Joe Blaettler, a notorious antagonist of Union City Mayor/state Senator (D-33) Brian Stack, has filed an IRS complaint against his civic association, claiming it does not deserve 501(c)(3) status since it’s not a legitimate non-profit organization.
Blaettler, a former Union City deputy police chief, filed a complaint with the IRS on February 25, 2012 and subsequently received a response from the government agency stating that they were reviewing the matter.
As only Hudson County View reported, the complaint was mentioned in three of the five Hudson County Superior Court lawsuits filed by Union City police officers alleging that cops must donate to the Brian Stack Civic Association to get promoted.
Blaettler said he originally planned on waiting for the IRS to make a decision on the matter before making it public, but agreed to speak with us on the subject after the lawsuits had been released.
He says given that the civic association is “heavily involved in politics” and clearly supports Stack as a political candidate, the organization’s 501(c)(3) status should be revoked.
501(c)(3) organizations are formed for religious, charitable, scientific, literary, or educational purposes and are eligible for federal and state tax exemptions, according to the IRS’s official website.
Blaettler says proof that the entity is political can be found in who sits on the civic association board. According to the 2013 tax return and public records, the seven trustees of the Brian Stack Civic Association combine for salaries that total a whopping $673,265 in mostly City Hall and board of education jobs.
Blaetter says the number is just over $942,000 when including immediate family members of the trustees.
He also drew a parallel between Stack and former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who is serving a 17-year jail sentence for bribery and fraud charges. The indictment alleged that Kilpatrick used monies from his civic fund to pay for personal expenses.
Finally, Blaettler said the allegations in the suits sound like “the status quo” and that this isn’t the first time a charge of this nature has been made. Stack did not return calls seeking comment on Wednesday.
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