CABPRO drops mention of “nonprofit” from membership letter

CABPRO has dropped the mention of being a “not-for-profit organization” from a membership application posted on its website.

On Wednesday the application read: “While CABPRO is a not-for-profit organization, we have deliberately declined the 501c3 status for two reasons. The private corporation designation allows us to keep our membership confidential, and it frees us from unnecessary outside controls.”

As of Thursday, the application reads: “CABPRO was incorporated in May 1993 and as a private corporation CABPRO is able to keep our membership confidential and free from unnecessary outside controls that might affect First Amendment rights.”

There is no mention of nonprofit anywhere on the application anymore.

A copy of the two versions are cabpro1 and cabpro2.

CABPRO founder Todd Juvinall pointed to the new version on fellow conservatives Barry Pruett’s and George Rebane’s blog but offered no further explanation. “Perhaps you hapless liberals need to read the application for membership,” he wrote on Rebane’s blog.

The earlier version of the application — stating that CABPRO is a “not for profit” corporation — still appears in some PDF copies of the CABPRO news magazine that are on the website. A hard copy of the newsletter also circulates around town.

Local conservative advocate and attorney Barry Pruett, who also has written for CABPRO newsletter, previously has stated that CABPRO was a 5014c on his blog. “As we all know CABPRO is a corporation formed under 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code,” Barry wrote.

In its October newsletter CABPRO endorsed both the propositions and candidates for the upcoming November elections.

Both versions of the application read: “Membership is not tax deductible for federal tax purposes but may be deductible as an ordinary business expense. Consult your tax advisor.”

CABPRO’s Executive Director Martin Light has not responded to requests from Sierra Business Council President Steve Frisch to discuss the group’s nonprofit status.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

18 thoughts on “CABPRO drops mention of “nonprofit” from membership letter”

    1. Thank you SteveF.
      (and thanks to JeffP for having had the foresight to save the earlier membership application)

      > “CABPRO’s Executive Director Martin Light has not responded to requests from Sierra Business Council President Steve Frisch [and me] to discuss the group’s nonprofit status.”

      …which makes Light’s complaint about me last spring ironic…
      “clearly …she had not done her homework prior to calling me. She was very confused as to what CABPRO’s legal status is …”

      It’s true that someone was confused.

      FWIW, The [so called] Green Pages, from 1997, has CABPRO listed as a for-profit org –
      (“Tax Status: For profit…[CABPRO’s] activities include grassroots mobilization, policy analyses, sponsoring conferences, lobbying, communications, and public relations.”)

  1. Whoops.

    It’s amazing what a little focused light can do to illuminate reality, driving obfuscation out of the dark shadows.

    Thanks to all the players, including CABPRO which can now go about its business w/o a question mark hanging over it’s banner.

    Never woulda happened w/o the Nevada County blogging engines bringing in the sheaves.

    Well done.

  2. Just so I’m understanding this, correct me if I’m wrong…It appears CABPRO has had misleading, if not outright dishonest information posted about itself from 1997. And at least partially due to the discussion here, it has finally revealed the truth that it is not a not for profit organization.

    Maybe it was just a 13 year old clerical error, and no one who is actually part of CABPRO, in the interim, took the time to see what it is that they actually are, or whether what they post to prospective members is true . And it’s only an innocent mistake. Trust them.

    I’m going join right up. Something tells me they have my best interest in mind.

    1. Yes, I was going to blog about that tomorrow. No mention of the “Yes on 23” icon on his blog or the fact that the “report” does not mention any analysis of Nevada County except that it’s “positive” in the conclusion. Very scary stuff from the “paid” media here. I can see why people come up with “conspiracy theories” with the right-wing bent of KNCO and all, but I think it’s just ignorance.

  3. RE: I think it’s just ignorance.

    That may be but ignorance is no excuse. They are in the MEDIA BIZ (at least that is what I think they are a biz). Perhaps just the “airway” version of the Tea Party Gaaaaaaaazzzzzzzzzette!

    Perhaps I am in the minority but I remember as a kid we had “secret” clubs. Is that what we have here, a grown up version?

    What was here was about twenty sentences but I decided to spare you my take on secret organizations in this county. A Pretty Diverse Group, I am sure. I am also sure about 90% of the folks who post here ain’t likely to get invited to join, so I will just leave it at that.


    California Association of Business, Property and Resource Owners (CABPRO)Like

    Detailed Info

    Website:“In order to strengthen and restore Northern California’s economic freedom and prosperity, and to maintain its healthy environment, CABPRO works for lower fees and taxes, less government regulation, and preservation of property rights for all residents, and business, property, and resource owners.”

    Why Does CABPRO Exist?

    CABPRO was established in 1993 when some residents of Nevada County saw property rights, limited government, and common sense get replaced with a big government, environment-only focus. These special interest groups had plenty of help from agenda-driven outsiders. Founders of CABPRO were faced with a choice – either tolerate the changes and see the traditional way of life disappear, or become organized and start building a base of political support to restore a balance.

    Since those early years CABPRO has evolved into a resource center for projects and programs focused on educating and empowering citizens in the Sierra Nevada Foothills Region of Northern California regarding their rights and responsibilities under the Constitution of the United States of America.

    CABPRO can best be described as a ‘lone voice’ for conservative values, limited government, the rights of business, property and resource owners in Northern California, which is awash with hundreds of non-profit organizations promoting liberal values, extremism and agendas that threaten the infrastructure and fabric of American culture. Regional media sources and educational institutions focus on liberal agendas, issues and values so CABPRO has stepped forward to thwart such unbalanced agendas to add a conservative voice into the discussion.

    PO Box 902
    Grass Valley, CA 95945
    (530) 478-1331
    (530) 478-9528 Fax

    Products:CABPRO News Magazine

    To receive our monthly publication by mail, go to and click the “Join Us” link in the navigation bar. Print and fill out the Membership Application form, include your desired donation amount, and mail it to our office!


    AND FOUR PEOPLE LISTED AS LIKE and no discussions or anything but changes on the WALL.

    1. Michelle, the recollection of an earlier CABPRO executive director (I’d name this person, but this person was civil, so I don’t want to get this person into trouble with this person’s CABPRO colleagues) was that the group had never been a 501 c anything – it had always been nominally a for-profit group.

      1. Thank you Anna. I was curious as I remember meetings occurring that may have been in the planning stages going back as far as 1994 or so. There were members who appeared to be quite civil, including TJ. Since then I don’t know what happened to TJ. His behavior is the antithesis of how I first met him.

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