Blueprint North Carolina, the umbrella advocacy group that emailed what was supposed to be a confidential memo with tips on how to attack Gov. Pat McCrory and other Republican leaders, can’t get involved in political campaigns.
But there’s nothing stopping it from getting involved in politics.
As a nonprofit organization exempt from taxes because it is designed as a 501(c) (3) by the IRS, it can’t work for candidates. But, in filings with the IRS, it has clearly identified its mission as “Alliance and advocacy for civil rights and social action in North Carolina.”
So it’s not surprising that it would circulate strategic plans for discrediting state policies it disagrees with. However, it may be guilty of poor judgment in emailing a memo advising colleagues to “cripple” and “eviscerate” GOP leaders by tracking them with videographers and private investigators.
The memo was leaked to several news organizations Thursday.
As The Charlotte Observer reports Friday, Blueprint’s main donor – the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation – is upset at the organization’s strategy memo. The foundation gave Blueprint $425,000 in 2011, according to its most recent IRS filing.
Who else contributes to Blueprint?
The filings show: Mott Philanthropic of Boston, $175,000; Open Society Institute of New York, $150,000; Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation of Winston-Salem, $105,000; A.J. Fletcher Foundation, $35,000; Warner Foundation of Chapel Hill, $75,000; TCF/Warner & Craven of Durham, $25,000; Bydale Foundation, $7,500; Taku Fund, $10,000.
Donors to nonprofit organizations are not part of the public file that goes to the IRS. But Blueprint included the information with its filing with the state as a charitable organization.