Trump conspiracy theorist Sidney Powell’s lawyer launches fundraiser for ‘legal defense’

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The conspiracy-obsessed lawyer who claimed Donald Trump was defrauded in the election by a communist conspiracy was cashing in with a fundraising vehicle purported to be for organizations like the volunteer fire companies.

Sidney Powell, whose extravagant theory has been reprimanded by the President, has founded a “legal defense fund” under the 501 (c) (4) category of the Internal Revenue Service.

The IRS says 501 (c) (4) should normally apply to “welfare organizations” and community groups like homeowners associations.

It can be used for lobbying activities, but the deductions are not tax deductible like those for associations.

The Legal Defense fund’s website says that “millions of dollars must be raised to defend the Republic as these lawsuits continue to be filed to secure victory” for Trump, even though he has now essentially admitted defeat to Joe Biden in allowing the transition to move forward.

Powell surfaced Tuesday night on Fox Business Network’s Lou Dobbs show to say she would file a “massive document” with “a lot of exhibits” in Georgia on Wednesday, alleging fraud.

“The evidence is so overwhelming, it’s almost like they’re so blatant about it that they expect us to catch it,” she told Dobbs.

She has been described as a “member of President Trump’s legal team,” which she explicitly is not. During the day, she tweeted a demand that Trump fire his current advisers and hold a rally in each contested state.

Sidney Powell has founded a “legal defense fund” to capitalize on his newfound fame, DailyMail.com can reveal. She was seen speaking alongside former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, as members of President Donald Trump’s legal team, during a press conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters on Thursday, November 19 2020

The Legal Defense Fund website appears to have been set up on November 11, a day after it appeared on the Lou Dobbs show on Fox.  The IRS says 501 (c) (4) should normally apply to `` welfare organizations '' and community groups like homeowners associations.

The Legal Defense Fund website appears to have been set up on November 11, a day after it appeared on the Lou Dobbs show on Fox. The IRS says 501 (c) (4) should normally apply to “welfare organizations” and community groups like homeowners associations.

But DailyMail.com can also reveal that despite Powell’s unwavering support for the president, she was feted by the Hollywood elite after she executive produced a film about a geneticist who discovered the breast cancer gene.

In 2013, she walked the red carpet at the Seattle International Film Festival for the movie Decoding Annie Parker, which starred Helen Hunt, Samantha Morton and Aaron Paul – and won numerous awards.

Powell was the executive producer of the 2013 film Decoding Annie Parking About a Geneticist Who Discovered the Breast Cancer Gene, starring Helen Hunt

Powell was the executive producer of the 2013 film Decoding Annie Parking About a Geneticist Who Discovered the Breast Cancer Gene, starring Helen Hunt

Powell gained national attention last week with a press conference where she claimed Venezuela, China, Cuba, George Soros and the Dominion voting systems were all involved in a plot to launch the election to Biden.

The assertion was a step too far, even for Trump’s legal team who released a statement saying “Sidney Powell practices law on his own” and is not part of their efforts.

Powell’s claims come after spending years cultivating Trump’s attention with regular appearances on Fox.

Her social media accounts are inundated with QAnon conspiracy theories and she has been on the president’s radar ever since representing his disgraced former national security adviser Mike Flynn.

Now Powell, a 65-year-old mom who practices law in Dallas but is from Raleigh, NC, appears to be trying to monetize her infamy.

The Legal Defense Fund website appears to have been set up on November 11, a day after it appeared on the Lou Dobbs show on Fox.

Originally it said “$ 500,000 to be collected within the next 24 hours” but has since been updated to ask for “millions” of donations to stop certification of ballots in Arizona, Georgia. and in other states that Biden has won. It’s already too late – Michigan, Pennsylvania, Nevada, and Georgia have all already been certified and all litigation will be redundant by the December 8 deadline.

The mission of the organization is listed as: “To protect and defend the legitimate votes of American citizens, ensure electoral integrity, educate the world on what it means to be a Constitutional Republic, and pursue legal action to preserve the vision of our people. founders and to maintain this great Republic ”.

The site adds: “The future of our Republic is at stake. The left, the media and an accomplice Republican establishment are trying to steal this election thanks to a terrible electoral fraud operation. The time to fight is now ‘

Powell was the executive producer of the 2013 film Decoding Annie Parking About a Geneticist Who Discovered the Breast Cancer Gene, starring Helen Hunt.  She was seen at the premiere of the Seattle International Film Festival "Annie Parker decoding" at the Egyptian Theater on June 6, 2013 in Seattle, Washington, photographed with Steven Bernstein, Carolyn Rodney and Annie Parker

Powell was the executive producer of the 2013 film Decoding Annie Parking About a Geneticist Who Discovered the Breast Cancer Gene, starring Helen Hunt. She was seen at the Seattle International Film Festival premiere of “Decoding Annie Parker” at the Egyptian Theater on June 6, 2013 in Seattle, Washington, pictured with Steven Bernstein, Carolyn Rodney and Annie Parker

In stark contrast to his subsequent adoption of conspiracy theories, Powell promoted the film and its pro-liberal theme on his social media accounts.

In stark contrast to his subsequent adoption of conspiracy theories, Powell promoted the film and its pro-liberal theme on his social media accounts.

The website has a form for credit card payments and suggests that instead of writing checks to The Legal Defense Fund, people should pay them to “Sidney Powell”.

The address listed is a UPS store in West Palm Beach, Florida, which appears to be a PO Box.

According to IRS guidelines, a 501 (c) (4) normally applies to “civic leagues or organizations not organized for profit but operated exclusively for the promotion of social welfare.”

Examples include a “community association that works to improve public service” by publishing a free community newspaper.

Neighborhood watch patrols could be another option, as could an organization that holds an “annual festival of regional customs and traditions”.

The IRS test for a 501 (c) (4) organization is that it must be “primarily engaged” in welfare issues, but the language is loose enough to allow organizations like The Legal Defense Fund to function. .

DailyMail.com previously revealed that Powell began his legal career attending law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, served as an American lawyer in Texas, and represented executives of the giant. fallen energy Enron.

It was her portrayal of Flynn, who pleaded guilty in a plea deal with the Mueller investigation to lying to the FBI, which propelled her onto the MAGA scene.

This also appears to be behind his use of the nickname or tagline The Kraken. She has alternatively been The Kraken, or allegedly sparked The Kraken in the Flynn case – although her attempts to get him out of the guilty plea are currently in limbo.

Powell, an attorney for Michael Flynn (right), is a known QAnon conspiracy theorist.  It was her portrayal of Flynn, who pleaded guilty in a plea deal with the Mueller investigation to lying to the FBI, which propelled her onto the MAGA scene.

Powell, an attorney for Michael Flynn (right), is a known QAnon conspiracy theorist. It was her portrayal of Flynn, who pleaded guilty in a plea deal with the Mueller investigation to lying to the FBI, which propelled her onto the MAGA scene.

The Trump campaign released a statement saying Sidney Powell was not associated with them on November 22, 2020

The Trump campaign released a statement saying Sidney Powell was not associated with them on November 22, 2020

Among Powell’s other accomplishments was the executive production of Decoding Annie Parker.

After seeing the film, Powell is said to have organized fundraisers for the film across the United States and abroad and helped raise $ 1 million for breast cancer charities.

Among the other cast members – some of whom spoke out against Trump – were Rashida Jones and Maggie Grace.

In stark contrast to his subsequent adoption of conspiracy theories, Powell promoted the film and its pro-liberal theme on his social media accounts.

In a June 2013 Tweet, Powell wrote, “DECODING ANNIE PARKER’S STARS #HELLEN (sic) HUNT, SAMANTHA MORTON, AARON MAGGIE GRACE. FABULOUS CAST! ‘

The film went on to receive accolades and director Steven Bernstein received the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Award at the 2013 Hamptons International Film Festival.

At the 2014 Milan International Film Festival, Bernstein was nominated for Best Director and Morton was nominated for Best Actress for her portrayal of Annie Parker.

Meanwhile, Hunt won Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Dr. Mary-Claire King and Paul took home the award for Best Supporting Actor.

DailyMail.com left messages for Powell at her law firms, but she did not respond.

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