The Difference Between “Partisan” and “Political”

OICA Works After Elections to Help Leaders Make Good Political Decisions

Now that the party nominees are set for the General Election in November, I wanted to write about the difference between what is “partisan” versus “political.”

As the calendar creeps toward November 3, all of us will be bombarded with rhetoric from politicians seeking our votes. We must be able to decipher what is in our best interest and how you prioritize who should receive your vote.

First, let me set the stage. The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy is a 501(c)(3) organizations, and we are restricted by the Internal Revenue Service. OICA, like all 501(c) (3) organizations, are prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. That means no contributions, no endorsements for or against any candidate for office can come from OICA. If we did this, it would cost us our tax-exempt status and subject us to certain excise taxes.

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