Eric Miller and Advance America continue their supposed non-partisan pre-election activities throughout the state. Since AA is listed as a non-profit, non-partisan organization, it is obvious that what they are doing is, let's say, not kosher. Advance America's website includes an insert that churches can download to include in their bulletins. These briefing issues include topics such as "Banning Same-Sex Marriage" and "Promoting Pro-Life Legislation". In addition, on September 28th Mr. Miller hosted a "Vote 4 Values - Election Briefing" in Goshen. He invited four State Representatives and two candidates for office to this briefing. All of them were Republicans. According to the IRS guidelines regarding a 501(c)(3) status, "......Allowing a candidate to use an organization's assets or facilities will also violate the prohibition if other candidates are not given an equivalent opportunity."
I don't know about you, but this boils my blood. Here we have a group of people, numbering around 45,000 families throughout the state, who have the potential to cause major trouble for the GLBT community, and nothing is being done by the GLBT community to stop them.
We all saw what AA was capable of this past year when the HRO was under consideration. Mr. Miller rallied thousands of his cronies to make bogus telephone calls to the City-Council, requesting that they vote against the HRO. He bussed in bible students to testify at the hearing, also to sway the vote.
We do have the ability to at least try to halt their progress in this arena. The IRS has explicit guidelines regarding what a tax-exempt organization can and cannot do regarding election year activities and prohibition on political campaign intervention. Don't be fooled into thinking Miller's group cannot make a difference. We need to wake up and take action. A formal complaint can be made to the IRS, alerting them to Advance America's activities.The (anti)marriage amendment is coming up for a vote, and we only have ourselves to blame if we don't at least try to counter this forthcoming attack.