Thursday, May 10, 2007

Ross Day/OIA in violation of federal law...?

Over at Land Use Watch, an interesting catch could be in the works.

Apparently, the Oregonians In Action Education Center newsletter contains a blurb about Director of Legal Affairs Ross Day's candidacy for Marion County Circuit Court Judge:

Land Use Watch takes note of a possible legal violation:

Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. The prohibition applies to all campaigns including campaigns at the federal, state and local level. Violation of this prohibition may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise taxes.


Allowing a candidate to use an organization’s assets or facilities will also violate the prohibition if other candidates are not given an equivalent opportunity.

Oregonians In Action Education is a 501(c)3 organization, according to the OIA website.

I'm no expert on the IRS code and the law surrounding 501(c)3 regulations--but this seems like it could be a problem for OIA.

Care to comment, Ross?