff. The foundation is a public charity registered under the IRS code as a 501(c)(3) — meaning that donations to it may be deducted from the donor’s taxable income. Its donors also need not be publicly disclosed. In late August, 2010 the New York Times reported that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee had filed a complaint with the IRS accusing the AFP Foundation of abusing its tax-deductible status by running TV ads that it claimed were inherently “political in nature.” The AFP called the complaint without merit, and said it had raised money from 70,000 individual donors, according to the Times.

The Washington Post reported that the group "plans to spend more than $45 million targeting more than 50 House districts and half a dozen Senate races in key battleground states

Click on the following for more details:  Americans for Prosperity |

This is being paid for by a IRS 501 c 4 Corporation which is tax exempt.

As stated in the Americans for Prosperity’s December 31, 2009 audited statements, AFP is a 501 c 4 corporation under the Internal Revenue Code and is exempt from taxes.


Are contributions to a 501 c 4 corporation deductible:,,id=156411,00.html

Donations to Section 501(c)(4) Organizations

Contribu­tions to civic leagues or other section 501(c)(4) organizations generally are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. They may be deductible as trade or business expenses, if ordinary and necessary in the conduct of the taxpayer’s business.  How­ever, see Nondeductible Lobbying and Political Expenditures  for more information.  Also, the organization may be required to disclose that contributions are not deductible when it solicits contributions.

Donations to volunteer fire companies are deductible as charitable contributions on the donor’s federal income tax return, but only if made for exclusively public purposes. Similarly, contributions to certain war veterans organizations are deductible.  If the contributions are deductible as charitable contributions, substantiation and disclosure requirements may apply.

Americans for Prosperity

Their website is: is running the following support commercial for Wisconsin Governor Walker.


The following is taken from the IRS Code:


Although the Service has been making an effort to refine and clarify this area, IRC 501(c)(4) remains in some degree a catch-all for presumptively beneficial non-profit organizations that resist classification under the other exempting provisions of the Code. Unfortunately, this condition exists because "social welfare" is inherently an abstruse concept that continues to defy precise definition.
The general concept, however, can be expressed as follows:
Organizations that promote social welfare should primarily promote the common good and general welfare of the people of the community as a whole.
An organization that primarily benefits a private group of citizens cannot qualify for IRC 501(c)(4) exempt statute

.Local associations of employees, the membership of which is limited to the employees of a designated person or persons in a particular municipality and the net earnings of which are devoted exclusively to charitable, educational, or recreational purposes.
The statutory terms disclose that IRC 501(c)(4) embraces two general classifications:
a. Social welfare organizations, and
b. Local associations of employees.
Statutory History

Effective September 14, 1995, organizations exempt under IRC 501(c)(4) may not allow any part of their net earnings to inure to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual.
Further, insiders and organization managers may be subject to the excise tax imposed by IRC 4958 if assets or services are provided to insiders for less than fair market value. Taxpayer Bill of Rights 2, Pub. L. No. 168, § 1311(a), 104th Cong. 2d Sess (1996), 110 Stat. 1452.
IRC 501…..

Beloit Daily News

Here is connection to the Walker’s phone call.

Its political action committee gave $43,000 to Walker's campaign, and donated heavily to the Republican Governors' Association, which funded ads attacking Walker's opponent in last year's election.

Kochs also give millions to support Americans For Prosperity, which launched a $320,000 television ad campaign in favor of Walker's legislation on Wednesday and already has a website,, where more than 60,000 have signed a petition supporting his plan.

The whole phone conversation is available on this link to the Beloit Paper, click on the following:    Beloit Daily News

7 Boone County employees offered early retirement - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Watchdog’s Comment:  “Only Boone County’s County Board would approve a “retirement incentive” to someone who already retired.  After all it is only $10,000 and it is paid to a top employee of the Sheriff’s Department.”

The employees have until March 31 to sign a form expressing their intent to retire.
“When they turn this in, it’s done,” Boone County Administrator Ken Terrinoni said. “They pick their retirement date, they retire and they get their incentive. It’s two choices: We pay the employer share of the single health insurance for three years and they still pay the employee share, or (they get) $10,000.”

Only seven employees have shown an interest and are eligible for the incentives, including one person who has retired since the proposal came forward in the fall.

Click on the following for more details:  7 Boone County employees offered early retirement - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

The Koch Brothers' Vast Right-Wing Media Conspiracy | Mother Jones

[Koch’s] semiannual shindigs, which began in 2003, as an "opportunity for attendees and presenters to discuss ways of preserving and advancing economic freedom in the United States and to share ideas about the free-market principles that have made our country great." The guest list for last weekend's meeting is still under wraps, but the June 2010 event in Aspen drew a who's who of conservative media stars; Besides Beck, there were Philip Anschutz, owner of the Examiner newspapers and the Weekly Standard; Charles Krauthammer, syndicated columnist and Weekly Standard contributor; Stephen Moore, Wall Street Journal editorial board member; and Ramesh Ponnuru, senior editor for The National Review

[think-tanks and foundations that have benefited from the Koch's largesse.] Competitive Enterprise Institute, Cato Institute, Manhattan Institute , Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy (PRI),

Click on the following to read the entire article:  The Koch Brothers' Vast Right-Wing media Conspiracy | Mother Jones

Koch’s “Americans for Prosperity”


Neither Koch brother is on this 501 c 4 corporation board.  However Tim Phillips who is President of Americans for Prosperity Foundation is also President of Americans for Prosperity.

All of this information was obtained at:

The proper name of the organization for search purposes is:


Reg. Number:


Audited statement as December 31, 2009 are available at the above database.




The primary purpose of this organization is “educate citizens”


Koch’s “Americans for Prosperity Foundation”

The Koch Brother’s involvement with Wisconsin Governor Walker and the anti-union movement for state workers is now fairly well document.  Here is some information available based upon the Illinois Attorney General’s data base for charities.

All of this information was obtained at:

The proper name of the organization for search purposes is:


Reg. Number:



Audited statement as December 31, 2009 are available at the above database.



As shown by this filing brother, David E. Koch, is Chairman of the Americans for Prosperity Foundation.


Income for the five years ending December 31, 2009 is shown below.  2009 income were a high of $10.4 million the average



Koch Brothers’ Money Fuels Wisconsin Fight -

Mr. Phillips did not mention was that his Virginia-based nonprofit group,[Americans for Prosperity ] whose budget surged to $40 million in 2010 from $7 million three years ago, was created and financed in part by the secretive billionaire brothers Charles G. and David H. Koch.

State records also show that Koch Industries, their energy and consumer products conglomerate based in Wichita, Kan., was one of the biggest contributors to the election campaign of Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, a

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