RE: State's position on funraising
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Subject: RE: State's position on funraising Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2003 14:03:56 -0400 From: "John Sugg" <email@example.com> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org> CC: <email@example.com>
Steve, I will included your relevant comments in anything else that I write. A few quick questions: Court records show that (1) you have stated that you hid money under Your bed and (2) you didn't file income tax returns for several years. Should these facts be considered when evaluating your claims about fundraising, especially since you have never made public an accounting of your fundraising?
The IRS says that funds collected as you have must be reported as Ordinary income, unless there is a proper tax-exempt entity in place. (The IRS also said there is no special exemption from filing as you aid during the litigation -- but I'm not going to deal with that nor did I give the IRS spokesman your name or other information.) Have you reported your collections as ordinary income? Or do you have a tax-exempt entity? If neither, please explain.
"Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism." -- Hunter S. Thompson
John Sugg Senior Editor Creative Loafing Atlanta, Georgia John.firstname.lastname@example.org 404-614-1241
From: Steve Wilson [mailto:email@example.com] Sent: Wednesday, September 17, 2003 1:21 PM To: John Sugg Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org; 'Jane Akre' Subject: Re: State's position on funraising
I appreciate the more-civil tone as well as the time to adequately Research and respond to your latest inquiries.
Shown below is our reponse. For your convenience, it is also attached as a Word file.
I again appeal to your journalistic ethics and ask, regardless of what opinion you may wish to express. which is of course your right, please report our responses accurately and fairly. And who knows, in light of this new information you might even wish to re-evaluate your unfounded suspicions and the false conclusions to which we believe you led your readers earlier. ----------------------------------------------------------------------
Statement of Steve Wilson and Jane Akre
Nearly a year later, after we had well surpassed the $50,000 mark and it Was clear the battle would be longer and many times costlier than our Lawyers originally estimated, we re-evaluated our situation. In the Spring of 1999, we posted a new page on our website which said, in part:
There was no suggestion in that posting that we were destitute when we changed course and invited “all of you who will benefit from our struggle to help support us in any way you can.” The support we suggested, by the way, included more than helping with legal costs—supporters were also urged to lend their time and their talents to send messages directly to Monsanto and the mainstream media, as well as invite us to speak to interested groups.
Prior to establishing what we called The Citizens’ Fund for the Right To Know, we inquired about what legal requirements, if any, we needed to meet. Just as the Florida Bureau of Consumer Assistance states on its website today, we were told, “Individuals or groups who solicit donations for a particular individual or family in need are not required to register with the State.” We were further advised to establish a separate account for gifts received and we did so before we invited support and accepted a dime.
We did not mean to suggest we were down and out. The reference to “at a time we were just hoping to get back on our feet” was intended to convey that we had hoped the matter would have been favorably settled by the court so that we could put all of this behind us and get on with our lives on the same footing we had before the struggle began.
“Back on our feet” referred to our hope that the emotional and family turmoil caused by the suit would be over, we could both finally resume fulltime our careers with fulltime work in our field, and personal