Personal Democracy Plus Our premium content network. LEARN MORE You are not logged in. LOG IN NOW >

Is a Link an Endorsement?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, January 16 2006

That's the question raised in a new way by The Raw Story, which reports today that the Republican National Committee's website appears to be violating the non-profit status of several major organizations by listing them as "GOP Groups."

They are the American Enterprise Institute, American Values, Coalition for Urban Renewal, Frontiers of Freedom, the Heritage Foundation and the Leadership Institute.

Raw Story's John Byrne writes, "If defined as a 'GOP group,' these organizations would not qualify for tax-exempt status under their charters." The RNC didn't comment on his story.

I doubt this is actually a violation of those groups' tax-exempt status (if every time a partisan outfit linked to a tax-exempt group caused that group to lose its tax-exempt status, there would be none of the latter), but it is a reminder that plenty of people play fast-and-loose with these definitions. And hardly anyone doubts that places like AEI, Heritage and the Leadership Institute aren't Republican breeding grounds.

News Briefs

RSS Feed wednesday >

First POST: Reminders

Why the RNC hasn't managed to reboot how Republican campaigns use voter data; new ways of using phone banking to get out the vote; how the UK's digital director is still ahead of the e-govt curve; and much, much more. GO

tuesday >

First POST: Patient Zero

Monica Lewinsky emerges with a mission to fight cyber-bullying; Marc Andreessen explains his political philosophy; tech donors to MayDay PAC get pushback from Congressional incumbents; and much, much more. GO

monday >

First POST: Front Pagers

How Facebook's trending topics feed is wrecking political news; debating the FBI's need for an encrypted phone "backdoor"; democratizing crisis data; and much, much more. GO

friday >

First POST: Tracking

Questions about whether Whisper is secretly tracking its users' secrets; the FBI's continued push against the new wave of encrypted phones; community service, high-tech-mogul-style; and much, much more. GO

thursday >

First POST: Hosts

Airbnb in hot water in NYC; Knight Prototype Fund backs some civic tech projects; pondering Google's position on net neutrality; and much, much more. GO

More