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06/26/2012

Is NOM violating C3, C4 coordination laws?

by Jeremy Hooper

I've been tipped before about the way NOM enjoins its Educational Fund activities with its endorsement and other campaign efforts, a collusion that seems to come very close to crossing the line of what tax-exempt organizations can and cannot do. But now, with both NOM's Dump General Mills boycott (a c3 campaign) and their electoral activities (c4 behavior) ramping up, I'm really wondering if there might be some violations going on:

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Some information about the can and cannot of coordination, via Independent Sector:

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There is clearly staff overlap (Brian Brown's ActRight site is pushing the General Mills effort; NOM's Thomas Peters is pushing both; etc) and the same properties are being used for both purposes. Plus let's not forget that this General Mills effort also has connections to the campaign activities of Minnesota For Marriage, of which NOM is the head coalition partner.

If nothing else, it's worth keeping an eye on.

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