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Re: Theos-World School No. 1, Beslan

Sep 08, 2004 11:27 AM
by Bart Lidofsky

stevestubbs wrote:
The Theosophical Society should not get active in politics
Great idea, Bart, but if it is registered as a nonprofit organization it is prohibited by law from getting into politics, Bart.
Only partially true. In the United States political organizations are generally nonprofit, but donations to these organizations are NOT tax deductible. In addition, according to the IRS, "Section 501(c)(3) organizations are prohibited from participating or intervening in any political campaign on behalf of, or in opposition to, any candidate for public office." This does not mean that they can't support CAUSES, provided that it is clearly not in support or against any given candidate in any given election. For example, if, say, a minister for a church supports the right to arm bears, she cannot say, "Vote for Senator Flapdoodle, who is a strong proponent of bear rights", but she CAN say something like, "Please encourage whomever you're voting for to let the poor bears protect themselves."


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