[Noisebridge-discuss] Noisebridge Hackers Voter Guide?

Leif Ryge leif at synthesize.us
Mon Nov 7 14:58:21 PST 2011


On 11/07/2011 02:43 PM, Olya K wrote:
> So I think its ok then to discuss, take a stance, as an organization, on
> certain issues, and, possibly even suggest how to vote on the prop's,
> but not actually endorse candidates?

That is not my reading; I'm (not a lawyer but) pretty sure 501(c)(3)s 
taking stances on ballot measures is not OK.

See these two pages (from the references on that wikipedia article):

http://www.npaction.org/article/articleview/183/1/116
http://www.npaction.org/article/articleview/396/1/276

Also keep in mind that at the end of the day the IRS' interpretation of 
the law is what really matters... Wherever the line actually is, I think 
it is best not to approach it.

~leif


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