Sunday, March 19, 2006

Do political fundraisers follow AFP guidelines?

Atrios has an interesting story posted at his blog, eschaton, www.atrios.blogspot.com. about congressional spouses who act as "fundraising consultants."

This made me wonder whether political fundraisers follow the American Fundraising Professionals ethical guidelines: http://www.afpnet.org/ethics/ gui..._code_standards

Do political fundraisers routinely charge on a percentage basis, which is against ethics guidelines? We've debated this topic for years and I've come to the conclusion that percentages are not good. Example: you are hired to put on a special event and will receive a percentage of the net income. Naturally you would be tempted to scrimp on the expense side and the event may suffer in quality. There are many other examples but it is always safer just to follow the guidelines, especially since nonprofits are under additional scrutiny.

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