Joshua R. Simmons 
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Re: “Charity Case

How the hell did the Bohemian NOT disclose that there is a 501c3 and a 501c4 organization? Neither mentioned in the article nor was it shared with the tax professionals interviewed, otherwise their responses would be very different. This amounts to journalistic malpractice at best, and a hit job at worst.

The Bohemian failed to note that there is a 501c3 and 501c4 corporate entity, "Rebuild North Bay Foundation" and "Rebuild North Bay" respectively. The latter is totally allowed to engage in lobbying.

That changes everything. And, as the Bohemian rightly points out the Press Democrat has fallen short on disclosing its relationships here, I'm bummed to also see the Bohemian fall short of journalistic ideals. That's not completely damning, but it's not OK.

However, there is legitimate criticism of the Rebuild North Bay organizations buried in the remains here. For instance, why has the 501c3 foundation spent so little in direct charity, even on things they put directly in their mission statement? There were 3 well moneyed charitable organizations in the wake of 2017, and only 2 put that money to work.

Again, not damning, but also not OK.

So here we are: there's a lot of big and small things that have gone wrong here. But the real story is FAR less shady than this article makes it out to be.

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Posted by Joshua R. Simmons on 11/23/2019 at 8:18 AM

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