[Noisebridge-discuss] Bernie?

Corey Quinn corey at sequestered.net
Mon Aug 24 21:29:34 UTC 2015


Okay, in the interest of adding value to the space / list, I asked an
attorney about this. Note that this isn't legal advice, it's an
off-the-cuff response to a (probably badly) phrased question, no legal
relationship is explicitly or implicitly expressed, etc:

> That could theoretically get them in trouble, yeah. If it's purely about
giving some of their active members a place to meet and talk about
whatever, that is probably okay, but the more they explicitly make it about
a meetup to support a political candidate, the higher the risk to their tax
exempt status. This wouldn't require anyone raising it / reporting it as a
concern, either. The IRS could find out through a random audit etc.


On Mon, Aug 24, 2015 at 2:02 PM, Corey Quinn <corey at sequestered.net> wrote:

> It sounds like the easy / risk-averse answer here is "no, find another
> place for the Sanders meetup," unless I've missed something?
>
> -- Corey
>
> On Mon, Aug 24, 2015 at 1:59 PM, ITechGeek <itg at itechgeek.com> wrote:
>
>>
>> On Mon, Aug 24, 2015 at 4:03 PM, Josh Juran <jjuran at gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>>> I sure hope public libraries aren't supporting candidates for political
>>> office.
>>
>>
>> Public libraries are used, but they provide their spaces equally, first
>> come, first serve meeting areas, same prices for all regardless of what
>> they're being used for and the non-meeting areas are open to anyone.
>>
>> The thing is groups know how libraries provide services, the problem will
>> come if Noisebridge allows the Sanders supporters and people from another
>> campaign decide to complain w/o asking if you will provide them space
>> equally.
>>
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