The trouble with nonprofits
RALEIGH -- Elected officials who create or associate with nonprofit organizations play a dangerous game.
Recent political history is rife with examples proving the point.
Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich saw his congressional career undermined by transgressions that included using charitable organizations ostensibly created for educational purposes to instead train political activists.
That kind of thing was deemed to be a no-no because tax-deductible donations aren't supposed to support political activity. It ultimately cost Gingrich a $300,000 fine from the House Ethics Committee.
Gingrich's troubles didn't prevent U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay from finding his own patch of quicksand with nonprofits just a few years later
DeLay liked taking overseas trips, sometimes costing ...