Well, not exactly a Super Pac, but it got your attention. In reality, EveryLibrary is a 501 (c) 4 social welfare orginization. It is hard to tell the difference and no one wants to go around saying 501 (c) 4 social welfare orginization. What is great about EveryLibrary is that it really is a social welfare orginization lobbying on behalf of libraries in elections and legistlation, as opposed to just hiding under the tax status to collect unlimited funding to pay for attack ads. But don’t take my word for it:
EveryLibrary is seeking initial funding resources to become established as a 501(c)(4) nonprofit social welfare organization chartered to work exclusively on local library ballot initiatives. The organization will be registered in Illinois after reaching our funding/pledge goal from individual, corporate, union, and foundation donors. We will work in partnership with local library campaign leaders and independently to advocate for specific library initiatives among the voting public.
WHAT WE DO
EveryLibrary will be the first and only national organization dedicated exclusively to political action at a local level to create, renew, and protect public funding for libraries of all types. We will provide tactical and operational support to local voter awareness campaigns, seed and sustaining monies to local ballot committees and PACs, as well as conducting direct voter advocacy in support of library taxing, bonding, and referendum.
A long term complaint about libraries is we don’t make our case very well to the public. This was made apparant to me when I was at a county training and someone asked me if people still came to the library. Of course they do! But that person shouldn’t have to ask that. At that same meeting it was related that there is a disconnect between the public perception of the value of the library and the public need for a library. During good times the library ranks low on a list of priorities but during a recession the public grows upset when hours and services are cut. Public libraries need to bridge that gap and make the case that libraries are important at all times and EveryLibrary is part of the solution of making the case for public libraries. Especially now as city and county government deal with shrinking budgets.
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