Thursday, August 9, 2007

Animal Rights Organizations have found a way to "Electioneer" - Have We?

The following question and answers come form the Humane USA website which is a great place to go find out who the Animal Rights organizations support. These are the Congressmen & women that we need to focus our efforts on. We are 10 years behind the "Humane" movement when it comes to elections.

Who formed Humane USA?
Established by Wayne Pacelle and Linda Nealon, the organization is supported by leaders of most of the major animal welfare groups in the country as well as many influential individuals. Our boards of directors, associate directors, and advisors are comprised of representatives from the following organizations: Humane Society of the United States, The Fund for Animals, Farm Sanctuary, Animal Welfare Institute, The Ark Trust, Doris Day Animal League, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Pegasus Fund, Animal Rights Foundation of Florida, EarthSave and others.

How do local and national animal protection organizations support Humane USA?
By law, charitable organizations are not allowed to donate any funds to support Humane USA's electioneering activities. Individual board members and staff can help as volunteers and donors. All of the advisors and directors associated with Humane USA volunteer their time.

What's the difference between lobbying and electioneering?
Lobbying entails persuading elected officials to support a specific position on legislation. Electioneering involves endorsing a specific candidate, donating money to his or her campaign, holding a fundraiser for a candidate, or otherwise attempting to influence the outcome of an election. Nonprofit groups can and should lobby (although there are limits to the amount of time and money that can be devoted to lobbying under Internal Revenue Service rules). However, nonprofit groups cannot electioneer without breaking the law. If they do, they jeopardize their tax-exempt status.

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