Out of Compliance: Nonprofit with ties to Stevens' PAC, Tardy on Paperwork and Fees to the State of AlaskaBy Anupama Narayanswamy Jul 23 2007 6:43 p.m. 2 comments
An Alaskan nonprofit foundation that raises money to make the records and mementos of Sen. [Ted] Stevens' career in public service" has failed to file registration documents or pay fees since 2004, according to the Alaska Department of Law. In response to a FOIA request to the department for all documents filed by the Ted Stevens Foundation (recently renamed the North to the Future Foundation), we received papers filed in 2003 and were told by department officials that none had been filed since then.
Any organization that is raising funds in the state of
A former official of the Ted Stevens Foundation acknowledged not filing documents as an oversight in an e-mail exchange. Your original e-mail alerted us that through an oversight our charitable registration has lapsed," wrote Timothy McKeever, who was the chairman of the foundation until last year and is currently treasurer for Stevens' 2008 senatorial campaign committee. We have sent the state a new registration form and the fee. We have also asked for guidance on how to resolve any issues for the years when we did not register and await the response."
According to McKeever, the foundation was originally formed in 2000 but did not become active until 2003."
The documents we received from
In 2002, the Ted Stevens Foundation had total revenue of $55,000, of which $45,000 came from Stevens' 527
It is impossible to identify who is contributing to a nonprofit like the Ted Stevens Foundation. The part of the 990 available for public inspection discloses information on the various disbursements made by a nonprofit during an accounting year, but does not disclose names of donors.
The 990 forms for the Ted Stevens Foundation report that the foundation was set up to assist in educating and informing the public about the career of Senator Ted Stevens, to make grants to other public charities and to provide programs which educate, encourage communication, relieve poverty and promote community welfare throughout the state of Alaska and the United States."
Between 2003 and 2005 the foundation has spent more than $380,000 on fundraisers but has given out only two grants: one for $40,000 to the Smithsonian Institute in 2004 and $10,000 to the Anchorage Rowing Association in 2005, according to the 990s.
In December 2006 the Ted Stevens Foundation changed its name to the North to the Future Foundation, this time its namesake being
I am not involved in the Northern Lights PAC but I understand that it is legal for a PAC to donate to a charity... [Sen. Stevens] has no role in the activities of the foundation, has no say in what it does, the donations it makes and the like," McKeever wrote in response to our questions.
McKeever is an attorney with Holmes, Weddle & Barcott, a law firm in
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