Liberty Central: Repo’d by the Koch Brothers? - Page 2
Incorporated in Delaware, Liberty Central’s founding documents locate it in a Richmond attorney’s office. On its 2009 IRS 990 tax filing, the listed address is a UPS Store in Burke, Virginia. UPS offers mailbox services there. This address is not properly listed as a “care of” address on tax forms, a violation of IRS rules. Virginia Thomas’ address – as principal officer – is similarly in violation.
A Superpages.com search offers an actual phone number and the address, 10431 Fairfax Blvd, Fairfax, Virginia (just across the street from the Patriot Café, in case you were wondering.) This address is a large, windowless building owned by Verizon. Local letter carrier Jason Herald says it’s just a switching center. “Liberty Central?” I asked. "Yea, they’re not there. I’ve gotten several pieces of mail for them. I mark each one 'Return to Sender' and send it back,” said Herald. (Liberty Central really doesn’t want to hear from “the grassroots,” it seems.) “I was just listening about them on the radio,” he added. About the scandal, it turns out.
So Ginni Thomas is back-benched, replaced by someone with Koch connections. That could just be a coincidence, huh? After all, this is just a small, grassroots organization. They’d be lucky to be able to hire someone with Koch brothers connections, right?
Well, not really. Consider another new hire, H. Lillian Vogl, who joined the team right about the time Think Progress and the New York Times started sniffing around. She’s also an attorney, formerly of Covington and Burling where she did lobbying, according to her resume. C&B represents both Koch Industries and Conoco, a Koch subsidiary. Vogl’s resume seems to indicate that she would be required to register as a lobbyist, but she never did. Whoops.
Think Progress has done a ton of original reporting on the strange links between Justice Clarence Thomas, the Koch Brothers, Citizens United and Liberty Central. We’ve already established that Clarence Thomas (and Antonin Scalia) attended Koch brothers meetings intended to “review strategies for combating the multitude of public policies that threaten to destroy America as we know it” and “change the balance of power in Congress this November.” We’ve established that Liberty Central was set up after the Citizens United decision allowed for it. We know Liberty Central accepted just two donations in 2009, one for $50,000 and one for $500,000. I broke the news that tax filings revealed the organization didn’t spend the money on programs or services. It is highly unusual for a nonprofit to receive such a large gift without a plan or a need.Continued on the next page