At the last City Council meeting, Mason claimed no legal request had been made. Of course she contradicted herself by also saying she was unaware of the same request. Generally we know she's not happy about the request.
Regardless, repeated requests including half a dozen emails all told have been made for the documents to two different Mason Civic League entities. Perhaps we're asking the wrong person. The two other board members of the Mason Civic League are former fishy Weehawken resident James Barracato and Richard Mason of Wachtell, Rosen, Lipton and Katz.
Since Beth Mason has what appears to be a limited understanding on what a legal request on a 501(c)(3) charity is, perhaps MSV should give a ring to the office and ask him.
Alternatively, Da Horsey can just walk over to 921 Hudson Street, the official office of the Mason Civic League and request to inspect the financial documents legally required be made available according to IRS statute.
In last Wednesday's City Council meeting, MSV specifically told Beth Mason that was not the desired solution. At the same City Council meeting Mason said a legal request would be met.
The IRS rule states:
Public Inspection and Disclosure of Form 990-T
The IRS regulation effective June 8, 1999 state every 501(c)(3) charity required to file Form 990 annually is obligated to immediately provide copies of its three most recent 990s to ANYONE requesting them in-person, or send out copies within 30 days to ANY written request.
A written request includes both email and fax.
MSV made its request to inspect the documents June 19th. Alternatively, the Mason Civic League has the right to make the documents "widely available" and post them on a publicly available website.
Da Horsey thinks that would be best and has repeatedly asked Beth Mason to do so. Alternatively, we'd be happy to receive the documents. Just email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Talking Ed Note: If anyone is making a visit to 921 Hudson Street to inspect/obtain the records, please let us know how your trip to the Mason lair went or better yet invite Da Horsey along for a ride.