501(c)(3) does not negate FOIA by any rational stretch of the imagination. I take exception to the writer of the article acting like this irrational argument (501(c)(3) information is confidential) might have some credence, it doesn't.
NEMLEC is a charity for a couple counties of police forces in MA. They have golf outings and other things, to benefit police officers and their families, activities that are completely innocuous.
I guess what the ACLU got their panties in a bunch about is that the organization also acts as a central point of contact for SWAT training/ purchases in the region.
So... a group of police, are setting their training calendars together so they can have a training session with more people at one time so they can save money on instructor costs. And they are buying stuff in bulk to reduce their costs.
The ACLU needs to do some homework and find a more relevant problem to harp on.
ALSO, NEMLEC had their corporation status involuntarily revoked in 06-18-2012, so the whole 501(c)(3) thing is a moot point. They aren't an entity anymore, they can't claim 501(c)(3) anymore, even though that never mattered in the first place.
Here are a few of the most poignant reasons why this argument fails:
First and foremost 501(c)(3) is an IRS regulation that means a corporation does not have to pay income tax. 501(c)(3) is NOT a method by which a corporation maybe formed.
Second, states not the federal government create the rules for creating a corporation.
Third, there are many different types of corporations, one of those types is a municipal corporation. Just because you have something called a corporation does not mean it is private. Municipal corporations are subject to FOIA
Fourth, corporations can register with the IRS as 501(c)(3) non-profits, but to use it as a tool to hide information would be incredibly stupid because 501(c)(3) status means you must release more information about your internal workings than a normal private corporation would need to disclose.
Either the ACLU is whining because they don't have the sharpest knife in the drawer dealing with these FOIA requests, or this is a calculated move to drum up donations.
You do realise that Google has been using its Motorola patent portfolio to sue the exact same companies that are suing it, right?
Google can't claim to be the good guys here.
Threatening criminal charges to gain the upper hand in a civil case is against the rules of ethics for attorneys. Every state has its own flavor of rules but they are derived from the ABA model rules.
Mr. O'Connor should immediately file a complaint with the (every) state bar in which this attorney is licensed.
toss some scraps $70 is better than $0.
Contract worker versus employee has nothing to do with the workers, it has to do with the company trying to avoid employment taxes. If you are a contract worker, the employer does not have to pay employment tax on you, and the employer cannot set your hours worked in a day.
If you are a contract employee and your employer tries to control your hours, quietly make a phone call to the state/ federal tax authorities.
OH but if they find out they will fire me. Then you have a whistle blower suit against the company.
A fast food restaurant cannot put their trash bags in the paper recycling bin, no, but a few pizza boxes are not going contaminate an entire batch of recycled paper, unlike plastic where dissimilar plastics will contaminate and entire batch.
Paper recycling handles food residue without a problem. To recycle paper you throw it all in a gigantic vat, boil it, and everything breaks down. Inks, Fat, Oil and grease float to the top and are skimmed off, solids like staples and plastic are filtered out.
Unlike plastic where there is no economical way to remove the inks used to make white/blue/green containers and if you mix PET and ABS, you get garbage.