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Center for AIDS Prevention down – consent decree

Posted in hiv by SCHA-LA on March 11, 2010

CENTER FOR AIDS PREVENTION CONSENT DECREE 01-20-10

There have been a LOT of articles about the Center for AIDS Prevention (see below), the fake AIDS charity which was soliciting funds from all over the country. A Consent Decree has been signed in Illinois, and their website is down. I think this means that they’re out of business.

I checked with Chris Weaver, Expert-at-Large, and he tells me:

On your second question, in short, No. It means only that they won’t be able to work in Illinois or qualify to do business elsewhere as an Illinois-based company. Because this is a matter of state law, not federal law, nothing prevents Neely and his associates from incorporating a new business – perhaps with the same name – in California or any other state. However, California may decide not to grant Neely’s applications on the basis of the Illinois charge, which Jerry Brown’s office is aware of. Brown’s spokesman could not say whether they would mirror the Illinois action.

So, for now, we’re happy. I sent an email to Lomax Burnett (lomax@capfundraising.org), the fellow who some local activists paid a visit to in Beverly Hills and the spokesperson for CAP, and it bounced back with the following message:

Delivery has failed to these recipients or distribution lists:

lomax@capfundraising.org
The recipient’s e-mail address is invalid. Microsoft Exchange will not try to redeliver this message for you. Please check the recipient’s e-mail address and try resending this message, or provide the following diagnostic text to your system administrator.

The following organization rejected your message: capfundraising.org.

Background:

ProPublica articles on CAP


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  1. Maria Morgan said, on March 20, 2010 at 3:31 am

    Judging by the research our firm did, CAP was a valid charity. Neely and his associates does not need a charity for funds, they own plenty of profit making businesses around the country. If the site is down and the office closed, it’s because they probably got tired of the intrusion. I spoke with one of it’s directors…Dr. Burnett and he tells me that they donated their personal money to get it rolling. I hope our community didn’t screw up again by not supporting what I now hear was a very valid and worthwhile organization.

    • SCHA-LA said, on March 24, 2010 at 4:30 am

      I also spent some time with Lomax Burnett who is not a doctor, incidentally. Ask him why he decided to “walk away” from it when he “didn’t get the answers [he] needed” from Steve Neely.

      And we obtained copies of CAPs taxes (publicly available for non-profits) and they showed income of ZERO. No one donated their personal funds to CAP to get it off the ground. At least, no one did it legally, with a paper-trail. To the actual non-profit.

      I would like to see what your research brought up.


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