This is a statement from James Neighbors, of Overpasses for America, about talk that he used some money from donations and sales for personal expenses.
To all my friends and colleagues, I thank you all for your support and loyalty in making this organization a success; you are the cogs in the wheels of success.
Because we are all in this together as a team, I want to make a final comment regarding the whirlwind of rumors and comments, The fact is, as the Founder of the movement, I COULD pay myself a salary for my work, I have been advised that this would be legal, ethical, and justifiable. Every major non-profit organization in America has paid staff, and obviously for-profit companies do the same.
When I founded this organization, I chose not to take a salary, I decided that I would work just as hard as my volunteers if not harder to grow this organization and fulfill our mission to impeach Obama.
I do not deny that I borrowed (and I stress borrowed) funding from the sales and donations for Overpasses. I took this action as it was the only way I could sustain running this organization.
Before removing any monies from the donation account, the national leaders were advised and agreed it was necessary for the good of the movement. The decision was made that I would take a loan and pay it back with interest as soon as possible. An organization does not run by itself, if my financial situation was not impeded by the same legal system we are fighting this would never have been an issue.
My goal has been to be an organizer, a motivator and creator of a movement that has a voice, we have done that . I am not the greatest business genius. That is not my forte, what I am an American patriot who loves our country and stood up to do so something. I am one of the many who is fighting the
system to get what is legally and morally mine, no more, no less.
I will not join in the slander, bashing or rumor mongering as my former trusted national leaders are doing , I will stand on my principles and just say to you, I am the founder of this movement, any other comments to the contrary are untrue.
I will not go into details about what happened internally within the leadership to bring us to this conclusion; however will say that all parties concerned knew exactly what went on and in fact agreed it was the best course of action. For the same people to feign they knew nothing is ludicrous, we discussed everything and those who were involved know the truth.
I have grown behind this experience; I now know that I need someone who will handle the fiduciary part of this organization. I have enlisted the services of a certified business accountant who will manage the account, and he has offered to do so free of charge. We will decide very soon if we will file as a 501-C3 non profit or another designator. We will make the decision based on the best interest of our organization.
Now it is up to you to decide what path you want to take, stay and fight the good fight believing that I James Neighbors is the same man you followed from the beginning.
All I can ask you to do at this point is to continue doing what we’ve been doing. Organizing rallies , and having protests.