POCAA: A special interest power grab for charity regulators

From my piece today at The Examiner, “A power-grab against charity and religion”:

“The model Protection of Charitable Assets Act — which is being promoted by the National Association of State Charity Officials — represents a state power grab of poorly defined discretion over the property rights of private charities, churches, and even the estates […]

A Radical and Unlawful Power Grab over Private Charity and Religion

A Radical and Unlawful Power Grab over Private Charity and Religion

The Model Protection of Charitable Assets Act Oversight and Investigations

Mark J. Fitzgibbons¹

Contents

I. There Are Far Too Many Troubling General Provisions in the Act for It to Be Adopted by Any State

II. Show Us […]

More private, less government

Writing at The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Pablo Eisenberg laments the loss of full-time newspaper writers covering nonprofits.

I share his concern. But as with most of what Mr. Eisenberg writes, I find fault in his premises.

I’d rather see more thoughtful private critics of nonprofits and less poorly targeted and burdensome government regulation. Mr. Eisenberg […]

Charity regulators who solicit crimes and misdemeanors

As readers know, charity regulators are the biggest violators of laws governing charitable solicitation.

What happens when charity regulators ask or demand charities or others to violate the law? That is also known as solicitation, and the offense of solicitation is a serious one.

Here’s a real life example of how charity regulators might be […]

What irresponsible law would exempt government charity from reporting and compliance?

Another politician, another charity scam.

As reported in The Washington Post: “Harry Thomas Jr. resigned Thursday night, hours after he became the first sitting D.C. Council member to be charged with a felony, when federal prosecutors accused him of embezzling more than $350,000 in government funds and filing false tax returns.”

With all the charity […]

You can do more harm than good being nice responding to charity regulator requests and investigations

As a rule, it’s safe to say the overwhelming majority of people in the charitable sector have good intentions, right?

What about charity regulators? Well, even if we presume their good intentions (and I’ll defer to your judgment for today’s purposes), too many of them act as if the rule of law doesn’t fully apply […]

Daniel Popeo makes sense about free enterprise, philanthropy and government regulation

“Laws and regulations which shackle free enterprise, attack philanthropic freedom, and chill corporations’ charitable activities will do nothing but deepen the non-profit recession.”

Read his full piece at The Washington Examiner.

Where Is New York Charity Regulator’s Budget?

I requested a copy of the New York charity regulator office’s operating budget.

The response I received is shocking.

First of all, the request for a simple budget was treated as a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request. FOIL’s are used for documents held by public officials that aren’t otherwise made public. Why would a […]

Responding to Rick Cohen about the Richmond Tea Party Audit

Rick Cohen of The Nonprofit Quarterly commented on a recent post, “Permits, Audits and Comeuppance.” He is the source of my use of the word “comeuppance” in my post, and I urge you to read Mr. Cohen’s entire comment here.

In 2010 I wrote about the first installment of Mr. Cohen’s three-part story that year […]

Permits, Audits and Comeuppance

At American Thinker, I write about a First Amendment issue involving rally permits. The piece was prompted by the City of Richmond’s issuing an audit letter to the Richmond Tea Party. The Tea Party demanded a refund of money it paid for a daytime rally permit after the Tea Party learned that Occupy Richmond was […]