Smiling at me
Nothing but blue skies
Do I see
Lyrics from the song Blue Skies recorded by Ella Fitzgerald a long time ago.
Easier to pull teeth than delve into the financial records of LPDOC/ILPDC, but sooner or later they will come to light.
Another “charitable” organization or PAC depending on viewpoint is Blue Skies Foundation, formerly known as Wind Chases the Sun.
In a previous blog I’ll have to hunt through the blog archives to find a comment was made detailing Russell Means “charitable” activities related to the Treaty School, not surprisingly very little of it actually went to what could be referred to as substantive funding of the school or charitable activities…lot of “expenses” claimed for promotional and fundraising activities, travel, etc.
There seems to be the same pattern emerging when viewing the 2012 990 forms of BSF,when you compare them to those of Russell Means and his Treaty School/charitable works.
And the reason for the name change escapes me – maybe they’ve come to an understanding of Peltier’s reputation and want a little separation, kind of like SB stated in reference to lpdoc/Ilpdc….. a little distance because he is aware of their “reputation”.
In 2012 they spent something like $133,000 on the Bring Leonard Home Concert, stuffing money down a rathole for all the good it did.
Another $50,000 on yet another “walk”, $7,000 for a “documentary”, and the overly generous and praiseworthy amount of $6,000 in charitable giving to tribal members.
$133,000 on a concert, an investment by all accounts that failed to pay the expected dividend.
As SB has stated he was reimbursed for his personal expenses related to this concert I wonder if he would be willing to list them to kind of help the rest of us understand and appreciate the logistics.He’s certainly not obligated to as he has no “charitable” status I am aware of.
You know, appearance fees, transportation, lodging, travel, etc for the performers?
What of those who promote concerts, what monetary value do they attach to their time, and to what degree are they compensated?
A little hard to believe it would all be gratis when you consider the AIM “celebrities” are routinely compensated for putting in an appearance, you could ask Vern Traversie and others about that.
If I’m not mistaken I think the story goes the concert came out in the black, if so I’m curious who wound up with the profit? Did it go to lpdoc/Ilpdc and how much?
This setting up an entity as being charitable seems to be fairly easy, and kind of trendy – I might have a go at it – maybe collecting donations to create habitat for bigfoot, or to advocate for the rights of chickens who are raised to be slaughtered and put on someone’s table.
Seems no less viable to me than collecting donations for thugs.
If so I pledge to direct the majority assets to the stated purpose – bigfoot and chickens, not the least.
And I won’t give myself a paid position or per diems, nor engage in any form of nepotism….honest injun!