Wealthy King County donors bankroll Olympia ballot proposal

Wealthy King County donors bankroll Olympia ballot proposal

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But the Olympia initiative is not a partisan candidate. David L. Thompson, vice president of public policy for the National Council of Nonprofits, confirmed the legal distinction that allows nonprofit groups to support ballot initiatives.

“The IRS considers work on ballot initiatives to be lobbying, which is permissible,” Thompson told The Olympian. “The reason is that nonprofits are appealing to the decision maker — in this case the voter — to decide the fate of the ballot measure. Lobbying typically involves asking a decision maker (usually an elected official like a senator or representative) to vote a certain way on a specific piece of legislation.”

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