League of Women Voters – Betrayal of Public Trust?

September 23, 2010

The League of Women Voters promotes themselves as being nonpartisan and educational, when in fact, they are one of the nations largest lobbying groups.

On their own website, http://www.lwv.org, they have an 83 page position paper, or “impact statement”, outlining their lobbying positions.  The group also admits on their website that they are “wholeheartedly political”.   How can someone be nonpartisan and wholeheartedly political at the same time?      they can’t!

the Questions that MUST be asked to the LWV:

1.  Are you a lobbying group, and, are there members of your group who are registered lobbyists?  (the answer is yes)

2.   By saying you are nonpartisan, are you also suggesting that you are neutral, unbiased and don’t have a horse in the race?  (yes they are)

3.  As debate moderators, are you part of the 501c4 lobbying group or simply the education fund 501c3, or both?  (they are part of the lobbying group)

4.  Do you think the Voters should be made aware of who you really are, and what positions you take on the issues, at debates and in Voters Guides?   (yes they should, absolutely)

5.  Are the members of your group who make of the so-called Voters Guides, also part of the 501c4 lobbying group?  (yes there are)

We hope that people start asking the League these very important questions to start bringing some integrity back into our election process.   The LWV is being dishonest about who they really are.  They must NOT be allowed to continue as they have been, it is hurting our democracy.

Andy Cilek

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You’ve Come A Long Way Baby

September 22, 2010
Our complaint against the League of Women Voters is not that the League is partisan, despite their claims of non-partisanship; It’s that they actively lobby for particular political issues – which may violate provisions of  IRC 501c.3.
 
We at the MNVA were at one time naive enough to think the League might help us in our efforts, since they claim to be in favor of protecting the rights of voters, yet we soon discovered how little their actions represent their stated goals.
 
They are for Instant Runoff voting – which diminishes the value of an individual vote. They are against voter I.D. which prevents vote fraud and preserves the value of a legally cast vote.
 
And unlike the MNVA, they take positions on non-vote-related issues. They are for Cap-and-Trade, and against off-shore oil drilling; They are for “reproductive choice” and against the 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms. They fall on the left side of practically every major issue and have actively participated in promoting: government-run health-care, the million mom march, the Brady campaign, motor-voter, etc. They support the United Nations, CAFE standards and the repeal of the Patriot Act.
 
In short, the League of Women Voters has long since left their original purpose of woman’s suffrage and voting rights issues, and has become just another left-wing lobbying group.
 
All of which is fine – IF they don’t get tax exempt status – which is the nature of our complaint.
 
We are labeled a “conservative” group. Yet, even though more conservatives agree with our positions on voting issues than do liberals, we do NOT lobby on partisan political issues.
 
Our focus is on protecting the integrity of the vote. We are non-partisan. We do not endorse candidates, nor do we lobby the legislature. We simply try to educate the public on integrity of the vote issues and sometimes, as citizens of this representative republic, we “petition the government for a redress of grievances” on behalf of ALL (legal) voters, not just women voters and not just “conservative” voters.
 
Our complaint may fall on deaf ears, but it also may at least help make the public aware of how far the League has swerved off the “non-partisan” public service pathway.