Non-Profit’s Political Activism Raises Eyebrows

Non-Profit’s Political Activism Raises Eyebrows

A well-known Nashville nonprofit organization is drawing criticism after its leader appeared to help a handful of candidates running for public office.

Marsha Edwards, president and CEO of the Martha O’Bryan Center, sent an email to employees on June 23 regarding an “urgent need for paid canvassers” to go door-to-door in support of four candidates running for the Metro School Board.

The Martha O’Bryan Center is a nonprofit with a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.

According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), “all section 501(c)(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office.”

The email in question reads, in part (continue reading at WKRN)

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