The TNT’s Niki Sullivan is fast becoming my favorite newspaper blogger. After being refused entry into a Christian Businessmen’s Connection (CBMC) event featuring Dino Rossi (obviously, one of the businesses they haven’t connected with yet is PR), Sullivan follows up by reporting that the gathering most likely violated the law, putting the organization’s tax-exempt status at risk.
The problem: CMBC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit. And, as far as the Internal Revenue Service is concerned, Rossi could have talked exclusively about his shoe size and the event still would have run afoul of the law.
That tidbit in itself is worth the read, but I just love how Sullivan writes up her exchange with CBMC organizer Dwight Mason:
“I feel like it’s a private party. Our purpose was not fundraising, I can say that,” he said.
I asked if fundraising occurred.
“There was no plea for funds. No funds were solicited.”
I told him I had heard otherwise.
“You know, if there were envelopes there, they weren’t anything that I had anything to do with. When you have a political campaign, I’m sure there’s going to be some envelopes around somewhere.”
Understandable. But whether there was fundraising is irrelevant in the eyes of the law.
“To me this sounds to me like a reporter who has an agenda.”
Correct. My agenda includes something about holding people in power accountable.
Now that’s blogging. You go girl.