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article imageOp-Ed: Akbar hits the jackpot, but still won't say who pays

By Bill Schmalfeldt     Aug 15, 2012 in Politics
This is the third part of a series looking at the meteoric rise of a young convicted felon on probation, who went from the jail cell in 2007 to the Republican "big time" before his probation expired in 2012.
You have a name that is as improbable for success in the American political arena as Barack Hussein Obama.
Ali Akbar.
Unlike the president, you're an ex-con with no education. You've had some success ingratiating yourself into the regional tea party scene with your work for two losing candidates. But now, you have no home, you have no job, you have no money. What do you do?
Well, according to blog entries, YouTube videos and other sources, you make friends with Karl Rove.
Now, all of a sudden you have money, star power and cache. You can start organizations like the Vice and Victory agency. You can support a candidate for the College Republican National Committee (who will ultimately be drubbed in the CRNC election). You can start holding meet and greets at the annual Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) annual meetings. You can dole out whiskey and cigars to politicians and pundits alike.
You can become a star.
There is no official record of when young Akbar met Rove or RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie. But in the accompanying video, he mentions working with them at the 2:17 mark.
And it's still 2011, then early 2012.
His probation for his debit card fraud wasn't even lifted until May 2, 2012.
By then, Akbar and his friends had formed a new fund, ostensibly created to help fund beleaguered blogger Aaron Walker, who was spending all his money and had lost his job because of his ongoing war of words with liberal activist Brett Kimberlin, who had spent time in prison after being convicted for the so-called "Speedway Bombings" in the 1970s.
It was at this point in his history that young Akbar caught the eye of two bloggers who read about this young man with raised eyebrows. One of these bloggers, "Breitbart Unmasked" first ran a series of stories about Akbar and his "National Bloggers Club," which was claiming 501(c)3 status, meaning they were telling their benefactors their deductions would be tax deductible.
Our blogging alter ego, The Liberal Grouch, personally contacted Akbar and put forward a simple request... something any legitimate 501(c)3 fundraiser can easily do. Provide your Employer Identification Number so we can check your status with the IRS.
Akbar, who tweets under the name @Ali, refused. Then he blocked The Liberal Grouch from his Twitter accounts and from commenting on the National Blogger's Club Facebook page.
Working together, Breitbart Unmasked and The Liberal Grouch informed their readers about Akbar's criminal past by posting his mugshots and screen captures of the legal documents filed in the case. Akbar responded with a whiny post on his Facebook page, claiming that he was not the active criminal in the complaint -- that he was just providing a friend with a ride and the friend had the stolen debit card and tried to use it.
The legal documents, however, proved that to be untrue. While most of his conservative blogger friends gladly lapped up the lie, there were a few, to their credit, who were not willing to do so and called on Akbar to step down as president of the National Blogger's Club. Akbar refused.
The Liberal Grouch personally called an agent at the IRS, provided Akbar's name, the name of the organization, the other members listed on the "Board of Directors", and was told by the IRS agent that there was no record of the National Blogger's Club ever registering as a 501(c)3 agency.
The Club changed their website, removing the claim to be a tax-exempt organization, instead referring to themselves as "non-profit."
Around this time, Karl Rove made a disastrous appearance on the Greta Van Sustren show on Fox News. Blogger "The Legal Schnauzer," working with other informants, interpreted Rove's bizarre behavior on the show as "panic" that he was about to be outed as a gay man.
Karl Rove is having a bisexual affair with the president of a conservative bloggers' group, and concern about being outed sparked Rove's falsehood-filled diatribe last week on Greta Van Susteren's Fox News program.
Rove's lover is Ali Akbar, president of the National Bloggers Club, an umbrella group that grew from the activism of the late right-wing publisher and pundit Andrew Breitbart. A left-leaning Web site called Breitbart Unmasked recently disclosed that Akbar has a criminal record that includes convictions for credit-card fraud, theft, and burglary.
The stunning allegations about Rove and Akbar are included in a letter sent yesterday from Alabama attorney Dana Jill Simpson to Robert Bauer, counsel for President Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign. The letter also includes an appeal for a presidential pardon on behalf of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman.
This allegation was bolstered by the revelation of an image of Akbar taken from a screen cap from the smartphone application for gay men looking for companionship resembling Akbar, looking for "a masculine chill bud to hang with."
The more Akbar chose to ignore the legitimate questions posed by bloggers, the more The Liberal Grouch (an impish sort) decided to rattle Akbar's cage.
In late June, he posted an item on his Zazzle store that contained this picture. It is Akbar, wearing an Obama mask, waving $20 bills in someone's face. The Liberal Grouch added some word balloons and other items to the photo, and used it as an image on items he was selling on his Zazzle store to raise money for Parkinson's disease research.
The next day, the Grouch received an e-mail from the Zazzle Content Management Team telling him they were removing the item because it violated someone's "intellectual property rights."
"Whose rights," the Grouch responded.
The response was stunning and telling all at the same time.
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