Saturday, September 14, 2013

How the Recall Filner Effort Landed a Women Vets Group in the Hot Seat

National Women's Veterans Association of America President Tara Jones (right)
Voice of San Diego recently reported --"Tara Jones, who leads the National Women Veterans Association of America, made a dramatic about-face during the sexual harassment scandal that took down Bob Filner’s mayorship. She went from leading a group set to celebrate Filner’s life work at a big fundraiser to publicly calling for his resignation, and selling “Please Resign!” T-shirts on the organization’s website.

But in actively working to oust one man from his job, Jones may have stepped outside the bounds of her own as the leader of a tax-exempt charity.

A La Mesa-based grant-writing firm has severed ties with the NWVAA and filed three complaints with the California attorney general’s office, including one alleging that the veterans group violated federal law by engaging in overtly political acts aimed at removing Filner from office.

The Internal Revenue Code prohibits 501(c)(3) nonprofits from participating in efforts to elect or defeat a candidate for public office. In a recall election, Filner would have been a candidate for his own office.

“I consider us to be required reporters,” said Penny Goforth, senior associate for Grant Writing Specialists. “If someone is acting bad, it’s the nonprofit community’s responsibility to let the AG know.”

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

As the former chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs I wonder whether the (then) Congressman had ruffled too many feathers, causing female veterans to damn near castrate him. Talk about a new women's liberation movement!!