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Monday, July 24, 2006

CPRT Posts IRS Electioneering Prohibition on Their Web Site

I wrote the following in September 3, 2005 Llloydletta post:

Citizens for Personal Rapid Transit (CPRT) July newsletter urges its members to help several candidates for Minneapolis City Council. Because the CPRT claims to be a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization, they may have run afoul of strict IRS rules that prohibit 501(c)3 nonprofits from electioneering.

The CPRT has recently posted the following on the front page of their website:

To stay compliant to IRS rules and regulations the board of Citizens for PRT is adopting the following policy;

"CPRT is 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 prohibition applies to all campaigns or fund raising activities including campaigns at the federal, state and local level.  The prohibition also applies to CPRT resources and properties. All CPRT members are prohibited from these activities while representing CPRT, at CPRT functions, or on CPRT properties. All CPRT activities or statements that might be exceptions to these prohibitions must be pre-approved by the CPRT board."

 For a more detailed explanation of this policy please refer to the governmental web bulletin for this:,,id=154712,00.html

Has the IRS taken action against the CPRT?