Tuesday, June 20, 2006

There’s One For You, Nineteen For Me

I happen to receive the always riveting Non-Profit Times weekly e-newsletter. They had a little heads-up in this week’s issue:

Any statements made by [non-profit] organizations that could be interpreted as “political intervention” will draw the interest of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Among the flags the IRS is looking for:
  • Whether the statement identifies candidates for political office.
  • Whether the statement expresses approval or disapproval for one or more candidates’ positions and/or actions.
  • Whether the statement is delivered close in time to the election.
  • Whether the statement references voting or an election.
  • Whether the issue has been raised as an issue distinguishing candidates for public office.
  • Whether the statement is delivered as part of an ongoing series of communications by the charity on the same issues that is made independent of the timing of any election
  • Whether the timing of the statement and identification of a candidate are related to a non-electoral event such as a scheduled vote on a specific piece of legislation by an office holder who is also a current candidate for public office.
  • Not mentioned in this particular article? The aforementioned rules are null and void if you are a supporter of President Bush.

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