New Jersey Readies Another Dumb Regulation that Needs Your Opposition

I highly recommend this report from CharityGovernance.com. Mr. Siegel makes some excellent points about a proposed rule change from the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs.

I agree with the post. Well, maybe except where Mr. Siegel writes, “We like charity regulators, but this proposal if adopted, will be another example of regulatory laziness.”

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POCAA Adopted as Model Law by Uniform Law Commission

Lawyers meeting in the resort town of Vail, Colorado adopted the Protection of Charitable Assets Act (POCAA) according to a Uniform Law Commission news release.

POCAA would add yet another registration requirement for charities and religious organizations. It would also allow charity regulators to conduct investigations of covered entities under vague and very poorly defined […]

State Budget Cuts and Charity Regulators

Charities that receive taxpayer money are suffering as the result of state budget problems. States looking to cut their budgets should also look at their charity regulators.

States can cut back budgets for charity regulators and yet still increase the amount of information available to the general public and charity regulators themselves, as I explain […]

Are You Preserving Your Rights When You Register under Charitable Solicitation Laws?

Charitable solicitation laws require charities and their agents to register before the charity issues communications asking for contributions. That is unquestionably a prior restraint on First Amendment rights, but courts so far have managed to convince themselves that this particular prior restraint doesn’t violate the First Amendment.

I’m not convinced that will hold true in […]

Today’s News

The Uniform Law Commission meets in Vail, Colorado beginning today, and will consider adopting the Protection of Charitable Assets Act as a model state law. It’s a bad law. Did anyone seek your input about it? Were you even aware it was being written?

The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Lawmakers in [Massachusetts and Oregon] Strike Down […]

Charity Regulators and the Fourth Amendment

My piece in The Washington Examiner over the 4th of July explains how our Fourth Amendment rights have been devastated by judges, not by technology.

Charity regulators violate Fourth Amendment rights. The Protection of Charitable Assets Act (POCAA) being considered by the Uniform Law Commission would create another registration requirement for nonprofits and religious organizations. […]

Petition Signer Privacy Case Back in Court, and How Charity Regulators Endanger Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Crimes

Jim Bopp, an extraordinary lawyer representing a citizen coalition led by Protect Marriage Washington, is back in court in an important case, Doe # 1 v. Reed. The issue is whether Washington Secretary Reed may disclose the names and addresses of signers on a petition to add a referendum measure to the state ballot.

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Illinois is committing charity fraud according to . . . Illinois

The Nonprofit Quarterly reports that the State of Illinois has “borrowed” nearly $1.2 million in funds donated to charities through the state’s tax return check-off system. That was money designated by taxpayers to go to charities, and I am anxious to see whether the check-off option the state gives to taxpayers comes with a disclosure […]

Charity Regulators Violate Federal Social Security Number Law

State charitable solicitation registration forms that demand an individual’s Social Security Number (SSN) violate federal law.

I’ll do a more detailed post at some other time, but I was reminded of this when I filled out our Rhode Island form. RI added an additional form this year with this violation of federal law.

Federal law […]

Most Often, “Reform” Means More Burdens and Bad Regulation

From The NonProfit Times, IRS Seeks Public Comment On New Form 990

From The Chronicle of Philanthropy, N.Y. Charity Leaders Asked for Help on State Regulations

Charity regulators are fiefdoms. They will do more harm than good in any attempted reforms.