[Noisebridge-discuss] Bernie?

Ronald Cotoni setient at gmail.com
Mon Aug 24 18:51:04 UTC 2015


Lets not find out the hard way.  Let's ask our Accountant and possibly our
lawyer for the definitive answer on this.  Grey area's suck!

On Mon, Aug 24, 2015 at 11:43 AM, ITechGeek <itg at itechgeek.com> wrote:

> The IRS appears to feel a little different about issues/ballots/measures
> than candidates.
>
> And from what I was reading having discussions among membership is ok, but
> the point where the 501c3 is providing support to a specific campaign is
> bad and providing space to a bunch of supporters is probably a VERY dark
> gray area.
>
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> On Mon, Aug 24, 2015 at 2:28 PM, Jacob Appelbaum <jacob at appelbaum.net>
> wrote:
>
>> On 8/24/15, girlgeek <girlgeek at live.com> wrote:
>> > A small group of volunteers for Bernie Sanders would like to meet in
>> > Church or Turing when it is not otherwise in use.   Does anyone know, is
>> > there anything in our 501c3 rules (or other rules) that applies for
>> > political campaigns?  We wouldn't be doing any fundraising.
>> > Just figuring out what we are doing among volunteers.
>> >
>>
>> Noisebridge is a very political space - we've held lots of meetings
>> that had specific political goals, especially around issues of wealth
>> inequality and social injustice.
>>
>> Of course, there is no consensus on supporting Bernie and as such, I
>> see little to endanger the 501c3 status of Noisebridge. This was true
>> for OccupySF and for many many other political causes, especially
>> around Free Software, that have been openly and freely operating in
>> the space. If Noisebridge ever directly came out in support of a
>> political leader, I guess it would have to involve Cthulu or another
>> elder god. I think Bernie isn't old enough, nor has he eaten the souls
>> of enough people to qualify for even holding a discussion that could
>> threaten our status.
>>
>> Have a great meeting and good luck overthrowing the American oligarchy!
>>
>> All the best,
>> Jake
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