On Thu, Dec 20, 2012 at 7:48 AM, Itzik Edri <itzik@infra.co.il> wrote:
Amgine, Of course the US law not apply on IL, but every entity that 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.

FDC funds may not be used for political campaign activity or lobbying, but lobbying activity may be covered by project grants from the GAC or other funding sources. Here is the line on the FDC request form:

The term “political or legislative activities” includes any activities relating to political campaigns or candidates (including the contribution of funds and the publication of position statements relating to political campaigns or candidates); voter registration activities; meetings with or submissions and petitions to government executives, ministers, officers or agencies on political or policy issues; and any other activities seeking government intervention or policy implementation (like “lobbying”), whether directed toward the government or the community or public at large. Grants for such activities (when permitted under U.S. law and IRS regulations) should be sought from the GAC.


See also http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Funds_Dissemination_Committee/Framework_for_the_Creation_and_Initial_Operation_of_the_FDC#General_versus_project_funding

I cannot provide you legal advice, but I am happy to discuss the issue with you in detail if you are concerned.

Stephen LaPorte
Legal Counsel
Wikimedia Foundation

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