View Full Version : This is strange (CeaseFirePA)

06-13-2011, 10:45 AM
I stumbled upon a story about CeaseFirePA, an anti-group that was accusing a local politician of treason (http://www.ydr.com/politics/ci_18254707) (calling him an "insurrectionist") because he asserted that the Second Amendment also exists to ensure that citizens can defend themselves from a tyrannical government.

In the article, Max Nacheman, director of CeaseFirePA claims that CeaseFirePA has 20,000 members. I call shenanigans. The Brady Campaign only has 50,000 members (http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?p=6578541) - and that's nation-wide.

Anyway, I decided to take a look at CeaseFirePA's IRS Form 990 (http://www.guidestar.org/FinDocuments//2009/710/884/2009-710884697-05b18be0-Z.pdf) to see what kind of money they take in. They stated that they received "contributions, gifts, grants, and similar amounts recieved" of $151,490 for 2008. (at the same time they paid out $133K in "salaries" - nice business model they have there, eh?)

I was curious how much of that $151K came from the Joyce Foundation, who's known for dumping absurd amounts of money into Anti groups. In 2008, the Joyce Foundation gave a 2 year grant of $350,000 to the Ceasefire Pennsylvania Education Fund (http://www.joycefdn.org/content.cfm/grant-list?GrantID=31071&GrantDetails=1).

I'm no math whiz and I have an accountant do my taxes but according to my simple math:


$198,510 which is unaccounted for. Where did that money go? Into the pockets of the Board of Directors? Campaign slush fund?

A while back I (and a few other Calgunners) thought it might be interesting to see if we could reconcile the 990s of the various Anti organizations with grant lists, etc. as I had suspicions that they were shuffling and laundering money for use in political campaigns. Now I wonder if maybe it's simply disappearing into their own pockets.

06-13-2011, 10:52 AM
What about checking the 2009 990? Just because they were "granted" the money in 2008 doesn't mean that it ended up in their accounts for the 2008 tax year.

I would like to see them get shafted by this as much as anyone, but we have to be smart about this and make sure we're investigating properly.

06-13-2011, 10:55 AM
Also, it was a 2-year grant.

$151,490(2) = $300K(ish)

06-13-2011, 10:57 AM
No 2009 990 on file yet.

The money was granted in April of 2008. Even if it is a 2 year grant that they can break up over 2 years, isn't the amount a little suspect? $151,490?

06-13-2011, 10:57 AM
I always enjoy reading the stuff you dig up JDBerger. Thanks. Isn't the IRS supposed to follow all that money and audit non-profits for this kind of stuff?

06-13-2011, 11:02 AM
If we assume the Joyce Grant was broken up into 2 installments it was most likely 150K in the 1st year and the other 190K in the second. Which is really funny because that means their 50,000 "members" gave a total of $1,490 in 2008. With "members" like that, who needs enemies?

06-13-2011, 11:25 AM
Jd, I've heard from a number of sources that the tax filings of many of these anti gun non profits have serious red flags (and these guys are not gun people, they are tax people)

Heck the Joyce foundations own directions for reporting read like a manual on how to defraud them in a way that they can avoid noticing the discrepancies.

06-13-2011, 11:34 AM
From Ajax's link in this thread: http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=393794


The money thing aside, if they are a 501c3, calling out a politician is probably not kosher.
.ETA: They are a 501c3.
.ETA2: A quick browse of their website shows they are "approving" candidates.

06-13-2011, 12:05 PM
Look here: http://www.ceasefirepa.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4&Itemid=19

Their board list shows some as 501c3, and 501c4. I'm dumb about these things, but can they be organized under both?

06-13-2011, 12:09 PM
Attack them at the ankles and watch them fall. These groups are based on so much emotion and fraud that they probably all have huge issues like this somewhere.

06-13-2011, 12:10 PM
A (c)3 can elect to do limited lobbying on legislation, but, as I recall, they still can't electioneer.

CGF has taken the election for example.


06-13-2011, 12:14 PM
The president, secretary and treasurer are the same for both organizations. It's a common setup as allows you special tax status while still enabling you to lobby.

That level of interlock is tough to do properly however as any bleed over can cause your tax status to be pulled.

My gut feeling is that they would not survive a thorough audit.

06-13-2011, 3:28 PM
The (c)3 is CeaseFirePA. The (c)4 is CeaseFirePA Education Fund.

The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence is arranged similarly. One feeds funds to the other. Often the Board Members are the same. Usually they only recieve salaries from the (c)4.

Here's CeaseFirePA's Board. (EIN 71-0884697) 501(c)3

Mr. Joe Grace is the Chief Executive @ $45k/Yr

Name Institution Affiliation
Dr. Paul Fink Private Practice Physician
Mr. Phil Goldsmith GoldsmithKahn Associates
Mr. James Higgins Private Practice Attorney
Ms. Nancy Lamason Community Volunteer
Dr. Julie Meranze Levitt Private Practice Physician
Ms. Lisa Macaulay Johnson & Johnson
Ms. Bridgette Montgomery Community Volunteer
Mr. James Sayne Community Volunteer
Sister Mary Scullion Project H.O.M.E.
Ms. Jennifer Stein Community Volunteer
Mr. Ed Tettemer Independent Marketing Consultant
Ms. Susan Burt-Collins Private Practice Attorney
Mr. Robert Eddis Community Volunteer
Mr. David Glancey University of Pennsylvania
Ms. Nancy Gordon Private Practice Attorney
Ms. Mary Beth Hacke Community Volunteer
Ms. Lynne Honickman Moms Against Guns
Mr. Ray Jones Safety Net
Dr. Keith Leaphart The Leaphart Group
Mr. Dan Muroff Independent Policy Consultant

CeaseFire PA Inc.'s Board is below. (EIN 46-0483761) 501(c)4

Ray Jones
Jennifer Stein
Robin Valicenti
Julie Levitt
Phil Goldsmith (President)
Bridgette Tobler
Margaret McCausland
Robin Valicenti
Warren Haggerty
Susan Burt-Collins
Linda Rosenfeld
Lisa Macaulay
Robert Eddis
Mary Hacke
Jim Sayne
Dan Muroff
James Higgins (Treasurer)
Joe Grace (Exec Director @ $45K/Yr)
Lynne Honickman (VP)
Nancy Lamason
David Glancey
James Higgins
Phil Goldsmith
Paul Fink

See any similar names? And Joe Grace pulls $90K for this gig.