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Reason Alliance
Reason Alliance Ltd
Established 9/26/2014
Entity Type Nonprofit
Incorporated State Massachusetts
State ID# 471933964
EIN 47-1933964
Physical Address 64 BRIDGE STREET, SALEM, MA 01970
Mail Address 64 BRIDGE STREET, SALEM, MA 01970
Registered Agent Malcolm Jarry
Doing Business As N/A
Past Names N/A
Website reasonalliance.com

Reason Alliance, Ltd. is a Nonprofit Corporation registered in the state of Massachusetts.

Due to its status as a public nonchurch, nonprofit receiving donations in excess of $50,000, Reason Alliance is the only corporation associated with The Satanic Temple known to have public financial documents that can be scrutinized.

Officer History

Listed Officers for Reason Alliance, Ltd. [1]
Year Douglas
Misicko
Doug
Mesner
Cevin
Soling
Malcom
Jarry
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021
2022

Eventual attorney in TST reproductive rights cases in Missouri, New Jersey lawyer James MacNaughton, served as witness on the articles of incorporation, but at the time of its incorporation in 2014 through its 2015 annual filing, Douglas Misicko was the only listed officer for Reason Alliance Ltd. In 2016, Cevin Soling joined under his own name as Director, but Soling was missing again in the Nov. 6, 2017, annual filing, with only Misicko listed for all officer roles and terms expiring "01/01/16", in an apparent oversight.

Feb. 18, 2018, involved a flurry of activity. At 11:13 a.m., "Malcolm Jarry" replaced Misicko as registered agent, utilizing the address of 64 Bridge Street. An additional filing at 11:32 a.m. added the title of Assistant Clerk to Jarry's responsibilities, with terms of service expiring in 2025 (Misicko's still had expired in 2016). At 11:39 a.m., "Malcolm Jarry" filled out the certificate of change naming himself President and Treasurer, and Misicko's listings were changed to the pseudonym "Doug Mesner" but with terms extended through 2025. Eight months later for the annual report, Misicko named himself in all officer positions once again, though "Malcolm Jarry" remained registered agent.

In May 2019, Misicko submitted an annual report that listing Soling (under that name) as President, which Soling also filled out for the annual report in October 2019 with identical roles, affirming it. In 2020, Soling added the title "Treasurer" under his own name, the last most recent report available. Despite not appearing on the reports, Malcolm Jarry has remained registered agent since 2018.[1]

Founding

It was founded Sep. 26, 2014, in Somerville, MA, registered to a UPS Store at 519 Somerville Ave #288, Somerville, MA 02143 before being updated in February 2018 to 64 Bridge Street, the physical headquarters of The Satanic Temples and Salem Art Gallery.[1] As of January 2021, the IRS reports it has its 501(c)3 status.[2]

In addition to sharing ownership and a physical headquarters, since their foundings in 2014, Reason Alliance has also worked closely with TST on fundraising projects, has an almost identical list of values, and at some point, and has updated its Twitter profile logo to include TST's goat skull and lettering.[3] Its funding of TST-related projects has continued until as late as January 2021 for The Satanic Temple's "abortion ritual" billboard campaign, but social media activity for Reason Alliance largely ceased by summer 2018, as well as new fundraising by the end of that same year.[4][5] In February 2019, The Satanic Temple Inc. received public charity status as a church.[6]

Purpose

On its website, Reason Alliance states it was "formed in 2014 by directors Malcolm Jarry and Douglas Mesner", with the Facebook page additionally identifying them as "founders of The Satanic Temple (TST)".[7][5] In both places, Reason Alliance describes itself as "a non-profit organization that promotes religious pluralism, fights for reproductive rights, protects children from abuse at school, and defends the unfairly and unjustly marginalized."[7]

However, in the earliest archived version of the site in October 2016, it also stated:[8]

As TST does not believe religious organizations should be tax exempt, founders Malcolm Jarry and Douglas Mesner created a separate non-profit entity for donors to contribute money and receive a tax exemption. The entity fulfills the mission of promoting secular humanistic values as well as the core beliefs of TST which defend individual sovereignty and reject autocratic authority.

In its 2018 Form 990EZ Filing and 2019 Form 990 filing, the organization's mission is described as "to encourage reason and empathy, reject tyrannical authority, promote justice, and advocate pragmatic common sense."

Values

The section "The Values We Promote" includes seven items identical to The Satanic Temple's better-known "Seven Tenets," but in a different order.

Comparison of List Order
Tenet/Value The Satanic Temple Reason Alliance
One should strive to act with compassion and empathy toward all creatures in accordance with reason. 1 1
The struggle for justice is an ongoing and necessary pursuit that should prevail over laws and institutions. 2 5
One’s body is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone. 3 4
The freedoms of others should be respected, including the freedom to offend. To willfully and unjustly encroach upon the freedoms of another is to forgo one's own. 4 7
Beliefs should conform to one's best scientific understanding of the world. One should take care never to distort scientific facts to fit one's beliefs. 5 2
People are fallible. If one makes a mistake, one should do one's best to rectify it and resolve any harm that might have been caused. 6 3
Every [tenet/value] is a guiding principle designed to inspire nobility in action and thought. The spirit of compassion, wisdom, and justice should always prevail over the written or spoken word. 7 6

Self-Described Activities

Reason Alliance gives primary three areas of interest:

  1. Reproductive rights advocacy to "ensure that women (sic) are able to receive reproductive care including access to abortion services," and claims it partners with religious organizations to utilize exemptions afforded them.
  2. Protecting children from abuse in schools, covering similar subjects critical of public schools also found to Soling's 2009 film "War On Kids" and book The Student Resistance Handbook.
  3. Mental Health Advocacy, covering similar subjects to Misicko's ongoing feuds with self-described child abuse victims, including but not restricted to the Satanic Panic, Dissociative Identity Disorder, and those who become aware of child sexual abuse as adults, pejoratively called "False Memory Syndrome."

Public Financial History

Reason Alliance Ltd. has worked closely with the United Federation of Churches, LLC, which does business as "The Satanic Temple", but was particularly active prior to The Satanic Temple Inc. receiving nonprofit designation from the Internal Revenue Service, Feb. 6, 2019.

In 2018, Reason Alliance listed its legal fees in the amount of $90,393 with an additional $28,052 in professional fees; in 2019, this number was $65,345 for legal fees and $70,913 in professional fees.[9] Additionally, in 2019 there were $8,378 spent on "occupancy." It was not immediately obvious what legal fees were spent on or if they had any relationship to The Satanic Temple's lawsuits during those years. It was also not obvious why the occupancy expenses increased from year to year as co-owner Cevin Soling also is the sole owner of 64 Bridge LLC, the company that owns Reason Alliance Ltd's headquarters, 64 Bridge St, Salem, MA 01970.

Reason Alliance was used for tax-deductible fundraising such as in support of the complaint filed with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination by attorney Marc J. Randazza against Twitter, Inc, an action which caused many local chapters to resign from TST in protest.[10][11][12] It continues to receive new and recurring donations via FlipCause.com[13].

Fundraising Campaigns (incomplete)
Year Name Donated Goal Fulfilled
2021 Ongoing (as of 5/21/21) $9072.98 N/A N/A
2020 Giving Tuesday $0 $5,000 N/A
2018 End Of year Giving Campaign $1,110 N/A N/A
2018 Giving Tuesday $115 $666 N/A
2018 Bring Baphomet To Arkansas! $25,842 $20,000 ?
2018 The Satanic Temple vs. Twitter $5,649 $50,000 ?


Public Financials
Year Total Revenue Total Expenses Revenue Minus Expenses Total Assets Total Liabilities Net Assets References
2019 $360,418 $154,903 $205,515 $215,695 0 $215,695 [14][15]
2018 $130,127 $124,420 $5,707 $11,435 $1,255 $10,180 [16][17]
2017 $28,824 $22,448 $3,376 $5,728 $1,255 $4,473 [18][19]
2016 $8,672 $7,340 $1,332 $2,352 $1,255 $1,332 [20][21]
2015 $0 $235 $-235 - - - [22][23]
2014 - - - - - - [24][25][26]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Massachusetts Secretary of State, filings for Reason Alliance, Ltd., #471933964
  2. IRS.gov, EIN: 47-1933964
  3. Twitter.com, @Reason_Alliance with owl-based logo for header but TST logo for profile picture
  4. [[File:Satanic_Temple_Billboard_Dec2020.jpg|"Abortion Saves Lives" billboard], paid for by Reason Alliance Ltd.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Facebook.com, "About" section for Reason Alliance page
  6. The Satanic Temple, FEIN 82-3404757
  7. 7.0 7.1 https://www.reasonalliance.com/
  8. Archive.org, ReasonAlliance.com Oct. 16, 2016
  9. CauseIQ.com, Reason Alliance summary
  10. Flipcause.com, The Satanic Temple vs. Twitter. Support The Satanic Temple's fight against religious discrimination. ($5,649 Raised of $50,000)
  11. Flipcause.com, The Satanic Temple files complaint against Twitter for religious discrimination]
  12. The Cut.com, “We believe in most of The Satanic Temple’s causes, its tenets, and its core mission, and we understand the value of the community The Satanic Temple provides […] but we cannot endorse it or be a part of it anymore. We cannot look past partnering with bigots and Nazi sympathizers and justifying that with inapposite and white supremacist appeals to free speech.”
  13. Flipcause.com, "Make a tax-deductible contribution to Reason Alliance" with 237 contributions as of 5/22/21
  14. IRS.gov, 2019 Form 990 Filing
  15. Reason Alliance 2019 IRS 990
  16. IRS.gov, 2018 Form 990EZ Filing
  17. Reason Alliance 2018 IRS 990EZ
  18. Reason Alliance 2017 IRS 990EZ
  19. Reason Alliance 2017 Annual Report
  20. Reason Alliance 2016 IRS 990EZ
  21. Reason Alliance 2016 Annual Report
  22. Reason Alliance 2015 IRS 990EZ
  23. Reason Alliance 2015 Annual Report
  24. Reason Alliance 2014 Annual Report
  25. Reason Alliance 2014 Bylaws
  26. File:02006202 ReasonAlliance 2014 OfficersDirectors.pdf