Monday, July 09, 2007

Riddle Me This/Now Update with TAX CODE!

Isn't the NAACP a non-profit? And, doesn't that mean you aren't supposed to delve into politics? I seem to remember people getting upset when (white) churches crossed the line between religion into politics (I say white churches, because up here in Detroit the black churches delve into politics all the time.)

Anyway, the NAACP is hosting a debate with the candidates here in Detroit later this week. With the Democratic candidates.

And, Julian Bond (spit)preaches political all the time.


NAACP is 501(C)(3), which tax codes states in relation to politics:

Organizations with this classification are prohibited from conducting political campaign activities to influence elections to public office. Public charities (but not private foundations) are permitted to conduct a limited amount of lobbying to influence legislation. Although the law states that "no substantial part" of a public charity's activities may be devoted to lobbying, charities with very large budgets may lawfully expend a million dollars (under the "expenditure" test) or more (under the "substantial part" test) per year on lobbying. [1]
All 501(c)(3) organizations are also permitted to educate individuals about issues, or fund research that supports their political position without overtly advocating for a position on a specific bill. Think tanks such as the Cato Institute, Center for American Progress, and Heritage Foundation and other 501(c)(3) organizations produce reports and recommendations on policy proposals that do not count as lobbying under the tax code.

So, what do they say to that flyer (and accompanying radio campaign) I received before the election which practically claimed Bush was personally responsible for the dragging death of a black man?

Not political, huh?