FED UP IN RI IS NOT A 501(c) NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION – BECAUSE WE WILL NOT BE SILENCED UNDER NEW I.R.S. RULES!!
Currently, non profits are allowed to devote only a small % of their resources to non-partisan political activity. IRS announced new rules that would further give it the authority to prohibit voter education activities – voter guides, legislative scorecards, get-out-the-vote campaigns and even the voter registration activities of non-profit groups, calling such civic engagement as “candidate-related political activity.”
With these new rules, there has been much misinformation and confusion about what 501c organizations can and cannot do, and it has made many non profits nervous about speaking out, and rightfully so.
The I.R.S. Rules ‘forbid a non-profit to support, oppose, discuss, or question those seeking political office. It forbids the gathering of signatures on petitions with political content of any kind, including nominating petitions and the advice, suggestion or request that the electorate support or oppose House and Senate bills.’ That is why many groups are ‘think tanks’ that produce their own initiatives to promote.
‘By extension, these drastic restrictions would be applicable at every level of government – federal, state, and local – and to all political offices, agencies and departments that involves any kind of support or opposition to any kind of legislation whatsoever.’
‘The IRS regs target speech on the Internet, and speech on the Internet is permanent. With this threat of censorship hanging over their heads, 501(c) nonprofit organizations will surely hedge on their communications going into this 2014 election cycle because even commenting on candidates will be deemed “candidate-related political activity,” even though there is no candidate mentioned.
Voters lose because they will not receive a variety of information and opinions to inform their votes.’
For these reasons, FED UP IN RI has deliberately chosen NOT to apply for or be a 501(c) Non-Profit Organization. Frankly, we don’t have the time for this folly, so if our contributions are diminished by it, at least our voice – and more importantly – your voices won’t be!
WHEREAS, communicating with the public about these matters is the major purpose of our campaign, FED UP will not be legally dictated to as to who we can talk with, or about what we can say.
THEREFORE, maintaining our freedom to communicate ideas and preferences – i.e., your values – by any means to anyone about anything for any purpose is The FED UP IN RI CAMPAIGN!