Earlier this month Red Mass Group wrote about Obamacare Grants paying for non-profit community organizers to canvass just before the municipal elections.
In the article we uncovered that ObamaCare grants paid for 40,000 doors to be canvassed for Obamacare. We also reported on the existence of the Massachusetts Voter Table, which is a network of Non-Profits centered around data gathering to get out the vote using non-profit community organizers.
While it may be impossible to prove whether or not electoral activity took place during these canvasses, it is important to note that in October of 2012 a progressive network of 501(c)3’s was established to turn out a progressive (read Democratic) vote in 2014 and beyond. The organization backing the network is called The Progressive Mass Funders Collaborative and the project is called the Massachusetts voter table (PDF). Through this project they openly state that they are looking to use 501(c)3’s to turn out a progressive vote through partnership with labor unions and other stake holders.
The Health Connector authority declined to comment for that article calling the claimes “baseless”.
After the jump, you can see an email sent by the Worcester Based, Initiative for Engaged Citizenship, who state they are a 501(c)3 founded in 2009, and are fiscally sponsored by the Oak Hill Community Development Corporation.
However there are no records of the charity either at the Attorney General’s office or the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth. When writing this, I was unaware fiscal sponsorship meant they are a part of another 501(c)3.
2013 was a great year for Civic Engagement.
Thank You for being there with us.
After a brief hiatus in the winter of 2012 the Initiative was back in action for 2013. We welcomed back our director David LeBoeuf and Joseph Carpenter while Charise Canales, Raymond Zheng and Belinda Beqo became part o. Gia DeMeo, Nicole Hassanova, and Matt Rial also joined us for seasonal service assignments. We hosted (with our over 25 partners) 3 candidate forums this year for the 16th District Democratic Primary, Worcester City Council At-Large race, School Committee race and our first ever School Committee Town Hall with the Worcester Education Collaborative. Our Municipal Election guide was published online for the first time and had a record 1,359 independent views!
This year the Initiative with the support of MassVote and the MA Voter Table coordinated the Worcester Get Out the Vote Alliance. Through our efforts and the efforts of our partners the African Community Education Program, Liberian Association of Worcester County, Oak Hill CDC, South East Asian Coalition of Central MA, Worcester NAACP, and Y4D4 we were able to knock and call the second largest amount of doors in the entire state among grant recipients to remind infrequent voters about the importance of participating in municipal elections. Our volunteers knocked on 4,377 doors this Election cycle.
In 2014 you’ll be hearing a lot about healthcare form us. We partnered with the Worcester Community Action Council and Health Care for All to reach out to residents about the Affordable Care Act and make sure no one falls through the cracks. We will also be publishing our guide for new arrivals to Worcester this year and are looking forward to supporting new civic engagement efforts in our community.
Thank you for making 2013 a great year and giving us at the Initiative the inspiration and energy to keep moving forward. We invite you to “take Initiative” and volunteer to get involved with our efforts in 2014.
May this Joyous Season bring you peace, health, and happiness throughout the coming year.
– David, Joe, Charise, Ray, & Belinda
There you have it, Health Care for All, Community Organizers, and the Mass Voter Table all in one email from a Community Organizing Group. One that states that it is a Non-Profit but is not registered as such in Massachusetts.