Nonprofit politics – Picking up the tab

Three tax-exempt groups formed to pay for travel and housing for California Gov. Gray Davis, and for a political bash he hosted, have received $2 million from individuals and companies with interests before the state, the Los Angeles Times reported Nov. 15.

Unlike the $21 million that Davis has raised for his reelection, the gifts to the nonprofit groups can be made without public disclosure and are eligible for tax write-offs as charity, the Times said.

Davis’ backers have raised $234,000 for his residence in Sacramento, mainly for upkeep; $664,000 for his travel abroad and various California events; and at least $1.5 million for an event his hosted at Paramount Studios for delegates at last summer’s Democratic convention.

“It’s the governor’s belief that it’s more appropriate to do these activities with private funds rather than tax funds,” Garry South, Davis’ chief campaign strategist, told the Times. “People can argue with it or disagree with it, but that’s the governor’s belief.

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