Monday, May 19, 2008

Abuse of charitable organization status

The IRS specifically forbids organizations holding 501C3 status from engaging in ANY political activity. That means that if any charitable organization uses any of it's money or resources to advance a political agenda or candidate (including endorsements), they are in violation of the law. The Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce holds just such a charitable designation. They have violated that designation. Below is an email sent out by the head of the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce, Barbara Thomason, regarding the Lone Star College District Bonds:

----- Forwarded Message ----
From: "barbarat@houstonnwchamber.org" <barbarat@houstonnwchamber.org>
To: xxxxxxxxx@swbell.net
Sent: Monday, April 28, 2008 12:32:27 PM
Subject: Yard Signs for LSCS Bond - Vote YES

Chamber Friends,
May 10th is voting day for the Lone Star College System Bond. The Houston Northwest Chamber is a pick-up place for LSCS Bond Yard Signs. Pick up yours M-F, 8-5 at 14511 Falling Creek, Houston 77014.
Here are the Facts:
  • This bond was developed with input from the community.
  • The bond referendum will NOT increase the tax rate.
  • LSCS serves 50,000 students and is one of the fastest growing community colleges in the US.
  • LSCS has doubled in size since 2002.
  • LSCS educated 2/3 of the nurses in our area. This is an occupation in a critical shortage.
  • Property taxes for seniors 65 and older are frozen by law and will not increase.
If you still think it doesn't impact you or your community, read about the University Center planned for our specific area at http://www.lonestar.edu/138139/
and pick up your yard sign today!
Barbara Thomason
Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce
281-440-4160
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This is a violation of their IRS charitable status and I am filing a complaint as soon as I hit "Publish Post".

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been sent over a dozen emails for various other electioneering activities, with the same "gist."

In my view, and I had paid many a years dues to this organization, it's vision to me is looking like FM1960 does to today... tired and tattered. Seems that as I drive down 1960 I see more than the usual hand full of vacancies and run down strip centers and basically it nothing near what it used to be. The boom has moved north to FM 2920 and beyond.

It's sad that we need to euthanasias the old "dog" but it looks like she has outlived her usefulness, and I will file the necessary papers to lift the the 501C3. There is no excuse and those that participated are no better than the thugs that we lock up in the TDJC... as they should be. There was more money at stake here and a greater crime than robbing a 7-11 or a Valero/Stop-N-Go... and why they aren't being hauled off in chains, I don't know...perhaps the constable is too busy shuffling between subdivisions?

Perhaps it's a case of "look the other way" syndrome..... equal protection? BS

I'd say it enough to place the election in contention and re do it in November when all the people can vote...what do you think?

I could not for the life of me find where to vote, as the voting place was closed and no sign, of which someone could have easily posted a sign telling everybody where to go..

May 19, 2008 3:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck to you. I filed a complaint with the Justice Department regarding Kleins use of schools to get the vote out among parents of students thereby disenfranchising seniors and people who did not have kids in school. Nothing happened.

May 20, 2008 2:52 PM  

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