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Democratic Daily: Romney Staffer Committing Charitable Fraud
-By Alex Brant-Zawadzki
September 1, 2012- Bill Murphy, Mitt Romney’s Social Media Director, and his colleague Ali Akbar have ripped off a lot of people. They ripped off the Tea Party with the American Liberty Alliance. They ripped off movement Conservatives with the National Bloggers Club. They even ripped off Andrew Breitbart. But their days of making it rain misbegotten right-wing dollars may be numbered.
In 2009 Murphy and Akbar worked together at American Liberty Alliance, an organization which collected “donations” throughout the summer while claiming they were just waiting for their 501(c)3 application to go through. It never did. Then they worked together at National Bloggers Club, a group which solicited “donations” for the past six months while actually calling itself a non-profit (status pending). But according to the IRS, they never bothered to file the necessary documents.
Which means the National Bloggers Club is NOT a non-profit. Not only that, it was NEVER a non-profit.
Murphy and Akbar started NBC with seed money from Foster Friess, the conservative billionaire who single-handedly kept the Rick Santorum campaign shuffling along far past its expiration date like some rotting, remote-controlled corpse. Currently Akbar functions as President, and prior to joining the Romney campaign, Murphy was NBC’s Director. They filed for incorporation on January 27th – in Texas, for some reason. The company is listed as a non-profit.
NBC held their first event, Blog Bash, on Feb 9 at the Conservative Political Action Conference. The highlight of the night was the presentation of a “Changing the Narrative” award to journalist Andrew Breitbart. Either that or James O’Keefe shouting, “Fuck the press!”
Akbar is listed as a “Host Organizer” on BlogBash.org and Murphy is listed as “Co-ordinator” yet neither of them mention NBC in their profiles, and the site makes no mention of the fact that BlogBash is a project of NBC. Murphy also makes no mention of NBC in his LinkedIn profile. In many of NBC’s announcements and press releases, the contact information is “Bill Murphy at email@example.com” – which is odd because BlogBash’s director is usually identified as Devon Wills.