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    Filed at 6:52 am under by dcobranchi

    Found way at the bottom of an article on HSLDA’s Generation Joshua program:

    Membership in the program is $10 a year for HSLDA members and $20 for non-members, a fee required by federal regulations.

    Huh? The federal government requires a fee in order to participate in a political organization? That can’t be correct. Has anyone run across anything like this before?

    3 Responses to “CALL IN THE ACLU”


    Comment by
    Eric Holcombe
    September 14th, 2004
    at 9:00 am

    The Student Action Teams that do voter registration drives are fully funded by the HSLDA PAC. Federal law prohibits HSLDA from using their general resources (the $85-100 annual membership fee) for use in “electioneering”.

    The NEA on the other hand…


    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    September 14th, 2004
    at 9:08 am

    But that still doesn’t mandate the fee be paid by the kids. Presumably the PAC could fund it, right?


    Comment by
    Eric Holcombe
    September 14th, 2004
    at 1:51 pm

    Yes, but I think that the Generation Joshua “club” fees are the source of the PAC funds. I’m guessing it has to do with HSLDA’s non-profit status (the regulation). They do not solicit PAC money (or haven’t yet) from the general membership. I don’t believe they legally can as a non-profit – unless the PAC is designated as a separate entity, with separate funding, like Generation Joshua.

    I can see where the PAC may be a necessary tool for HSLDA to do some political things in a legal fashion while utilizing a voluntary portion of their non-profit membership to carry them out.

    Nothing wrong with encouraging kids to volunteer to do voter registration, but I’m curious to see where the PAC goes.