[Foundation-l] Politico: "Wikimedia foundation hires lobbyists on sopa, pipa"
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Sun Jan 22 18:00:26 UTC 2012
On Sun, Jan 22, 2012 at 12:33 PM, Pedro Sanchez <pdsanchez at gmail.com> wrote:
> I'm worried that we may be getting in trouble.
> I don't know about US laws, but are charitable organizations allowed
> to meddle in political lobbying?
> I'd appreciate if more knowledgeable people could give us some light.
It's perfectly allowed, and we're allowed to take positions on
specific bills - it is just that lobbying cannot be a 'substantial
part' of the WMF's activities unless it switches its charity type.
(Googling around, I was reading
and http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-tege/eotopicp97.pdf )
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