CABPRO has dropped the mention of being a “not-for-profit organization” from a membership application posted on its website.
On Wednesday the application read: “While CABPRO is a not-for-profit organization, we have deliberately declined the 501c3 status for two reasons. The private corporation designation allows us to keep our membership confidential, and it frees us from unnecessary outside controls.”
As of Thursday, the application reads: “CABPRO was incorporated in May 1993 and as a private corporation CABPRO is able to keep our membership confidential and free from unnecessary outside controls that might affect First Amendment rights.”
There is no mention of nonprofit anywhere on the application anymore.
CABPRO founder Todd Juvinall pointed to the new version on fellow conservatives Barry Pruett’s and George Rebane’s blog but offered no further explanation. “Perhaps you hapless liberals need to read the application for membership,” he wrote on Rebane’s blog.
The earlier version of the application — stating that CABPRO is a “not for profit” corporation — still appears in some PDF copies of the CABPRO news magazine that are on the website. A hard copy of the newsletter also circulates around town.
Local conservative advocate and attorney Barry Pruett, who also has written for CABPRO newsletter, previously has stated that CABPRO was a 5014c on his blog. “As we all know CABPRO is a corporation formed under 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code,” Barry wrote.
In its October newsletter CABPRO endorsed both the propositions and candidates for the upcoming November elections.
Both versions of the application read: “Membership is not tax deductible for federal tax purposes but may be deductible as an ordinary business expense. Consult your tax advisor.”
CABPRO’s Executive Director Martin Light has not responded to requests from Sierra Business Council President Steve Frisch to discuss the group’s nonprofit status.