Bil Browning

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Filed By Bil Browning | March 31, 2007 2:51 PM | comments

Filed in: Action Alerts, Living, Politics, The Movement
Tags: American Values Alliance, constitutional amendment, Indiana, marriage, SJR-7

[UPDATE FROM THE AVA WEBSITE:]

This fundraising appeal has been suspended.

Attorneys for the AVA have raised concerns over whether this activity would jeopardize our 501(c)(3) status since this could be considered political lobbying.

We are continuing to work with other organizations to find a way to implement this action. All funds already raised will be given to another organization that will implement this plan or it will be refunded to the donors.

We apologize for any confusion or misunderstandings.


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hey Bil, I get a message saying "We are unable to decrypt the certificate ID" when I click on the donate button.

All fixed now. Damn HTML formatting... *grins*

It's always interesting that a lot of spokespersons for gays and lesbians are "always" disappointed that people who do not agree with them make statements to that effect. They have their organizations to promote their causes for the homosexual community and expect to be heard publicly, but then they deem it inappropriate for others to be heard openly about their beliefs (?) They need to get a grip. The same First Amendment rights that they claim covers them also covers anyone who begs to differ. Besides, why is it unfortunate that Coach Dungy decides to align himself with the Indiana Family Institute? And, just because he agrees with their stance does not mean he has aligned or joined them. If Bill Browning wants others to respect and consider his position, let him give the same to those who oppose him. I imagine that he would ask, "Why?", if someone used the "unfortunate" term with regards to his stance.

Chris Douglas | March 31, 2007 10:23 AM

For what it's worth, I have a high opinion of everyone associated with the American Values Alliance. At the same time, I believe Indiana Equality coalition has been running an effective strategy at the Statehouse, a strategy which I think has shifted the odds of passage. Without Indiana Equality's strategy at the Statehouse, coordinated with individuals and institutions both known and unknown to the public and the media, I believe we faced odds of passage of a full force amendment voiding our constitutional guarantees as citizens. With Indiana Equality's strategy and coordination (and of course the efforts of many, many people, including Bilerico and Advance Indiana) I believe odds are pointing increasingly to total eventual defeat of this unnecessary amendment.

But there is no doubt in my mind, that Indiana Equality's coordination and strategy has been essential, in the position of make or break for the glbt community of Indiana. I know that the coalition's efforts are not universally admired, especially by those who oppose the coalition's tendency toward control and confidentiality, who have disagreed at various times with its strategy, or who have had concerns about its lobbying firm, Lambda Consulting, which has been advising on and executing that strategy. In most instances, I believe the coalition's strategy and execution has been the more compelling. And I think Lambda Consulting is proving itself effective under fire (both of foe and of some friend, alas!).

I think Bil's initiative is (as always) noble. Bil has always had his own ideas about how things ought to proceed. Often those ideas (for instance, the establishment of this forum for the gay community) have contributed substantially to the community's prospects for success.

In an occasional rare instance, however, those ideas, in my opinion, have been slightly at odds with prospects for success, for instance stoking and continuing the Dungy controversy, or in front of the media haranguing Pat Bauer, a politician upon whom our fate depends at present. But scholars can differ, and my respect for Bil's good intents has not been diminished by his efforts.

These noble efforts are sometimes misconstrued at the Statehouse as being coordinated and directed by the Indiana Equality coalition. At a moment when the coalition's strategy is reaching its period of denouement in this legislative session, confusion could arise at the Statehouse or in the community as a result of this respectable effort that it is influenced by or coordinated with Indiana Equality. Instead, I believe this effort should be understood, as I'm sure Bill would wish it to be, as entirely separate from the strategy pursued by Indiana Equality's coalition, which has its own action alerts, timing, and fund-raising priorities.

Already posted above, but just to be clear...

[UPDATE FROM THE AVA WEBSITE:]

This fundraising appeal has been suspended.

Attorneys for the AVA have raised concerns over whether this activity would jeopardize our 501(c)(3) status since this could be considered political lobbying.

We are continuing to work with other organizations to find a way to implement this action. All funds already raised will be given to another organization that will implement this plan or it will be refunded to the donors.

We apologize for any confusion or misunderstandings.

"this activity would jeopardize our 501(c)(3) status"
ahem. maybe someone tell Eric Miller that.

Does AVA also have a PAC? It's crazy, but you have to form specific organizations for specific purposes, thanks to the tax code.

I'm going to bet that Eric Miller has a PAC in addition to the other orgs associated with him.

Jen Jorczak | April 2, 2007 1:14 PM

If someone else has done more research here, please say so, but to my knowledge Advance America is SOLELY a 501c3 and does not have a related PAC. If any of you saw the church bulletin insert he listed on his website, he called for 501c3 donations to offset the $295K he's spending this legislative session.

501c3's are allowed to spend up to 20% of their budget on advocacy & lobbying--so, IF he's within the rules, that means he's working from a total annual budget of $1.5 million. So... somebody check on that, and somebody else figure out how we start raising that kind of money!