EITA & PAC Should Dissolve

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No place in recent self-serving press releases and emails does Beverley Milligan mention the status of the Estero Island Taxpayers Association (EITA) and The Friends of Fort Myers Beach PAC. As stated, Ms. Milligan was the creator and chair of both organizations. By stepping down as Executive Director of EITA, does that mean that these two organizations are now dissolved? Is she doing this to protect herself and EITA from possible legal action? The key issue involving EITA is not just the mean-spirited intent demonstrated during the recent election by the PAC, it is about potentially illegal activities. Requirements for EITA include: (1) a 501c4 must notify prospective contributors that their contributions are not deductible as charitable contributions. This notice must appear in all written and oral solicitations, and (2) a 501c4 cannot participate in political activities that support or oppose a political party or candidate for public office. (I maintain that) EITA board members, violated their Articles of Incorporation and IRS requirements of a 501c4. People being solicited for donations were not properly notified that their contributions were not tax deductible. The IRS has ruled that contributions by a 501c4 to a Political Action Committee (PAC) is in violation of IRS regulations for a tax-exempt organization. Not only should EITA and (The Friends of Fort Myers Beach) PAC dissolve, its status should be publicly disclosed and EITA board members should consider reporting their mistakes to the IRS as a way to avoid further penalties.

 

Tom Babcock
Fort Myers Beach