Left-wing political activist Linda Sarsour tweeted out a link to “Donate to the #Harvey Hurricane Relief Fund.” Her link goes to a page titled “Donate to the Hurricane Harvey Community Relief Fund.” The page notes the devastation that the hurricane has inflicted on Texas. The text is carefully worded, however, saying at the end:
Together we will organize and advocate for our devastated communities, shining a spotlight on inequalities that emerge in the restoration of lives, livelihoods, and homes, amplifying the needs of hard-hit communities, and providing legal assistance for residents wrongfully denied government support.
It is worded this way because the donations actually go to the “Texas Organizing Project Education Fund,” as noted at the very bottom footer of the page. The site itself is owned by a company called NGP VAN, Inc, which bills itself as “the leading technology provider to Democratic and progressive campaigns and organizations.”
What is the “Texas Organizing Project,” or “TOP?” It is headed by Michelle Tremillo, who used to work for ACORN (http://organizetexas.org/michelle-tremillo-executive-director/ ). TOP is also funded by Soros’ Open Society Foundation and “promotes social and economic equality for low to moderate income Texans through community and electoral organizing.”
- In 2015, they received $1,669,801 in contributions
- Of that, $963,811 was spent on salaries, $116,545 was spent on employee benefits, $83,471 was spent on payroll taxes, and then few hundred thousand dollars was spent on various other expenses. So, all in, they spent $1,553,626 on their own organization’s upkeep.
- Thus, they had net revenue of $116,175 which got recorded as assets.