Trump Advisor Steve Bannon Took Huge Salary From “Nonpartisan” Charity While Running Breitbart News

The Washington Post reports:

Donald Trump’s chief White House strategist Stephen K. Bannon accepted $376,000 in pay over four years for working 30 hours a week at a tiny tax-exempt charity in Tallahassee while also serving as the hands-on executive chairman of Breitbart News Network.

During the same four-year period, the charity paid about $1.3 million in salaries to two other journalists who said they put in 40 hours a week there while also working for the politically conservative news outlet, according to publicly available documents filed with the Internal Revenue Service.

The salary payments are one part of a close relationship between the nonprofit Government Accountability Institute, a conservative investigative research organization, and for-profit Breitbart News. The ties between the Government Accountability Institute (GAI) and Breitbart call into question the assertions the institute made in filings to the IRS that it is an independent, nonpartisan operation, according to philanthropic specialists and former IRS officials.

Bannon launched the institute in 2012, shortly after taking the helm of Breitbart. He sought tax-exempt status from the IRS by describing the institute as an education group to help the United States and other countries maintain a “higher quality of life” through “promotion of economic freedom,” according to IRS filings.

But from its inception, the institute has been closely tied through personnel and donations to a network of nonprofit organizations that have pushed a conservative agenda, in part through highly critical reports about Clinton and the Obama administration, according to IRS filings from multiple organizations. The institute received nearly $4 million in donations between 2012 and 2014 from two conservative charities — Donors Trust and the Mercer Family Foundation.

Under federal code, tax-exempt groups known as 501(c)3 public charities must “not participate in, or intervene in [including the publishing or distributing of statements], any political campaign on behalf of [or in opposition to] any candidate for public office.”

There’s much more about the scam at the link.

  • Stev84

    Typical wingnut welfare

  • TampaDink

    Now he can triple dip.

  • Kelly Lape

    Why let the law interfere with a good scam… After all The Donald is above the law.

  • Fifth-and-a-Half Element
    • another_steve

      I love Lucy.

      My fondest memory is of my dear mama assembling the children (which included faggot me) to watch Lucy and Ethel duke it out each week.

      • Stephen Elliot Phillips

        Yeah but shes from that republican hollywood crowd like hope and crosby and reagan

  • Neon Maniac

    It’s like they drained the swamp directly into the White House swimming pool.

    • William

      The bowling alley wasn’t booked for the next four years.

    • another_steve

      I can’t keep up. I just can’t.

      It’s all chronic undifferentiated horror at this point in time.

      • JayRock

        There’s so much of it, and it’s such an endless stream of repugnancy, the public seems to just not care. Like they can’t be bothered to wrap their mind around it all.

        • Chucktech

          And that’s probably the most pernicious, if not pathetic, aspect of this grotesquerie that is the nascent Trump Administration

        • Bj Lincoln

          Drumpf and friends are counting on it. They want us so fed up with the daily crap that we just don’t care anymore. All the more reason to care a lot.

          • wayne

            After singing “Hallelujah,” Kate Mckinnon looked straight at the camera and said, “I’m not giving up. And you shouldn’t either.” I’m trying not to give up. Not looking forward to Thanksgiving dinner.

          • JCF

            {{{wayne}}}

          • Lauradskinner

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          • Nowhereman

            Upvoting yourself? How gauche! Go away, spammie.

          • JCF

            That’s one major reason Drumpf won (or “won” anyway).

        • another_steve

          I’ve entered a sort of “Monty Python consciousness.”

          So you bring me your dead parakeet and want a refund? That’s fine.

          So Trump appoints Benito Mussolini to be head of Civil Rights? That’s fine.

          “Hon, we’re out of Beefeater’s. We need to plan a visit to the liquor store.”

        • zhera

          Are we numb yet? Will we have the strength to protest when the camps start filling up?

        • Dave B

          But,…..Hillary’s emails.

          • Nowhereman

            Oh don’t worry–Jan. 21 the new special prosecutor starts working on them…

        • Stephen Elliot Phillips

          Theyre too stupid to wrap their heads around it

    • JT

      How could swamp monsters like them live without a swamp?
      http://i.ytimg.com/vi/1A-CnkZtc3s/maxresdefault.jpg

      • Xiao Ai

        I’d have voted for the SWAMP CREATURE over Drumpf. At least he had a conscience. -_-

    • zhera

      Government Accountability Institute

      Just by the name you know they’re working for the exact opposite, like NOM and FRC.

      These grifters are true opportunists and now they’re in the next administration!

  • PickyPecker
    • Christopher

      Sokka! Love him!

      Stealing!

      • Todd20036

        The original Avatar series – all 3 seasons, was absolutely classic!

        • Christopher

          “Legend of Korra” was pretty phenomenal as well.

          The subjects that they would tackle on both of those shows were amazing. VERY intelligent topics to educate young viewers.

          Can you tell I’m a huge fan of both? (I did miss Aang and Sokka in “Korra” though.)

          • MT YVR

            You know there’s a new Korra coming out that apparently deals with what comes AFTER the finale? Graphic novel and sadly not an animated series… but they’re continuing the story.

            (and I miss Iroh, he was up there next to Toph for best character lines)

  • moebym

    This pResidency will be the greatest con in American history. And over 62 million people fell for it.

    • Chucktech

      And 64 million saw through it. Big fucking deal.

    • StSean

      if only the DNC had read the signs about how badly people wanted change.

  • William

    I need a better racket.

  • Michael White

    I wonder how many who voted for the orange ass are paying attention to how his appointments are going

    • Joe in PA

      Hahahaha. Less than 1%?

    • Bared Bear

      They don’t care. They’re hoping for chaos and some kind of reset back when things were great for whitey.

    • boatboy_srq

      They are paying attention. And everything they see so far is the scr3wing of unAhmurrrrcan IslamoFascoSoshulist liebrul elites they’ve been demanding.

  • jimbo65

    Imagine if this and the news about the orange one’s charity self dealing had come out earlier. But that’s assuming that the MSM would have even bothered with it. It was all about the damn emails.

    • Jmdintpa

      exactly they were played for fools and they are fools. they have failed the nation and failed journalism

      • moebym

        I have my doubts that they were played. They were in on it.

        • Jay George

          ^That’s about where I am right now.

    • Chucktech

      Really, though, didn’t we know all about the Trump Foundation double dealing well before the election? Remember the stories of settlements and Trump portraits, all paid with Foundation money? And what the fuck good did that do?

      • jimbo65

        Yeah. And the Newsweek articles, his suspected Russian ties etc all got short coverage in comparison to the grab em by the pussy story. But the emails, aw lawdy was that horse beaten to death.

      • lymis

        Because it was reported, not as a crime, but as ego – “Look at this funny thing that Donald did, getting his charity to pay for his portrait so he could hang it on a wall! Meanwhile, let’s cover more innuendo about Hillary’s emails.”

  • canoebum

    No Vast Right Wing Conspiracy here, folks. Move along. Move along.

  • ETownCanuck

    At some point in time couldn’t the RICO Act come into play here?

    • Yes. It could come into play the day he is inaugurated. He is breaking statutes now. It is incredible what he is getting away with.

  • Jmdintpa

    doesnt matter…. nothing will be done… the laws of the land mean nothing anymore and there is not one person in a position of power that will do a damn thing about it. thanks for the media for digging all this up after the fact. the media have really failed this country and have become just as culpable in all this as bannon in my opinion. they were all googled eyed over trump and his tweets while all the shit they are touting was never investigated

    • William

      The FBI will be all over this real real soon. Believe me!

      • moebym

        Hey, look, over there! Another Hillary email! Let’s spend millions of dollars to investigate it and release a letter to the public stating that the email investigation has been reopened!

        Oh, it was just a cookie recipe. Carry on.

    • TampaDink

      The laws of the land still apply to those of us who can’t pass for white, straight, xtian, cis-males without any disabilities who voted for the orange menace.

    • Ninja0980

      After the Iraq War, I never respected much of the MSM again.

  • Chris H.

    Thanks America! But…but… emails!!!! Benghazi!!! Crooked!

  • Xxyzzxx

    But emails!!!

  • DaddyRay

    Could Canada just invade already and take us over

    • William

      Canada isn’t crazy. They don’t want this shitshow.

      • DaddyRay

        Probably right

      • Nowhereman

        True that. I live very close to the border and I can hear them driving post holes late at night…

    • Joe in PA
      • HZ81

        Slutty confession: I have been chatting with a Grindr guy who looks a lot like him. I have maple syrup ready if he ever comes over.

        • Joe in PA

          I normally like a little fur…but I could make an exception for this one. 🙂 Besides, it makes the maple-syrup-slurping so much easier. 🙂

          • HZ81

            He is a beauty. My political porn star. 🙂 I mean, just imagine him dressed as a slutty Canadian hockey player. The vapors!

        • AW

          Aww… that’s so sweet! And lucky for you.

        • Oscarlating Wildely

          Maple syrup starters, and then get dirty with some poutine. It’s less sticky but the squeaky curds make it more textural experience.

      • PickyPecker
        • Joe in PA

          Hey, no floozy-shaming buster…besides I think I’m in some pretty good company here at JMG…just saying. 🙂

          • PickyPecker
          • Oscarlating Wildely

            With glowing hearts we see thee (and me) rise.

          • JCF

            LOL

          • Joe in PA

            dayuummm.

          • PickyPecker

            embiggens nicely too. THE PIC. sheesh. get your mind out of the gutter. 😉

          • Joe in PA

            please, who do I look like, some amateur? OF COURSE I ’embiggened” it!

          • Silver Badger

            It’s my mind. I’ll keep it where I want to!

          • cheakamus

            As a Canadian, I resemble that (I wish!)

          • JT

            They should be wearing just maple leaves. There isn’t a maple leaf big enough to cover what they’ve got.

          • Todd20036

            The middle one has something going on.

            Yes, I noticed that.

          • pj

            canada is full of canadians

      • pj

        would canada be interested in a trade?

    • Oscarlating Wildely

      Canada keeps getting cooler and cooler (no snow joke) as we look more and more backassward and fascist.

      Edit to note: Only country to successfully burn down the US Capital (yes, I know, colony of Britain at the time, yada yada, but still, it’s the thought that counts.)

    • JaniceInToronto

      Hey, it’s your mess. You clean it up, eh?

      Sorry…

  • AtticusP

    62 million American voters decided to give Trump and company a license to steal.

    And these thieves are only just getting warmed up.

    The United States of America: 1776–2017.

    • Philly Mike

      But we had NOTHING to lose, right? (JIC/s)

    • Clive Johnson

      Complicating things is the great likelihood that only a small percentage of the Trumpsters will notice anything is amiss, even as the country slides into banana republic status.

      • Todd20036

        THey’ll notice if food stamps turn into block grants and SS benefits get cut, or the NRA becomes 75

        Or welfare is ended.

        But Muslims being rounded up? They won’t give a shit.

  • HZ81

    Oh, look. It’s Steve’s foot on the hose draining the swamp. I can’t believe it.

    This country is fucked. Where are my Alexis Carrington sunglasses?

  • Everyone — the MSM, the Republican Party, Congress, everyone — knows that the Trump administration will be the sleaziest and most corrupt since the Harding “teapot dome” Republican administration of 1921. They may not know that when Harding died (more likely poisoned to death by a crackpot holistic doctor after eating tainted seafood — he died at the Palace hotel in San Francisco btw, the one on Market Street) he was replaced by Coolidge in 1923 which was far more conservative than he was – the analogies to Trump/Pence are appropriate. Nothing is going to be done about this until the majority of the American public which votes grows sick of Trump- which hopefully will happen before November 2018.

    • boatboy_srq

      tRump IS the ignorant fraud Van Buren was accused of being.

    • Chucktech

      I recall, from a tour of the Palace Hotel, that his cause of death was listed as “apoplexy.”

  • DaddyRay

    But remember folks – both parties are the same

  • TMA

    It’s everyone’s obligation at this moment in our history to study Watergate. In depth. Every single aspect of it. Because we’re about to go through it all over again.

    • DaddyRay

      Follow the Money

    • Jay George

      Might not hurt to study the “nonviolent” protests of the 1960s as well.

      https://youtu.be/_JiocbchERs?list=PLsPmJnlcm_TjOHe8ztkVWqxYMyb2SmvRe

      • JCF

        The protestors were nonviolent; their opponents (w/ hoses and attack dogs and GUNS), not so much.

        • Jay George

          Yep. That’s why I put nonviolent in quote marks. The cops and the klan beat the hell out of those people. 🙁

    • DaddyRay

      Might also be advisable to study up on the rise of the Nazi Party

      • Gigi

        While at university I had a Venezuelan friend who was obsessed with the rise of the Nazi Party. We watched hours and hours of footage and documentaries about Hitler and his cronies. It was a very dark period in my life. Unbeknownst to me at the time I’m actually Jewish (I did my family tree one day for fun, that’s how I found out), but was raised Catholic. My mother’s family came from Holland (my father is Hungarian), and most of my ancestors on my mother’s side of the family were killed in concentration camps. When I see what’s happening now it feels as though I’m in an alternate universe. And when I hear people say that they stayed home, refusing to vote for Clinton because they didn’t “like her,” or voted for a third party candidate to show the Democrats a lesson, I want to scream. Look what they’ve unleashed! Trump isn’t the harmless, goofy, reality t.v. show personality that we’ve been laughing at all these years. He’s a megalomaniacal despot who thinks Putin is a good leader. Smh. (Sorry for going on…I’m feeling very defeated today.)

    • TampaDink

      Well at least brushing up on Watergate won’t be as labor intensive as studying Benghazi!!!!, since there was less investigated & fewer hearings.

  • Gigi

    And nothing will come of it. Conservatives it seems can do whatever the fuck they like and it’s no big deal. If a Democrat tries anything less serious, SCANDAL!!!!

    • Jay George

      The republican elite always gets a free pass to do whatever they want.

    • David Walker

      I am pretty sure that “no politicking of any kind ever ever ever in any possible way by any possible means” clause was written as a compromise (remember them?) so the republican’ts would vote to make 501(c)(3)s possible. Nice to see it nip them in their little butts.

  • Ninja0980

    If you’re a Republican, no big deal.
    It’s only a scandal when it’s a Democrat.

    • moebym

      Funny how when it comes to Democrats, suspicion is as good as guilt. Hillary’s a good example of this.

  • MonochromeMouse

    Interesting method of draining that swamp you have Trump just fill it with shit until it overflows.

    • DaddyRay

      He replaced the swamp with a sceptic tank

      • MonochromeMouse

        septic tanks have chemicals in them to break down shit, Trump is reinforcing the shit so that no one can get rid of it.

    • fuzzybits

      I have a feeling that shit is gonna stay put.

      • MonochromeMouse

        Exactly, it gets rid of all the old shit, and fills the swamp up with fresh new shit.

  • boatboy_srq

    There’s a pattern beginning to form in tRump’s various appointments. The appointees are able to gift the rubes successfully while thumbing their noses at conventionally-respectable behavior: IOW, they’re just like tRump. Banning, DeVos, Carson… all Ponzied, book-and-lecture-toured or otherwise double-dipped their way through Teahadistan and made a killing doing it.

    • JCF

      grift

  • DaddyRay

    This time the mess the GOP is going to make may not be fixable

    • lymis

      That’s the thing that scares me. So many people are saying, “Oh, well, we’ll just vote him out in four years,” as though that will undo the damage he’ll have done to the foundational institutions by hiring people who will purge all the competent people.

  • fuzzybits

    And to my brothers and sisters fighting in North Dakota,watch out when Trump and Myron Ebell take over. People were sprayed with freezing water the last two night causing 17 to have to go to the hospital. Trump is an investor in Ebell’s company. https://insideclimatenews.org/news/15112016/dakota-access-pipeline-protest-standing-rock-sioux-protest

    • Jay George

      They fired rubber bullets into the crowd and used concussion grenades. One protector may lose her arm, a 13 yr was shot in the face, and an older person had a heart attack. You probably know this already, but I feel the need to keep screaming it.

      • fuzzybits

        Yes and it need to be kept in the news.

    • Dazzer

      God in heaven. That’s beyond disgusting.

    • zhera

      Why the hell isn’t anything done about that? The police are waging a war on peaceful protestors. And the world just stands by and watch?

    • TuuxKabin

      I think PP posted this earlier. I’m just waiting to use it as a reply if anyone sends me a happy turkey day message.

      http://files.ctctcdn.com/4562dd16be/fadce45c-fb78-47bc-8d27-26abf822130e.jpg

      • fuzzybits
        • TuuxKabin

          Uh huh. One of my favorites too. In fact I used to have it as a poster in my bedroom in the Haight Ashbury mid to late 60’s. But it was either a different ‘caption’, or untitled. Don’t remember. The 60’s were good to me.

  • karen in kalifornia

    Always good to get the fact. Unfortunately, anyone who should care, doesn’t. ”
    We don’t need no stinkin’ facts. Not only that, we don’t care how wrong the whole
    Dtrumpf thing is.”

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    And to think, you have another 1400 some odd days of this to look forward to….are you happy yet ‘Murika?!?

    As for America, you have my sympathies.

  • PickyPecker

    OT: Not sure how much I will be around the JMG bar the next few days. Wanted to send a HUGE shoutout to JOE for all he does.
    I, for one, am thankful for JMG, the folks here with their wit, insights and boundless enthusiasm.

    Relax, enjoy your day tomorrow and please be safe out there. xo
    https://media.giphy.com/media/3oriNW2UVYNJu22abu/giphy.gif

  • ColdCountry

    That swamp is bigger than the Okefenokee, and Trump isn’t draining it, he’s filling it with more dark creatures.

  • safari

    I imagine this is how inauguration will go. (I don’t do metal, but I like this show.)
    https://youtu.be/Ii01B3vp_dY?t=56s

    • MonochromeMouse

      Dethklok is way more entertaining than anyone Deplorable Donny will be able to book for his usurpation ceremony.

    • Silver Badger

      How interesting. Sometimes I wish I were bilingual but most times I’m grateful to be able to speak one language. Most of the time. English is hard sometimes.

      • safari

        Spanish is pretty easy since its rules aren’t as crazy as English. It does have some irregularities, but not many and they’re the most commonly used. The breadth of vocabulary is where I don’t have enough breadth.

        • Silver Badger

          I envy the bilingual. My youngest son speaks several languages, but I have never had much luck in that area. I bake good cookies though!

          • safari

            If you’d ever like to learn, they say that language skills are one of the areas that are easy to expand on when you’re an adult.

          • Silver Badger

            Really! I’ll keep that in mind. Colorado has a large Hispanic population and I manage what amounts to a Russian senior center. I am very glad for google translate on my phone!

          • Silver Badger

            I understand the easiest way to learn a language is in the bedroom. If you ever have a spare hispanic gentleman over 50 yrs. old, send him my way! 50 is a little young, but I’m open minded!

    • I do love metal, and this show is amazing!

  • JaniceInToronto

    Things are falling apart rather rapidly. Good…

    • JCF

      Not rapidly enough.

  • Slippy_World
  • Ernest Endevor

    The Washington Post seems to be doing some outstanding reporting.

    “He sought tax-exempt status from the IRS by describing the institute as an education group to help the United States and other countries maintain a “higher quality of life” through “promotion of economic freedom,” according to IRS filings.”

    Ladies and gentlemen, the comedy stylings of Steve Bannon. He’s here all week. And, unfortunately, for the next four years. Tip your waitress, try the veal.

  • StSean

    how do i get that kind of economic traction for my non-profit?

  • Michael R

    These people are so rich they just pay the small fine and think of something more deceptive , Trump paid a $ 2500 fine for paying Pam Bondi $ 25,000 out of his Trump foundation money , that had to hurt .
    ( most likely a bribe to get her to drop the Trump University case )

  • BobSF_94117

    It feels like every ten minutes we’re hit with news that, for any other administration, would constitute a yuuuge scandal.

  • teeveedub

    $376K. That should just about cover his gin budget.

    • TrollopeReader

      but only at the basic level …..

    • AJ Drew

      and when he reaches the bottom of the bottle, may it return the favor. (an old Scottish, um, blessing.)

  • ECarpenter

    Note that the Government Accountability Project is a progressive organization formed in 1977 to protect government whistle blowers and root out government malfeasance.

    Calling his little right-wing show the Government Accountability Institute was just another way to muddy the waters – they hope that people wanting to support the Government Accountability Project will accidentally donate to this cuckoo in the nest.

    • JCF

      The same way the phobes have their own “Psychology” and “Pediatrician” organizations, designed to distract away from the legit (LGBT-affirming) ones. Notice their patterns!

  • Does he ever wash? I can not imagine having to work alongside of him, the office would reek and soon, so would you.

  • NancyP

    I feel like Diogenes when I read about the Republican Party.

    Oddly, Bannon could look like Diogenes (disheveled, lives in a barrel).

  • andrew

    I think Bannon has a drinking problem. A lot of people are saying it. Okay.

  • Xiao Ai

    KILL, MINORITIES BAD, KILL, MINORITIES BAD, KILL, MINORITIES BAD, KILL, KILL, MINORITIES BAD!!!!

    This message brought to you subliminally by,…

  • AJ Drew

    Mr Potato Head or not, I gotta say, that “hipster glasses” add-on works for him. Until he opens his mouth and he’s not Mr Potato Head, he’s Goebbels’ sprout. Propaganda ahoy!

  • JCF

    “Drain The Swamp!”

  • StraightGrandmother

    Steve Bannon is dirty everything that is written about him is true. And he is now the incoming F-ing Chief White House Strategist. I’ve seen a lot of thing in my years, but nothing like this. It is mind boggling.