DDCSI and their predecessor group Desert Discovery Center Advocates have engaged in substantial direct lobbying of City Council and City employees, and substantial grassroots lobbying within the community. This violates their tax exemption under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
We had a 35-year veteran tax attorney who was a partner in a global Chicago law firm prepare our complaint. Its 8-pages long, with 37 pages of exhibits. The archive of both can be downloaded here. Please take the time to read it. Its not People Magazine, but its not as hard as Beowulf, and there are lots of pictures. We show you step-by-step, exhibit by exhibit, how Campana and DDCSI consistently and consciously broken the law over and over.
Here’s their IRS form 1023 asking for tax-exempt status.
- Are you a successor to another organization? *buzzz* wrong.
- Do you attempt to influence legislation? *buzzz* wrong
Here’s DDCS’s IRS form 990 asking for tax-exempt clarification
- Did you engage in lobbying activities? *buzzz* wrong
Here’s Randy Schilling, DDCSI Director of Development who makes $100/hr, at City Council on September 26, 2017, advocating for his project. This is illegal. Over and over, DDCS met and whispered and wormtongued and lobbied, and claimed tax-exempt status illegally.
When the IRS reviews our complaint, we expect they will revoke DDCSI’s tax-exempt status. We expect they will no longer be eligible to fulfill the City’s contract to design and manage the DDC, or future DDC contracts. DDCSI will likely have 5-figures in expenses and fines which may bankrupt them. Their donors will all have to file amendments to their tax returns and pay additional taxes, the in-kind donors will have to pay cash against their donations of meals and free rooms. The City Council will face an angry public that has been lied to and deceived about an open, transparent process to spend $68,000,000 in new tax collections. Linda Milhaven will have to eat her constant insults and attempts to marginalize the citizens.
We believe this is a kill shot to the DDC.
We are stating facts, with attorneys, and evidence obtained via public records requests. We are not terrorists, or hateful, or mean nasty liars. We are not uncivil. We are taxpayers working within the rule of law and will not be denied our voice.