Re: Campaign Letter

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Sun Jan 25 2004 - 13:13:25 CST


> The word "campaign" triggered a thought:
> I know that that the OVC is not yet a Federally tax exempt organizaion,
> but it probably ought to get into the habit of acting according to the
> restrictions that constrain such organization. The exact limitations
> depend on the exact type of exemption obtained. In the meantime it might
> be worthwhile to take a glance at what some other organizations do to keep
> themselves away from troublesome questions. Some of the distinctions are
> subtle. This is not an area in which I have expertise (apart from knowing
> that there are lurking dragons.)
The word "campaign" in this context means something like "advocacy effort."
I seriously doubt we're running close to any situtation that would cause
problems with obtaining tax exempt status. I will run it by our legal team,
just the same.

We will be applying under the 501 (c)(6) code, as most trade associations
do. This will rule out some grants from foundations that require 501 (c)(3)
status but it's less restrictive. A trade association is expected to
actively promote the business interests that its members want it to
promote -- in our case that would be the development and deployment of an
open voting system.

--Alan D.
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