History helps get around the distractions - religious freedom, separation of church & state, non-profit tax exemptions - that keep us from seeing the hidden threat to our form of government.
“Far from wanting to keep politics out of the charitable realm, government’s primary concern in the era before our present federal tax code was keeping these voluntary associations out of politics. Both Presidents George Washington and James Madison saw private associations as posing an actual danger to popular government and to the country itself—special interests whose views, desires, and aims did not necessarily reflect the common good. The existence of these associations also seemed somehow incompatible with democratic institutions; many feared that as these groups grew in size and stature, they would attract both political power and financial resources, which could tip the balance of power in their favor to the detriment of individual citizens.”
These historic concerns have proven valid since, but laws were passed to push back.
In 1934, “Congress abolished the tax deduction for certain previously allowed philanthropic contributions, specifically those going to organizations where “a substantial part” of their activities consisted of “carrying on propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation.” This effectively prevented any organization that wanted to maintain the deductibility of the contributions it received from engaging in direct political action.
Twenty years later, “Senate Majority Leader Lyndon B. Johnson offered his famous 31 words further limiting the activity of charitable organizations: ‘ … and which does not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office.’ ”
Getting rid of the Johnson Amendment is all about giving more “power and influence” to the oligarchs via non-profit organizations. The oligarchs are already “carrying on propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation” via profit-based ‘persons.’ Eliminating the Johnson Amendment would expand the Citizens United decision to non-profits so more money will buy more politicians.
- (1) Government representatives with the moral commitment to equally protect and empower all the people where:
— (a) people’s individual freedoms are maximized, and
— (b) economic, social, racial, and environmental injustices by those who abuse their freedoms are minimized, combined with
- (2) Active participation (voting and political activism) of a majority of the people to maintain such a people-driven government.
Opportunities To Impact All Our Futures
The GCDP is doubling our 2018 budget to fund our 2019/2020 county campaign expenses. Running a county party campaign requires volunteers and funding. We have expenses we must pay: our 2020 county convention and primary election; professional Field Operations Director; dedicated/paid block walkers; equipment rental, utilities, internet access, and legal fees for a election headquarters; mailing thousands of applications for voting by mail; door hangers for canvassing; additional GCDP yard signs; paying fees for voter outreach tools like Hustle; and paying our monthly bills for PO Box, websites, banking fees, etc.
To cover most of the budget, we need sustaining (monthly) donations. We need the equivalent of either 200 supporters donating an average of $20 a month, OR 100 supporters donating an average of $40 a month. We are currently at about 20% of our 2020 goal. Start your monthly donations now.
Galveston County Democratic Party is adding a newsletter to our communication toolbox. It’s a place where we can provide new information and include updates available elsewhere, all in one place. It’s a work in progress and any suggestions are welcome. For now, we plan a quarterly publication.
County Chair Welcome:
On behalf of the Galveston County Democratic Party, I want to welcome you to the premiere issue of our new newsletter. Your County Party has a lot of activity going on, all focused on our core mission of electing more Democrats to public office in Galveston County. Please join us as we continue to build our County Democratic Party for our next big gains in November 2020. Our time is now. Don’t wait; time is short and there is much to do. We cannot let this unparalleled opportunity pass us by. - John Young
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