Fix the Court, a leftist group that advocates for a Supreme Court overhaul, may be finished after its executive director Gabe Roth sent the donor list to the press, the Daily Wire reported. The nonprofit has previously gone after conservative Supreme Court Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Clarence Thomas.
Responding to an inquiry from the Washington Examiner about past tax filings, Roth sent over forms that included an unredacted list of its donors Wednesday. He was attempting to address the reason the organization did not send a Form 990 in 2021.
Roth claimed to have "misunderstood the filing instructions" in his reply and subsequently emailed the Schedule B forms for 2021 and 2022 to the publication. "S***, I’m not legally allowed to send you those," Roth shot back just a minute later.
"I really messed up. Can you call me now?" he asked the recipient.
Tax attorneys have assured the publication that Roth accidentally disclosing such information did not violate any laws. "It’s a mistake," nonprofit tax attorney Alan Dye, who has almost 50 years of experience, said.
"It’s been made before by a lot of organizations. Overdisclosure is not a crime," Dye explained.
However, Roth clearly feared for his future at Fix the Court and the $162,138 salary they paid him. "As you can see if you've reviewed the forms, I'm not a good fundraiser," Roth admitted.
"I'm not a good CPA. I'm a klutz," Roth said of his career.
"Schedule B is not something that is sent out, right? It's not made public. Like, if you're donating to a 501(c)(3), the IRS gets to see who donates to you, but the general public doesn't," Roth rambled.
“I have only two foundations that give me money, and if their names become public, they’re never going to talk to me again,” Roth later added. “Fix the Court is over. My screwup this morning probably cost me my job.”
Roth said he was eager to "fix the mistake as soon as possible" because his "donors don't want their names out there." Too late for that.
The irony in the situation is that Fix the Court is all about "transparency" for justices, especially in the financial realm. “They have attempted to smear honorable men like Justice Thomas over his own financial disclosures but are apparently terrified at the thought of someone obtaining their own,” Capital Research Center investigative researcher Parker Thayer pointed out.
In 2018, the organization went all-in against Kavanaugh, using the allegations of sexual assault brought up in his confirmation hearings against him despite their questionable merits. Fix the Court went so far as to purchase BrettKavanaugh.net and BrettKavanaugh.com to do that dirty work.
It's true that anyone could have made that mistake, and sympathy for the person whose job is in jeopardy is typically the order of the day. However, in Roth's case, it seems this is a lesson in getting what you give.