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Sierra Club On Dark Money Changes: Don't Toss Whole Bushel Over Few Bad Apples

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"There is no question that some groups are abusing their tax status to simply dump millions into politics, and that must be reined in," Duvall wrote. "However, it is important that the whole bushel doesn't get thrown out because of a few bad apples. Many non-profit organizations across the spectrum - from the Sierra Club to the NRA - were founded decades ago to represent our members and advocate for their beliefs across an array of activities, from citizen engagement to public education to organizing volunteers, while spending only a small fraction of our budget on politics."

Last week, a progressive umbrella group, the Alliance for Justice, reacted to the administration's proposal by saying that the changes would "create a danger to citizen participation in our democracy." Among the Alliance for Justice's members is The Sierra Club Foundation, a non-profit which provides financial support to the Sierra Club and other groups. 

Read Duvall's full statement:

We are still reviewing what these preliminary regulations mean for our 2.1 million members and supporters, but we commend the spirit of what the President is trying to achieve. There is no question that some groups are abusing their tax status to simply dump millions into politics, and that must be reined in. However, it is important that the whole bushel doesn't get thrown out because of a few bad apples. Many non-profit organizations across the spectrum - from the Sierra Club to the NRA - were founded decades ago to represent our members and advocate for their beliefs across an array of activities, from citizen engagement to public education to organizing volunteers, while spending only a small fraction of our budget on politics. We intend to engage in the public comment process to ensure that whatever regulations are finalized protect the rights of our members and respect the principals of our democracy.