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Forum Post: Issues gain visibility using Public Service Announcements?

Posted 8 years ago on March 1, 2012, 10:11 p.m. EST by Underdog (2971) from Clermont, FL
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Would Occupy be willing to gain 501(c)3 status and thus be eligible for Public Service Announcements (PSA)? If talented folks within the movement with ad agency and/or marketing background could volunteer some of their time/resources to put some clever ads together (like the TRUTH anti-smoking ads), PSAs are a cost-effective way to use radio/TV to reach millions. 

Does anyone think this would/could work? Let's use the tool of the beast (media advertising) to beat the beast at its own game.

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[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 8 years ago

public service announcement sounds like a good plan

what's 501(c)3 status?

[-] 1 points by Underdog (2971) from Clermont, FL 8 years ago

501(c)3 is required for any non-profit, tax-exempt org. You cannot get your PSA on the air without proof of your org being 501(c)3.

[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 8 years ago

bench advertising of dated events

[-] 1 points by Underdog (2971) from Clermont, FL 8 years ago

You flew over my head again. Plain English please for the old man's sake.

[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 8 years ago

is it gauche to watch movies on lap top in subways ?

[-] 1 points by Underdog (2971) from Clermont, FL 8 years ago

You went right over this old man's head Matt.

[-] 1 points by GypsyKing (8708) 8 years ago

I think PSA's are an excellent idea.

[-] 1 points by BradB (2693) from Washington, DC 8 years ago

it makes sense to me ... EXCEPT ... it's my understanding that under 501(c)3 ... at any time the govt can step in and fire the board members & replace them with whomever they choose ... could get messy

[-] 1 points by Underdog (2971) from Clermont, FL 8 years ago

Brad, you have got to be kidding me! Why on this earth would they be granted that authority?

[-] 1 points by BradB (2693) from Washington, DC 8 years ago

hehe... I don't know... I guess because they are tax exempt ... the govt want's to insure (what they consider) proper operation ...

[-] 1 points by Underdog (2971) from Clermont, FL 8 years ago

They are non-profit orgs. Any contributions they may receive are tax-exempt. So the IRS monitors them in case they are robbing the coffers? Is that what you're getting at?

I would like to see Occupy (or some other org) attain non-profit status, create some effective ads, and get them out there any way possible. Somehow, we've just got to wake the people up. Our freedoms are going down the drain every day as this link indicates:

http://occupywallst.org/forum/very-important-please-read-will-obama-commit-treas/

[-] 1 points by BradB (2693) from Washington, DC 8 years ago

there is a new type of LLC .. that's a hybrid of non-profit & for-profit ..

[-] 1 points by BradB (2693) from Washington, DC 8 years ago

there is a new type of LLC .. that's a hybrid of non-profit & for-profit ... ????

[-] 1 points by Underdog (2971) from Clermont, FL 8 years ago

Do you know if they would qualify for PSAs?

I am actually giving consideration to forming a non-profit to pursue this. You worked within the system as a lobbyist. Any suggestions? As insane as it sounds, can Congress be lobbied to pursue actions via non-profit orgs designed to raise awareness among We The People? What resources exist within the Government that could actually help Occupy wake up the millions? The Government is suppossed to exist to serve the best interests of the people. I know, it doesn't, but it is supposed to.

Time for me to go watch "Mr. Smith goes to Washington" again.

[-] 1 points by BradB (2693) from Washington, DC 8 years ago
[-] 1 points by BradB (2693) from Washington, DC 8 years ago

as far as resources ... it used to be that all govt grants/contracts/rfp's etc were listed in the Federal Register ... they have a new site ; https://www.federalregister.gov/ ... I am currently not familiar w/ it ...

I like the PSA idea ... btw ;)

[-] 1 points by Underdog (2971) from Clermont, FL 8 years ago

Thanks Brad. I'll check that out. Got to start somewhere.

[-] 0 points by trololo (21) 8 years ago

Even if you use the tool for good, you're still a tool...

[-] -1 points by B76RT (-357) 8 years ago

501 c3 groups can be investigatd by the irs,.......but that won't happen because the current adminstration backs ows.