Nowhere on the list is the National Football League or the Joyful Heart Foundation. So let’s talk about the conspicuously absent NFL.
The National Football League
The misleading “NO MORE Super Bowl PSA” made No More famous, and it helped the NFL improve its reputation — until more players got arrested and individual teams demonstrated that they don’t care about women by signing batterers like Greg Hardy and using high draft picks on college players like Jameis Winston and Frank Clark.
No More’s relationship with the NFL is unclear to me. No More co-founder Jane Randel is a paid NFL adviser. Her profession, which I don’t fault, is repairing corporate reputations when they screw up, like fouling the environment or running sweat shops with child employees. Or, in the NFL’s case, ignore, minimize, or suppress player violence against women. Randel was in a position at No More to benefit the NFL by using the No More brand she created, which is still owned by her former employer, Kate Spade & Company, to polish the NFL’s image.
No More benefited too by having its name, logo/symbol, and standard slogan seen by 100,000,000 people. As I said, it made No More famous. According to No More’s “about” page, the ad was created by the NFL and Grey Advertising and shown on the most watched show on TV on air-time “donated” by the NFL.
What No More doesn’t say is to whom or for whom the NFL donated the ad time and the cost of making the ad. Super Bowl commercial time is very expensive. Plus, the well-made video was created by the NFL and an ad agency, not by No More. Did No More, the NFL, or anyone else report to the IRS the value of the donated air-time or the cost of making the ad? What was it worth to No More to be front and center at the Super Bowl and to have its PSA go viral on the internet? You know my next question already, did No More report to the IRS a donation for the benefit it received from that exposure? We can pretty much guess the answer to that one.
The United States Justice Department Office on Violence Against Women
Yes, I really said the federal government. I said it because a press release on nomore.org claims the Justice Department Office on Violence Against (OVW) is one of its supporters. And, as preposterous as it may sound, No More includes the OVW logo in a listing of its steering committee members.
I couldn’t find confirmation that No More has received any Justice Department funding. But the mere suggestion that the Justice Department is on No More’s steering committee is laughable. Do you suppose anyone has informed the new attorney general that one of her jobs is to steer No More? I wonder what ethics investigators would think about the Justice Department, the OVW, or a federal employee being on the steering committee of an organization that apparently has no recognized business structure, nonprofit or otherwise, but is involved in many ostensibly nonprofit activities.
Fifth & Pacific Foundation
This one is just too interesting. It doesn’t exist.
Just as a refresher, Liz Claiborne became Fifth & Pacific which in turn became Kate Spade & Company. Jane Randel (her again) worked for all of them as a public relations/communications expert. She headed the foundation, when it used to be in operation. Now it’s as mysterious as No More.
If you click on the Fifth & Pacific Foundation logo at the bottom of No More’s home page, you get Kate Spade & Company. The company, not the foundation. The very same company that owns the No More trademark and the nomore.org domain. Once you’re there, if you search for the Kate Spade Foundation, you get a single page that says its operations have been suspended.
If you do a Google search for the Kate Spade Foundation, you get the same single page I just mentioned. This is what it says about itself: “The Foundation is currently reviewing its giving priorities and is not accepting proposals at this time. Please check back periodically for updated information. We look forward to sharing our vision and values with you.”
Another dead-end in the search for the identity of the shadowy No More and its source of funding. But this is worse than a dead-end. This is the organization once headed by No More’s co-founder who is also the NFL’s reputation fixer and adviser. What was No More trying to do by listing it under the wrong name among its funders, especially in light of its suspension of operations?
Jazz Pharma is the only producer of legal GHB in the world. GHB is commonly known as the date rape drug. Date rape is not “date” rape. It has nothing to do with dating. It’s just rape, plain and simple. Some people prefer to call date rape by another name, drug facilitated sexual assault. Whatever you call it, it’s rape.
The drug is ________, an apparently effective aid for narcolepsy patients. And to be fair, it isn’t exactly GHB. But it comes from GBL, the main ingredient of GHB. _________ is highly regulated and there are no documented cases of it being abused.
That’s not the whole story, though. _____________ was developed by another company that Jazz now owns. To settle a criminal investigation of that company after Jazz took it over, _____ pled guilty to _________ and paid a $20,000,000 fine. The offense it pled guilty to was aggressively pursuing sales of the drug for off-label uses. That means uses not approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Expanding sales to off-label users would dramatically increase the doses in the hands of the public, and dramatically raise the possibility of it falling into the hands of a rapist.
Over __% of Jazz’s sales come from __________. It’s a cash cow because it doesn’t cost much to make. Jazz has a monopoly on it and charges monopolistic prices for it. And Jazz’s stock price has soared.
I can’t say for sure why Jazz Pharmaceuticals helps fund No More, but it would be real bad for business if ______ became known as a drug used in rapes, not to mention the potential liability for lawsuits. It makes sense for Jazz to hedge its bets by becoming known for supporting an organization that promotes awareness of sexual assault issues. And just think of the value of having No More at its beck and call just in case Jazz’s reputation needs fixing.
If Jazz gets a charitable contribution deduction for supporting No More, the money has to be donated to an IRS-recognized nonprofit. Questions: Does Jazz give its money to No More or Joyful Heart or someone else? Does Jazz get a charitable contribution deduction? Does No More, Joyful Heart, or anyone else report the donation as income?
It’s bad enough that JHF proudly claims No More as its program while No More proudly proclaims Jazz as a funder of its operations. It would be too much irony if it turns out that a date rape drug manufacturer has made donations to Joyful Heart Foundation, whose original purpose was to stop sexual assault.
South by Southwest Conference (SXSW)
No More proudly announced in an emailed invitation that it was “getting in on the action” at SXSW. The email said the 12-hour event was sponsored by by Delve Texas, Newtek, and Tivamo. The picture invite said it was “presented” by those 3 plus No More itself and that it was “benefiting” the National Domestic Violence Hotline and SafePlace.
It would be interesting to see how much money was spent by No More and the three sponsors to throw the party, and to compare that cost with the amount of money generated for the hotline and SafePlace. Maybe I could be persuaded by those numbers that “getting in on the action” at SXSW was a good idea for an organization supposedly dedicated to fighting domestic violence and rape. But you know as well as I do that No More will never reveal expense and income figures from the event, if it even knows.
I have other questions: Did Delve Texas, Newtek, or Tivamo receive any tax benefit from sponsoring the event? Who decided that the national hotline and the local SafePlace would be financial beneficiaries of the dance party? Who made the arrangements for the venue and the bands that performed? Who made the arrangements for No More with the three event sponsors? Was anyone who made any of the decisions or arrangements compensated by anyone? By whom? Was the event part of Joyful Heart Foundation’s fiscal sponsorship of No More? Did Joyful Heart receive funding from Delve Texas, Newtek, or Tivamo? Did JHF pay expenses for the event? (Incidentally, Mariska Hargitay was front and center at No More’s SXSW.)
Who Or What Is No More?
I have presented a lot of information in this and the previous post. The point of it all is that we don’t know for sure what No More is although it aspires to be the overarching or unifying symbol of the fight against domestic violence and rape. It appears to be a sham, however, just as Diana Moskovitz said it was weeks ago.
Someone has to make decisions about which employees/consultants to hire, what their pay will be, and what they do. Someone has to make decisions about every action taken by or on behalf of No More. By law, someone has to provide No More’s employees/consultants either a Form 1099 or a W-2 form so they can declare their earnings and pay their federal income taxes. Funds paid to or on behalf of No More for charitable purposes should be funneled through a fiscal sponsor, or No More should have 401(c)3 status.
Because No More lacks transparency, we don’t have any real knowledge of what it is or who makes decisions for it. We can’t be certain who or what prompted Jane Randel, Virginia Witt, and Anne Glauber to create No More in the first place. I want to know, and this is a matter dear to my heart, who first brought up the idea of combining domestic violence and sexual assault under one symbol and thus conflating two very different phenomena as though they are the same.
We do know for certain that those three co-founders are in the business of repairing corporations’ broken reputations. And we know that No More came to the NFL’s rescue when its reputation about domestic violence was in the pits, and the City of Memphis has used No More to polish its reputation tarnished by a huge cache of untested rape kits and a decades old culture of hostility to rape victims.
We know, too, that co-founder Jane Randel was hired last year to help the NFL deal with the domestic violence and sexual assault problems. She still claims employment by No More and the NFL. We know that the No More logo and internet domain are owned by Kate Spade & Company, Randel’s employer until last year.
So what we have is an organization whose structure is invisible, that was created by three people who were and are in the business of making corporations look better than they are when their reputations take a hit, that those three people are evidently still in charge, and that it appears to be flouting income tax laws. No More has done some good, has raised some money for some good victims programs, but that good doesn’t offset the harm of three PR people wresting control of messaging from the domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy communities. Nor does it justify No More’s setting back both victims’ movements by treating domestic violence and rape as one problem.
Worst of all, the PR people heading up No More can still trot out the No More symbol for any corporation that needs a little reputation repair. There’s always the NFL, especially with Jane Randel at work there and able to funnel high-profile work to No More.