Saturday, May 28, 2011

Not For Profit Firing

At least there is someone who understands the not for profit guidelines-and the applicable law. No, it isn't the clueless mayor, that's for sure. According to the WSJ two volunteers with Planned Parenthood were sacked for engaging in inappropriate political activism: "Two participants in NYC Civic Corps, which is part of the national service program AmeriCorps, were yanked from their assigned jobs at Planned Parenthood of New York City after federal officials determined their work violated guidelines."

What guidelines, you might ask? Here they are: "AmeriCorps explicitly bans participants from "providing abortion services or referrals for such services." But that was not the problem in this case, officials said. Federal officials reviewing the letter questioned whether two other provisions had been violated: "attempting to influence legislation" and "organizing or engaging in protests, petitions, boycotts, or strikes."

Would you be surprised the the mayor's folks disagree with the determination? Of course not. These Bloomberg characters believe that there are two sets of rules-one for them, and another for Leona Helmsley's, "little people."

"We disagree with the opinion because all applicable regulations were followed," said mayoral spokesman Marc LaVorgna. "But out of an abundance of caution, the Civic Corps members were relocated."

Now we may have our own opinions about the work of Planned Parenthood but that's not what's at issue here. Why should tax payer money be used to try to advance the political interests of any group?

Which brings us to Claire Shulman and the ticking clock on the AG's investigation into her non profit's illegal lobbying on behalf of Mike Bloomberg. The old adage is, "justice delayed, is justice denied." If the Feds can act swiftly, why can't the AG? Two years is too long a wait for the justice that WPU deserves on the city's own concocted not for profit scam.