The Augusta Branch NAACP will hold a political candidates forum at 6 p.m. today at New Zion Missionary Baptist Church. 3237 1/2 Deans Bridge Road.
There will be presentations by the Richmond County Board of Elections and Board of Education.
I hope whoever makes the Board of Education presentation does not break Georgia law by advocating one way or the other on the charter schools referendum. Government agencies are not supposed to tell people how to vote.
Of course, that never stops Fred (What, me worry?) Russell. He spends taxpayer money going to civic organizations all over town politicking in favor of SPLOST referenda.
Direct from the IRS Website Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 2012-08-12 (Note: updated just in time for the Nov elections)
Certain activities or expenditures may not be prohibited depending on the facts and circumstances. For example, certain voter education activities (including presenting public forums and publishing voter education guides) conducted in a non-partisan manner do not constitute prohibited political campaign activity.
On the other hand, voter education or registration activities with evidence of bias that (a) would favor one candidate over another; (b) oppose a candidate in some manner; or (c) have the effect of favoring a candidate or group of candidates, will constitute prohibited participation or intervention.
The school board will make a "presentation."
Hmmm... What are the odds that this "presentation" will present "facts" that make the charter amendment look bad?
The school board would never ever ever do anything against the law.
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