ON-Lion Letter

In early February, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) in Philadelphia asked the Georgetown University Law Center to quickly revisit its policies that restrict students from engaging in political speech on behalf of their chosen candidates.  The school has prevented a group of students supporting Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders from handing out campaign materials on campus, incorrectly claiming that the school's tax-exempt status requires this limitation.

"Every campaign season, FIRE sees private colleges erroneously tell students that they can't campaign for their candidate because it would threaten the school's tax exemption,” said FIRE senior program officer Marieke Tuthill Beck-Coon.  "That's just not correct.  As the IRS has made clear, and as FIRE has emphasized repeatedly throughout the years, nonprofit restrictions on political campaigning apply to the institution itself, not to students or student groups."

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports FIRE.

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