[Foundation-l] Politico: "Wikimedia foundation hires lobbyists on sopa, pipa"

Philippe Beaudette philippe at wikimedia.org
Sun Jan 22 20:56:08 UTC 2012

You trust GOOGLE's interests to align sufficiently with ours, to the 
extent that you're willing to cede government affairs to them?


On Sun Jan 22 12:48:50 2012, geni wrote:
> On 22 January 2012 18:00, Gwern Branwen <gwern0 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 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
>> http://www.asaecenter.org/Resources/whitepaperdetail.cfm?ItemNumber=12202
>> and http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-tege/eotopicp97.pdf )
> What is highly questionable is if it a remotely worthwhile use of
> money. If Google's lobbyists can't impact SOPA and the like what makes
> the foundation think our can?

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