Summary: A Voice For Nonprofits

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For those that believe in the theory a true pluralist society, the rights of interest groups to compete may be seen as none thing short of necessary. This competition is a way to ensure that no one person or group always achieves the goal they set out for. If that right to compete and lobby is taken away then a true pluralism is impossible. Nearly half of all interest groups don’t have that right because it has been taken away by government. In the book A Voice for Nonprofits author Jeffrey M. Berry and David F. Arons does a noteworthy job of doing exactly what the title says: giving a voice to nonprofits. In the opening header of the book Berry emphasizes America’s love and devotion to nonprofits, especially those charitable nonprofits under 501c3. “The government may love nonprofits, but when it comes to political activity it is a case…show more content…
In 1966 Congress were considering the construction of two dams on the Colorado River. The construction of these dams would flood a portion of the Grand Canyon, turning it into a 500 foot lake. The Sierra Club strongly disagreed and the day before a vote was to be taken, they ran numerous ads in papers “excoriating Congress for this environmental blasphemy” (Berry 76). Though The Sierra Club only spent around $10,000 out of their approximately $1.5 million dollar budget for that year, the IRS suspended their tax deductibility while they investigated the case. Eventually their 501c3 status was revoked. Berry suggests that the IRS was just acting on behalf of subcommittee chair, Wayne Aspinall. I think he makes a valid point because as stated earlier in the chapter, the IRS is rarely ever swift in its efforts to do anything (Berry 74). The revoking of the Sierra Club’s 501c3 status showed other nonprofits that if something like this can happen to a group as popular and grand as the Sierra Club, it can no doubt happen to them (Berry

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