Amgine, Of course the US law not apply on IL, but everyentitythat get budget from the FDC confirm that he will not be involve in politics lobbing. It seem that what is not consider political lobbing in Israel is consider true in US, so we need to see that we not clash with the FDC rules.

Itzik

On Thu, Dec 20, 2012 at 5:36 PM, Amgine <amgine@wikimedians.ca> wrote:
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On 20/12/12 01:07 AM, Itzik Edri wrote:
> According to this laws what WMIL did to lobby and push legislation
> to release government photos under CC was not ok?
>
> - Sent from my mobile device On Dec 20, 2012 2:34 AM, "Stephen
> LaPorte" <slaporte@wikimedia.org> wrote:
>
>> Pine,
>>
>> Nonprofits may lobby, but not without limit. In the U.S., a
>> tax-exempt nonprofit is absolutely prohibited from engaging in
>> political campaign activity (opposing or favoring a political
>> candidate), and lobbying (attempts to influence legislation)
>> cannot be a substantial part of its activity. The lobbying
>> regulations are very technical, so lobbying activity must be
>> monitored for proper accounting.
>>
>> There are alternative types of organizations, such as social
>> welfare organizations ( 501(c)(4)) and political organizations
>> ( 527), that have more flexibility to engage in political or
>> lobbying activity. However, these organizations to do not enjoy
>> the same tax benefits as a charitable organization (501(c)(3)).
>>
>> The IRS has useful information on the topic:
>>
>> * http://www.irs.gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits/Lobbying *
>> http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-tege/election_year_phone_forum_slides.pdf
>>
>>
>>
>>
I am happy to see that the discussion on Commons is considering a number
>> of different approaches to the issue. Lobbying is one approach,
>> but outreach and creative licensing can also have a big impact.
>>
>> Thanks, Stephen


I believe WMIL is organized and acting under the rules and laws of
Israel. The US IRS rules probably do not specifically apply. (On the
other hand, 'substantial part' of its activities is deliberately vague
because the purpose of some legitimate 501(c)(3) NGOs may necessarily
involve lobbying - e.g. Legal aid, public health, etc.)

Amgine

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