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  1. Richard,

    Here in New York State, a non-profit organization has to disclose the finacials to the public. Only if you are a religious
    organization are you exempt.

    I am pretty sure this is true nation-wide.

    Michael Santomauro
    Awake in New York City

  2. You are nicer to Ron Kampeas than he deserves. In fast-food restaurant terms, the JTA is a Jack-in-the-Box with a history of salmonella, and Ron Kampeas is the head chef.

    1. Actually, I’ve got some history with various reporters & editors at JTA and Ron’s the best of ’em all. Ami Eden and Ben Harris are useless, but Ron gets things right far more often than any of the rest of them. Plus, he’s been a straight shooter with me and given me credit for breaking several stories he’s covered. That’s more than I can say for some of the major world media which have often ignored my contribution to stories.

  3. It is unclear whether the source of the Soros donation is nefarious or legal/open.

    To be precise, J Street is both a PAC and a c4. The c4 arm, like a 501c3, is required to make its form 990 (tax return for federal nonprofits) public. I downloaded the 2008 and 2009 returns last night from http://www.guidestar.org. Neither one discloses donors by name — only the total amount given. There is more than enough total donation listed (about $1.6 million in 2009) to make the reported Soros donation possible.

    Specific donors are not listed on the 990. But PACs do have to file their donation lists with the Federal Election Commission. I searched for Soros in the FEC database and did not find a matching donation large enough.

    States have disclosure laws for PACs that in many cases are more complete than the federal, though.

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