High school teacher Mark Pontoni takes issue with the Mackinac Center using public school email addresses in a recent issue of the Petoskey News-Review, and concludes that the Center isn’t a real non-profit charitable organization. He suggests we join him in filing a complaint with the IRS questioning their tax exempt status.
“… the Mackinac Center is using tax subsidies and postage subsidies to finance their attack on public education and teaching. Isn’t this the “free market” champion that rejects “freeloaders” in our system? And yet on a mail piece sent to teachers last week, they asked us to help pay the postage by using a nonprofit mailing permit. The U.S. government allows legitimate nonprofits to mail at cheaper rates to aid in their fundraising and other activities, but this privilege is expressly denied for political causes. Now how the Midland Postmaster allowed this mailing to go out is a question he’ll have to answer, but it sure seems to me like the Mackinac Center is not following either the letter or the spirit of the rules governing nonprofit organizations.
“In what seems to me to be a clear violation of the rules governing IRS code 501(c)3 organizations, the Mackinac Center is actively promoting political positions with our tax dollars. If you’re as fed up with them as I am, I urge you to get on the IRS website and file Form 13909 documenting the Mackinac Center’s violations of their tax-exempt status. Again, I have no problem dealing with the hypocrisy and intellectual fraud propagated by the Mackinac Center. I do have a problem with them using my tax dollars to promote their agenda. And so should you.”
Read the whole piece in the June 25 issue of the Petoskey News Review.