IRS financial disclosure forms reveal that since July of 2006, Unity08 has set itself up with an office in the Watergate office complex of Washington, DC. The organization is paying $3,373.00 per month in rent, which comes out to $40,476, or more than half of the $77,000 the group has reported in donations in the same IRS reports through September. Unless the group is cashing in favors, at $42 per square foot Unity08 should be occupying a very small space indeed: just 40 square feet, an 8 foot by 5 foot walk-in closet. Is America’s next big “grassroots movement,” endorsed by celebrity Sam Waterston!, being run out of a closet?
(sources on Watergate rent: NPR Morning Edition, November 1 2006 and the Washington Post, October 24 2006).
At the same time, Unity08 continues to report that its business address is identical to the business address of Peak Media Communications: 1801 California Street Suite 5050, Denver CO, 80202.
Unity08 does not report paying any rent for the space in 1801 California Street, Suite 5050. This appears to be either an unreported expense, or a conveniently helpful gift from Peak Media Communications (and its executive Jim Jonas, who also happens to be the executive of Unity08). Or are Peak Media Communications and Unity08 simply synonymous?