Questions about the money raised by the Kelly Thomas Memorial Foundation and how it's being spent continue to swirl. Two weeks ago, the Weekly wrote about a scuffle of words between Ron Thomas, father of slain homeless man Kelly Thomas, and Stephan Baxter, organizer of Art With an Agenda. The July art show was held to benefit KTMF and raised $10,000 for the foundation. But as of two weeks ago Baxter, as well as members of Kelly's Army wanted to know where a chunk of that money--promised by Thomas to local charities-- had gone.
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In a piece that focused on the foundation's non-profit status, the Reg accused Thomas of being less than forthcoming about the group's finances.
You can't blame Ron for being skeptical of a Reg reporter's questions--this is the paper, after all, who initially bought all the bullshit spun at them by the Fullerton Police Department and whom still has in its payroll infamous bootlicker David Whiting. So thinking perhaps their requests were unreasonable, the Reg consulted a non-profit watchdog called Charity Navigator whose Vice President Sandra Miniutti responded via email.