What Are They Lobbying For?

TAF Spent $1.4M Of Appraiser’s Hard-earned Money On Lobbying Fees. 

TAF spent $1.4 million dollars lobbying over the past four years using the revenue they take in from appraisers…

To set the stage of the complete disdain for the appraisal industry and the public trust…

In the 2019 TAF 990 Filing, and based on the assumption their compensation has increased in the last three years, the two leaders of TAF, Dave & Kelly, run a 12 employee entity and make a staggering ± $750,000 annually. No wonder they don’t want to accept grant money to enable oversight in a not-for-profit!

But it gets worse…

TAF spent $1.4 million dollars lobbying over the past four years using the revenue they take in from appraisers in what amounts to a bureaucratic money making institution that is supposed to be a not-for-profit.

What are they lobbying for? I can only assume it is to keep the status quo. I urge TAF to share with the world what they are spending all that money on. Perhaps I’ll get another chickenshit letter that I can frame in my office. Remember this is the leadership that thought sending this bat-shit crazy letter  was a good idea.

Hat tip to commenter “Baggins” on my AppraisersBlogs post “TAF Charging for Misleading Classes” for sharing the links to the 990!

Jonathan Miller
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Jonathan Miller

Jonathan Miller

Jonathan Miller is President and CEO of Miller Samuel Inc., a real estate appraisal and consulting firm he co-founded in 1986. He is a state-certified real estate appraiser in New York and Connecticut, performing court testimony as an expert witness in various local, state and federal courts.

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6 Responses

  1. Avatar Eric Kennedy says:

    Wow!! Thanks for the info and transparency. The Cobras are alive and spreading throughout the city.

  2. Avatar PJTMC says:

    Is there an email address available for them.? It would be good to post with this blog so appraisers and other “interested” individuals can contact them for answers. There appears to be no oversight and no accountability. Perhaps this is an issue for Federal authorities to investigate? Lobbying companies are heavily regulated and need to be held accountable; smaller guys sometimes slip through the cracks. If their efforts are anything less than the intent of supporting the appraisal industry and appraisers are simply a vehicle to line their pockets they need to be investigated.

  3. Baggins Baggins says:

    Thank you. One wonders what is being accomplished with the lobbyist budgets. Exact lobbyist firm names are available in the detailed non profit tax disclosure documents. Research is simple; find the non profits EIN number which is publicly available. There are many of them surfing the primary appraisal industry waves and those on the outskirts. Then use the IRS non profit 501c research tool to look at their tax profiles. After that, correlating names and companies is the more tedious part not yet performed. FOIA may be relevant for new discoveries, nobody seems to be looking at those potential correlations and conflict of interest possibilities yet. Who are the lobbying companies hired, what is their purpose, whom else do they work with, and what other activities do they engage in?

    I’ve posted the amc trade groups taxes, taf, and a few others. Also previously posted various 501c reform activist groups whom recognize the pervasive problem created by grants and non profit companies. IRS has specific complaint forms for anyone whom requests an audit of a non profit, and can be requested anonymously or as a group effort.

  4. Avatar IMJSAYN says:

    What are they lobbying for? That is the 1.4 million dollar question!

  5. Baggins Baggins says:


    Well, the probability of mismanagement in non profits is statistically higher… Substantially.

    Did anyone dare to fill out the irs audit request?

  6. Baggins Baggins says:

    I’m still sharing these articles out there today you know. The rise of the non profits. They’re destroying a lot of industries, not just appraisal.


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What Are They Lobbying For?

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