We do not endorse candidates, we will not give a monetary donation. We collect information from candidates who are running for office in the state of Utah because we would like the members of Black Lives Matter Utah to know their stances on police reform.
Are we legally allowed to send out a candidate questionnaire to candidates who are running for office?
According to the IRS we absolutely are.
"Certain activities or expenditures may not be prohibited depending on the facts and circumstances. For example, certain voter education activities (including presenting public forums and publishing voter education guides) conducted in a non-partisan manner do not constitute prohibited political campaign activity. In addition, other activities intended to encourage people to participate in the electoral process, such as voter registration and get-out-the-vote drives, would not be prohibited political campaign activity if conducted in a non-partisan manner."- IRS.gov
We are allowed to advocate for police reform. That is the entire purpose of this chapter. When we ask for candidates to tell us their stances on police reform, we are doing that so that we may give this information to our members and they can make their own decisions regarding who they vote for.
We are also aware that it is perfectly legal for our leaders to make their own individual endorsements of candidates, which are not the endorsements of the organization.
We also want to make it clear that we are not a 501c3. We are a registered LLC. However if we were a registered 501c3 we would still have the ability to advocate for police reform, and to send out a Questionnaire to elected officials.