Posted on | March 1, 2014 | 10 Comments
One curious fact about Brett Kimberlin’s state and federal lawsuits is that in neither complaint does Kimberlin so much as mention Velvet Revolution US, the 501(c)4 group he formed with Brad Friedman. Nevertheless, it was the activities of Velvet Revolution US — specifically its July 2010 demand for prosecution of James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles — that first made Kimberlin an object of interest to conservative bloggers. (See Mandy Nagy’s 3,600-word October 2010 article for background.) On May 31, 2012, Velvet Underground lawyer Kevin Zeese sent this letter:
There are a couple things worth noticing here:
- The letter was written two days after the May 29 Maryland court hearing at which Kimberlin had Aaron Walker arrested on criminal charges, an event that catapulted this story into the stratosphere. See Ken White at Popehat, “Forgetting Brandenburg And The Rule of Law: Brett Kimberlin Censorship-Through-Lawfare Update.”
- The letter was sent not only to Ali Akbar, but also to Republican donor Foster Friess, who had helped sponsor Blog Bash at CPAC 2012. One might interpret that inclusion as an effort to intimidate a contributor to the National Bloggers Club.
No lawsuit was ever filed by Velvet Revolution US. It’s been more than 21 months since Zeese sent that letter, so one may speculate why Velvet Revolution lost interest in pursuing legal action, just as one may speculate about Kimberlin’s curious omission of Velvet Revolution from his lawsuits both in Maryland (Kimberlin v. Walker, et al.) and in federal court, where John Hoge has dubbed the RICO conspiracy case Kimberlin v. the Universe, et al.