Why No Election Commentary?

Sheryl CanterThis post is by Sheryl Canter, an Online Writer and Editorial Manager at Environmental Defense.

It’s not just an election year, it’s an historic election year. Every news outlet is filled with speculation and commentary. So why is it so quiet here, at Climate 411? How come we don’t talk about the election and the candidates?

It’s because of our tax status. Environmental Defense is incorporated as a 501c3 charitable organization. This means that donations to us are tax deductible, and we are allowed only limited lobbying and no electioneering whatsoever. Even commenting on candidates’ climate change plans could imply that we prefer one over the other and jeopardize our tax status. That’s why we talk about policies and not about candidates.

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