Politics and Non-Profits

Discussion in 'Politics' started by StefanM, Jul 19, 2006.

  1. StefanM

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    We were discussing the IRS crackdown on political speech in churches, but that thread's about to be shut.

    I have a topic for discussion. Instead of making the church conform to the non-political speech requirements or having the church exempt from this requirement (and not other non-profits)....

    What about allowing all non-profits to be as political as they want?

    This obviously would allow political parties to be non-profit, tax-exempt organizations, if they so choose.

    What say you?
     
  2. KenH

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    I have no problem with it. I don't think that one's tax status should determine one's free speech rights. We allow people who live on the taxpayers' money to speak freely about politics.
     
  3. billwald

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    >This obviously would allow political parties to be non-profit, tax-exempt organizations, if they so choose.

    They are non-profits.
     
  4. JamieinNH

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    I, like Ken wouldn't see a problem with it, but I have an added view.

    If the Church really wanted to be able to say whatever they wanted to without the need to worry about their "status with the government" Why not give up the non-profit status and then they would be able to speak freely.

    I have never had an organization that was non-profit, so I am speaking very limited here, as I have no first hand knowledge.

    To me, I would say give up the non-profit status in order to speak freely and work towards changing the current laws to allow the church, even under a non-profit status to be able to speak freely, than reply for the non-profit status.

    Sounds like a round about, but in my opinion, I would think this would be a solution that would work.

    Sounds reasonable? Stupid?

    Jamie
     
  5. StefanM

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    I thought they weren't tax-exempt, though.
     
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  6. El_Guero

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    What you have to do (this is from memory) is set up a non-profit education type foundation to educate on your particular POV (point of view). The river boat guys that stood up against Kerry were that type of non-profit. The many non-profits that the democrats used during the last election to target their opposition were non-profits. These kinds of non-profits also have some loopholes about giving amounts (or at least they did - there was talk about shutting the loopholes).
     

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