Re: Extropian congressional lobby

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Tue Oct 24 2000 - 11:38:10 MDT

Samantha Atkins wrote:
> "Eliezer S. Yudkowsky" wrote:
> >
> > zeb haradon wrote:
> > >
> > > Anyone know the requirements for getting a lobby office in DC and lobbying
> > > congressmen?
> >
> > If an ordinary nonprofit even thinks about doing this, the IRS guidelines call
> > for your entire Board of Directors to be sacrificed to Cthulhu.
> Yeah, you probably have to be a religion or something to get away with
> this and still keep tax-exempt status.

Actually, I think that churches get it even worse.

There's a special classification of nonprofit devoted to lobbying, which I
believe has different tax laws. I believe that's why Foresight had to split
off the Center for Constitutional Issues in Technology. ExI would have to do
something similar before they were allowed to so much as issue position papers
on legislation(!).

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Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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