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Alameda Boys & Girls Club Violates I.R.S. Rules With Contribution to Mayor Marie Gilmore’s Campaign

Newly filed election campaign statements by Alameda Mayor Marie Gilmore show that on May 16th, the Alameda Boys & Girls Club, an organization recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt non-profit, gave $250 to Ms. Gilmore’s campaign, apparently in violation of I.R.S. prohibitions against non-profits directly giving campaign contributions to political candidates.

According to its federal income tax return, Form 990, which is a matter of public record, the Alameda Boys & Girls Club is a tax-exempt corporation, granted so-called “501(c)3” status under federal law, with the taxpayer identification number 94-1312299.

The Club’s mission statement on its return reads, “to inspire and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.”

The club actively solicits donations on its website, but does not explain that contributions would be used to donate to political campaigns.

A page on the Internal Revenue Service’s website, titled, “The Restriction of Political Campaign Intervention by Section 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Organizations,” explains that:

“Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. Contributions to political campaign funds or public statements of position (verbal or written) made on behalf of the organization in favor of or in opposition to any candidate for public office clearly violate the prohibition against political campaign activity. Violating this prohibition may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise taxes.”

A notation on the page indicates that it was last reviewed or updated on July 1st, 2011.

In late 2009, then-councilmember Marie Gilmore voted in favor of a resolution to grant $1 million in Measure WW parks fund monies to the Alameda Boys & Girls Club, and loan $1 million to the Club from the City of Alameda.

11 comments to Alameda Boys & Girls Club Violates I.R.S. Rules With Contribution to Mayor Marie Gilmore’s Campaign

  • DHL

    oh my god. the threads of corruption even touch the B&G Club? Both parties in this case are corrupt and knew better: Gilmore’s campaign for accepting the monies, and the B&G Club for writing the check. More often than not, corrupt behavior is the norm in this city for those in positions of authority. Well, it’s NOT the norm for we-the-residents! Thank you Action Alameda for exposing this. We all need to demand better elected officials and those in charge of both our government and non-governmental organizations!

  • Liz Williams

    This case is in stark contrast to the corruption-as-usual norm in Alameda, isn’t it? Because, once the IRS gets wind of this, the Boys and Girls Club could lose their non-profit status. As could all other non-profits who have donated to campaigns of various city elected officials.

    Which means that, if we have the will, we can start striking back against the political machine that is Gilmore-Tam-Bonta.

    Do we?

  • Marie

    Well, I sure do. This needs to be aired out.

  • 94502

    Yes, we have the will to strike back against Gilmore-Tam-Bonta and their friends who give them money, in return for Gilmore-Tam-Bonta giving their friends money!

  • Michael

    (09-488) Recommendation to Amend the Measure WW Proposed Project List to Include a $2 Million Grant to the Boys & Girls Club for the Completion of Construction of Its Youth Development Center in Accordance with the Terms and Conditions Outlined Herein.

    Gilmore made the motion. Johnson and Tam voted for it. Matarrese and deHaan voted no.

  • Betty

    Absolutly throw-up disgusting.
    Gilmore should have given the money back.
    This mayor is certainly a piece of work.

  • Liz Williams

    IRS form 3949-A is the one to submit to alert the IRS to this sort of tax fraud. The document Michael provided above should help make the case. The Alameda Boys’ and Girls’ Club Employer ID is: 94-1312299. Go get ’em!

  • Betty

    So, Marie ended up giving the check back to George. What else has he purchased with a check he just so happened to have in his pocket. A mistake George….I don’t think so.

  • 94502

    Pay $250. for getting $2,000,000.

    “Pennies on the dollar”

    What high a high return on that $250. the B&G Club thought they had arranged!

    Until—Action Alameda saw through this scheme.

    Thank you for bringing this into the “sunshine,” as they say.

  • 94502

    “Money, money, money…..makes the world go ’round and ’round”

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