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RE: [IAM_ListServ] An Open Letter to the Candidates

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  • Peggie Stromberg
    Thanks, David. I know the rules. That is why I caution to be careful. Being involved is not the problem, it is to what extent. Margaret (Peggie) Stromberg
    Message 1 of 4 , Oct 10, 2008
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      Thanks, David.  I know the rules.  That is why I caution to be careful.  Being involved is not the problem, it is to what extent.
       
      Margaret (Peggie) Stromberg
      Executive Director
      Elgin Public Museum
      847-741-6655
      peggie_epm@...

      From: IAM_ListServ@yahoogroups.com [IAM_ListServ@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of dlewisarfm@... [dlewisarfm@...]
      Sent: Thursday, October 09, 2008 11:45 PM
      To: IAM_ListServ@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: [IAM_ListServ] An Open Letter to the Candidates

      Peggie,

      I disagree.  We can, should, indeed MUST -- "
      be involved" -- in politics.
      Our IRS non-profit status simply prevents us from "taking sides."   

      There is a wonderful primer on the IRS's website that spells out what is and isn't allowed...
      http://www.irs. gov/newsroom/ article/0, ,id=161131, 00.html

      Also -- see t
      he IRS's "Revenue Ruling 2007-41" which outlines how 501(c)(3) organizations,
      can stay within the law regarding the ban on political activity...
      http://www.irs. gov/pub/irs- drop/rr-07- 41.pdf



      - David -
      David Lewis, Curator
      Aurora Regional Fire Museum
      (and I vote -- a lot!)


      -----Original Message-----
      From: Peggie Stromberg <peggie_epm@cityofel gin.org>
      To: IAM_ListServ@ yahoogroups. com <IAM_ListServ@ yahoogroups. com>
      Sent: Thu, 9 Oct 2008 9:51 pm
      Subject: RE: [IAM_ListServ] An Open Letter to the Candidates

      Keep it always in mind that 501c3 organizations are not to be involved in politics.  That 501c3 status is easy to lose.
      Margaret (Peggie) Stromberg
      Executive Director
      Elgin Public Museum
      847-741-6655
      peggie_epm@cityofel gin.org

      From: IAM_ListServ@ yahoogroups. com [IAM_ListServ@ yahoogroups. com] On Behalf Of dlewisarfm@aol. com [dlewisarfm@ aol.com]
      Sent: Thursday, October 09, 2008 3:45 PM
      To: IAM_ListServ@ yahoogroups. com
      Subject: [IAM_ListServ] An Open Letter to the Candidates

      Hi all,

      On the "Museum-L" list there's a recent thread discussing the recent Presidential candidates and where they stand on museum issues...  I'll spare you all the partisan comments, but I thought this "Open Letter to the Candidates" (see below) was worthy of reading, sharing, and -- PASSING ON -- to our local, and state representatives.

      I'd love Illinois Assoc. of Museums to compose a similar letter perhaps using Illinois State Statistics?  

      - David -
      David Lewis, Curator
      Aurora Regional Fire Museum
      www.AuroraRegionalF ireMuseum. org

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      http://reachadvisor s.typepad. com/museum_ audience_ insight/2008/ 08/dear-mr- obama-dear- mr-mccain- you-should- know.html

      Dear Mr. Obama, Dear Mr. McCain, You Should Know . . .

      We vote.  A lot. 
       
      When there is an election, whether local, state, or fede ral, we make our way to our local polling places.  And we vote.  We cannot imagine doing otherwise.  We vote far, far more than the general public.  You need to pay attention to us. 
       
      Sure, we, as Museum Advocates, are only about a fifth of the general populatio n, but on November 4, you can count on us to be there.  And to choose one of you to lead our country. 
       
      So here is what you need to know about us. 
       
      We are citizens who love museums, and enjoy visiting them in our precious leisure time.  We think they are important parts of our communities, and that they are important for our souls.  We go to museums for respite and retreat, and to be intellectually and emotionally engaged.  We want our children to experience the wonder and awe of our nation’s history, ecology, art, and science (note:  a federal funding program to help our cash-strapped schools fund field trips to museums would be much appreciated) . 
        /div>
      We are inspired by museums.  We believe they are critical for the future of our country.  They are incubators of innovation, serving as launch pads for creativity and entrepreneurial thinking among their visitors.  They are also places of remembrance and resolve.  And they are places where all of us can mentally learn and grow, adding to our nation’s collective intelligence and economic destiny.
       
      And we vote.  Did we mention that?  We vote a lot.
       
      Let’s look at Connecticut as an example.  This winter, just under 19% of eligible voters showed up to vote in the state’s presidential primary.  But a recent survey found that over 70% of us voted there.  That’s right.  Museum Advocates showed up to vote at 3.5 times the rate of the general public. 
       
      One of you will become our next President.  You will have a lot of demands for time and money.  You will make many decisions that will change the futures of our country’s citizens.  You should know that museums are here to help, whether it is assisti ng health care agencies with Alzheimer’s patients, teaching citizenship classes to immigrants, or helping teens make career choices.  One of us recently said that museums are important because “boosting culture/science is healthy for democracy.”  He’s right. 
       
      Museums are important for the education and health of our country’s citizens.  We hope they are important to you.  And if you need your own quiet moments of respite, retreat, and inspiration, museums are here for you too.  All 17,500 or so of them.
       
      We love museums.  And we thought we would share this with you, and remind you, as well as our state and local elected officials, that we vote.  A lot. 
       
       
      Sincerely,
      Museums Advocates Across America




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