Wednesday, August 20, 2008

We Interrupt Our Charitable Program to Bring You Some Issue Advocacy

It's an election year, meaning that nonprofit organizations of all sorts will try to toe the line between acceptable issue advocacy and unacceptable campaign activity. In an example of the former, the American Cancer Society web site reports that the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), "the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy partner of the American Cancer Society," has joined with the American Hospital Association (AHA), the Catholic Health Association (CHA), Families USA, and the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) to sponsor a new series of ads featuring Harry and Louise, the couple that helped sink the Clinton health reform plan back in the 1990's. This time, though, apparently Harry and Louise have decided that health care reform is vital to America and will be pushing their newly-revised viewpoint during the upcoming national party conventions.

It's going to be a long 2 1/2 months until the election, folks. Fortunately, I have an excellent supply of Battlestar Galactica, The Closer and Saving Grace episodes on my DVR to get me through . . .


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