Censorship minded free speech pretenders like the City Club of Cleveland are finding themselves facing IRS complaints for intervening in political campaigns. Daniel Peter Moulthrop is the president of the City Club who scheduled a forum about the direction of the Republican Party with the two founders of Republicans Against Trump.

IRS complaint filed against City Club of Cleveland and Ohio Debate Commission for not scheduling and cancelling Republican candidate forums

I am a Republican candidate for Congress in the 11th Congressional District; and I'm also an investigative journalist and former municipal law enforcement officer who is not going to be silenced by malicious media and non-profit campaign interveners

CLEVELAND, OH –  As the manager of a 501.c3 non-profit organization that receives tax deductible contributions, chief executive officer Daniel P. Moulthrop, an award winning journalist according to his biography, is supposed to know the federal Internal Revenue Service (IRS) laws the City Club of Cleveland cannot violate. 

The Berkeley University graduate has been on the job since 2013 or 9 years.  If he has not mastered the limited number of federal laws and regulations that apply to his $182,000 a year job after 9 years,  Moulthrop’s answer to his board once they learn of and read the IRS complaint will be telling.  With all his education and the few federal laws associated with running a “free speech citadel,” Moulthrop would be hard pressed to admit to the City Club’s board he didn’t know he was creating a tax liability.

EJBNEWS.COM is my website and I am a Republican candidate for Congress in the 11th Congressional District, the author of the IRS complaint and an investigative journalist.

At 12:17 p.m. on April 21, 2022, I called 216-621-0082 and left a message for Moulthrop that I was filing a complaint with the IRS that identified acts of campaign intervention he had engaged in as the manager of one 501.c3 non-profit; and board chairman of another.  I emailed the complaint to the IRS at 2:53 p.m.  At 3:54 p.m. I emailed a copy to Moulthrop as an FYI.  It had been 3 hours and 37 minutes since I’d left him a voice message.  He emailed the following words at 3:56 p.m. within two minutes. 

Wow. You didn’t even give me a chance to call you back. Have good day.

I informed the IRS that I am a legally-qualified Republican candidate for Congress in the 11th Congressional District.  Moulthrop scheduled a City Club forum for Nina Turner on April 8 and United States Representative Shontel Brown on April 15.  Both events were broadcast over public airwaves WVIZ was granted License No. 0000148052 to use on September 8, 2021 until it expires on October 1, 2029.

WVIZ’s license was renewed last year by the Federal Elections Commission. It can always be challenged for violating the rules.

In this case Moulthrop’s campaign intervention draws  WVIZ into another FCC drama.  This time over reasonable access and equal opportunities that provide each candidate with equal time.  In 1997 Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Coalition filed an equal employment complaint against WVIZ with the FCC.

What I am alleging is that Moulthrop, a Democrat, violated federal “campaign intervention” prohibitions on 501.c3 non-profits.  He also caused WVIZ to misuse the public airwaves to introduce the two “Democrats” to the City Club’s members and fans while denying equal access to the two legally qualified Republicans.  Each Democrat, Turner and Brown, has already been given free public airwaves access to the City Club’s members and fans before the May 3, 2022 primary election.  Neither spoke up for the federal laws and constitutional rights Moulthrop was violating.

My only communication with Moulthrop is the “Wow” email I received two minutes after he received my IRS complaint.  It ended with “have good day” and not with a remedy to his campaign intervention violations of 501.c3 non-profit laws.

The complaint offers the additional Republican-suppressing proof of Moulthrop’s role as board chairman for the Ohio Debate Commission that was granted non-profit status in 2020.  In that capacity Moulthrop’s organization scheduled a debate between two non-incumbent Democratic candidates for governor, John Cranston and Nan Whaley, while canceling one between two legally-qualified, non-incumbent Republican gubernatorial candidates, Joe Blyestone and Ron Hood.

The City Club of Cleveland is supposed to be a “citadel of free speech” under Daniel P. Moulthrop’s management. He scheduled forums for the two Democratic candidates for the 11th Congressional District seat but not the two legally qualified Republicans.

Governor Richard Michael DeWine’s decision not to attend brought a cancellation from candidate and former United States Rep. Jim Renacci.  Moulthrop decided the remaining two Republican candidates would not be heard like he did my opponent and I.  The bottom line to my IRS complaint is that Moulthrop is misusing the non-profit status of two organizations, and the public airwaves, to intervene in partisan political campaigns in favor of the Democratic Party’s candidates.

On April 14, 2022, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel accused Commission on Presidential Debates board members of the type of partisanship Moulthrop is engaging in to help Democratic candidates. I forwarded her correspondence to the Commission to the IRS.

Moulthrop’s response to learning of my IRS complaint was to cast himself as a victim because I did not think of delaying it until he decided to return my call.  The only statutorily-authorized relationship between Moulthrop and me as a candidate required him to offer me and my opponent equal access to WVIZ’s link to public airwaves.  It required him to reach out to us and not the other way around.

A copy of the IRS complaint was forwarded to the Plain Dealer and Cleveland.com’s editorial staff.  Notably AdvanceOhio Vice President Chris Quinn.  The Plain Dealer and Cleveland.com sponsor the City Club of Cleveland as a tax deductible write-off.

The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections identifies Daniel P. Moulthrop as pulling a Democratic ballot when he votes.

If the IRS agrees that Moulthrop dragged the 501.c3 non-profit into a campaign intervention the City Club of Cleveland loses it’s tax deductible status and has to pay taxes on its income.  The tax break donors got is gone.  The same with the Ohio Debate Commission.

My political affiliation is irrelevant.  I’m an American with names of relatives who were Americans before the Civil War.  The politically sneaky games Moulthrop’s playing are not American or in compliance with IRS laws.  WVIZ carries the signal of federally-funded PBS so it has FCC issues because of Moulthrop.

Eric Jonathan Brewer

Cleveland's most influential journalist and East Cleveland's most successful mayor is an East Saint Louis, Illinois native whose father led the city's petition drive in 1969 to elect the first black mayor in 1971. Eric is an old-school investigative reporter whose 40-year body of editorial work has been demonstrably effective. No local journalist is feared or respected more.

Trained in newspaper publishing by the legendary Call & Post Publisher William Otis Walker in 1978 when it was the nation's 5th largest Black-owned publication, Eric has published and edited 13 local, regional and statewide publications across Ohio. Adding to his publishing and reporting resume is Eric's career in government. Eric served as the city's highest paid part-time Special Assistant to ex-Cleveland Mayor Michael R. White. He served as Chief of Staff to ex-East Cleveland Mayor Emmanuel Onunwor; and Chief of Communications to the late George James in his capacity as the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority's first Black executive director. Eric was appointed to serve as a member of the state's Financial Planning & Supervision Commission to guide the East Cleveland school district out of fiscal emergency and $20 million deficit. Former U.S. HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson told Eric in his D.C. office he was the only mayor in the nation simultaneously-managing a municipal block grant program. Eric wrote the city's $2.2 million Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant application. A HUD Inspector General audit of his management of the block grant program resulted in "zero" audit findings.

As a newspaper publisher, Eric has used his insider's detailed knowledge of government and his publications to lead the FBI and state prosecutors to investigations that resulted in criminal prosecutions of well-known elected officials in Ohio; and have helped realign Cleveland's political landscape with the defeat of candidates and issues he's exposed. Eric's stories led to the indictments of the late Governor George Voinovich's brother, Paul Voinovich of the V Group, and four associates. He asked the FBI to investigate the mayor he'd served as chief of staff for public corruption; and testified in three federal trials for the prosecution. He forced former Cuyahoga County Coroner Dr. Elizabeth Balraj to admit her investigations of police killings were fraudulent; and to issue notices to local police that her investigators would control police killing investigations. Eric's current work has resulted in Cuyahoga County Judge John Russo accepting the criminal complaint he guided an activist to file against 24 civil rights-violating police officers in the city he once led for operating without valid peace officer credentials. USA Today reporters picked up on Eric's police credentials reporting from his social media page and made it national.

Eric is the author of of his first book, "Fight Police License Plate Spying," which examines the FBI and local police misuse of the National Crime Information Center criminal records history database. An accomplished trumpet player and singer whose friendship with Duke Fakir of the Four Tops resulted in his singing the show's closing song, "Can't Help Myself": Curtis Sliwa of New York's Guardian Angels counts Eric among his founding chapter leaders from the early 1980's role as an Ohio organizer of over 300 volunteer crime fighters in Cleveland, Columbus and Youngstown, Ohio. For his work as a young man Eric was recognized by Cleveland's Urban League as it's 1983 Young Man of the Year.

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