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The US Post Office Gives Scientology a Break on Mailing Out Their Newsletters?

Discussion in 'Projects' started by RightOn, Oct 20, 2013.

  1. RightOn Member

    GRRRRR!
    In a recent "Sunday Funnies" article by Tony Ortega, he attached a copy the latest Church of Scientology Newsletter from Flag. Oct 2013 Issue #12.
    On the side of the newsletter, it reads
    "Non Profit Organization, US Postage Paid"
    http://www.scribd.com/doc/177422310/Fort-Harrison-Newsletter

    I don't know if this bothers anyone else, but it made me see red.
    The US post office has been complaining that it is hemorrhaging money and the price of a stamp is about to go up AGAIN. So we pay higher prices, while the cult gets a break? WTF?
    They give a break to the Church of Scientology on their postal costs for sending out Flag newsletters? And how many other orgs?
    How is going to the Ft. Harrison Hotel for courses and auditing a non profit venture?
    IT'S A FREAKING HOTEL.

    Their flyer is an advertisement for several their restaurants where you can inquire about group bookings.
    Their "Thanksgiving Weekend at Flag " states you can eat and also "Go Up The Bridge" and even talks about their Flower Shop and their Photo Contest (which people photographed all the flower arrangements and other flora around Flag and submitted it).
    Looks like they were very careful not to mention any pricing.
    But many other of their newsletters have in the past.
    Cab you please post them in this thread? And show the stamp!

    The US Postal Service financially helping the cult to send out this crap is on OUR dime. We end up paying the slack.
    Now I know I am going to hear that as long as the COS is still considered a non profit in the US, that they are entitled to the same benefits as other non profits. And yes it is also our dime on all their state wide properties that are not taxed.
    But are other non profits hawking courses, auditing, hotel stays and restaurants?
    This just enrages me.

    I wonder how much this last newsletter cost the US tax payers? In other words, the COS gets a break on postage, and then we have to pay the slack by mounting postal costs.
    Especially since the cult sends them out to anyone who ever stepped into Flag or other orgs.
    Would love to know what the exact rules are when it comes to the US post office awarding a Non Profit Stamp to non profits? Because I would bet that the COS breaks those rules, since they break the rules of being a non profit in the first place. Any non profit can not be charged with any crimes or have any one person receive inurement. Busted!

    I THINK SERIOUS POONS ARE NEEDED!
    The tax payers have to be made aware of this!
    Poon who? IDK!
    thoughts?
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  2. Anonymous Member

    Googling

    "Non Profit Organization, US Postage Paid"

    gave me the PDF below.

    Attached Files:

  3. Anonymous Member

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  4. RightOn Member

    "Qualified organization: the organization is not organized for profit, and none of its net income inures to the benefit of any private stockholder or individual. Types of organizations that may qualify (703.1.2): religious, educational, scientific, philanthropic, agricultural, labor, veterans, and fraternal. Voting registration officials and national and state political committees may be qualified without regard to their nonprofit status.

    Ineligible nonprofit organizations (703.1.4): service, social, and hobby clubs; citizens’ and civic improvement associations; state, county, and municipal governments are generally not eligible."

    Eligible and ineligible matter:

    • Prohibitions and restrictions: Nonprofit prices are not permitted for mailing promotional material for credit cards, and promotional material for commercially available insurance and travel arrangements is restricted. Authorized organizations may not let any other person or organization use their authorizations to mail at Nonprofit Standard Mail prices.
    • Cooperative mailings: Mailable at Nonprofit Standard Mail prices only if each cooperating organization is individually authorized to mail at Nonprofit Standard Mail prices where the mailing is deposited.
    • A cooperative mailing involving the mailing of any matter on behalf of or produced for an organization, not itself authorized to mail at the Nonprofit Standard Mail prices at the Post Office where the mailing is deposited, must be paid at the applicable regular Standard Mail prices.
    • Exception: Approved nonprofit organizations entering into a cooperative agreement with a professional fundraiser, or similar organization, must mail at the regular Standard Mail prices unless each of following criteria are met:
    Mailings must be soliciting monetary donations to the authorized mailer and not promoting or otherwise facilitating the sale or lease of any goods or services.

    The organization authorized to mail at Nonprofit Standard Mail prices is given a list of each donor, contact information (e.g., address, telephone number) for each, and the amount of the donation (or waives in writing the receipt of this list).

    Authorizations: PS Form 3624 with supporting documentation is required to be submitted and approved prior to mailing at Nonprofit Standard Mail prices; PS Form 3623 is required for any mailing office without Postal One! access."
    http://pe.usps.com/text/qsg300/Q703.htm
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  5. RightOn Member

    How to Apply for Authorization to Mail at Nonprofit Prices
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    1. Get a copy of Form 3624, Application to Mail at Nonprofit Standard Mail Prices. The form also is available from your postmaster or your business mail entry unit.
    Form 3624, Application to Mail at Nonprofit Standard Mail Prices.
    1. Fill out Form 3624. Lines 1-8 and Lines 10-17 are self-explanatory. For Line 9, check the category (ONLY ONE) under which you are applying.
    1. Required documentation. You must submit some documentation with your application to support your claim for nonprofit prices:
      • Formative papers—e.g., articles of incorporation, constitution, or charter.
      • IRS letter of exemption from payment of federal income tax.
      • Other evidence of nonprofit status—e.g., a financial statement prepared by a responsible party such as a certified public accountant substantiating organization’s nonprofit status (statement must include balance sheets, income statement, notes, etc.).
    1. Some mailers provide additional supporting documentation:
      • List of the organization’s activities during the past 12 months.
      • Financial statement showing receipts and expenditures for the past fiscal year, plus the budget for the current year.
      • Other documents of operation—e.g., the organization’s bulletins, minutes of meetings, brochures.
    1. Submit the completed form and supporting documentation to your postmaster or at the business mail entry unit. Applications may be submitted online by obtaining a logon and password at Business Customer Gateway at usps.com
    1. Your application will be reviewed by the Postal Service. If there are any questions about the application or if additional supporting documentation is needed, a postal specialist will contact you directly. Hardcopy usually takes about two weeks for your application to be approved. Applying online can expedite the process.
    1. You can mail your organization’s material while the nonprofit application is pending. Until you receive nonprofit authorization, you must pay postage at the regular (higher) Standard Mail prices. Then, once your nonprofit application is approved, you can request a refund of the difference between the regular and nonprofit price.
    1. To request a refund, complete Form 3533, Application and Voucher for Refund of Postage, Fees, and Services. The form also is available from your postmaster or your business mail entry unit.
    Submit Form 3533 with a copy of your dated nonprofit application and copies of your postage statements. Be sure to keep copies of your postage statements to expedite the refund process. It takes about two weeks to receive your refund check.
    Once you have been approved to mail at nonprofit privileges, in order to keep that authorization, you must make a nonprofit mailing at least once during a two-year period. Otherwise, your authorization could be revoked. "

    http://pe.usps.com/businessmail101/misc/nonprofitApplication.htm
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  6. RightOn Member

    if anyone has copies of COS newsletters that break these rules,
    please post them here for safe keeping.
    But they MUST have the "Non Profit Organization, US Postage Paid" stamp on them
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  7. The Wrong Guy Member

    In the Sunday Funnies thread, this is the reply I wrote (and deleted when I saw this thread):

    USPS Publication 417 - Nonprofit Standard Mail Eligibility

    Reduced rates of Standard Mail® postage are available for eligible organizations that the United States Postal Service® (USPS®) has authorized and whose individual mailings meet the specific eligibility rules that apply to Nonprofit Standard Mail.

    Evaluation of Eligibility

    In reviewing an application for authorization to mail at the Nonprofit Standard Mail (nonprofit) rates for one of the eight types of organizations listed in 2-2.1, the USPS examines an organization's supporting documentation to verify the following:

    • The organization's primary purpose. The organization must be both organized and operated for a qualifying primary purpose. An organization that incidentally engages in qualifying activities is ineligible for nonprofit rates.

    • The organization's nonprofit status. An eligible organization may receive authorization to mail at nonprofit rates if it meets these two financial conditions:

    • The organization is not organized for profit.

    None of the organization's net income is intended to benefit any individual or private stockholder.

    http://pe.usps.com/text/pub417/

    Search:

    http://www.bing.com/search?q="Non Profit Organization" "US Postage Paid"
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  8. RightOn Member

    lol!! WG! great minds think alike! ;)

    The angle here to get this out is to the tax payers.
    In other words...
    "The price of a stamp is going up, while the US Postal Service allows the Church of Scientology breaks on what it mails out?"
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  9. RightOn Member

    Paging Tony O and any other media to the white phone!
    I think this would make a very interesting article that all tax payers should read!

    edited:
    to all tipsters out there.
    Tony's Sunday Funnies are chock full of copies of COS newsletters, but they of course do not show the front.
    If any of you tipsters out there see the "Nonprofit Organization US Postage Paid" stamp on any of the newsletters you have or come across, can you take a pic and post them here? Include date, the contents and Issue # too!
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  10. TrevAnon Member

    Another RightOn project in the making. COS beware...

    :D
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  11. RightOn Member

    Hey Trev! <3
    see any newsletters laying around that sport that stamp on the front?
    And how does this work internationally?
    Do other post offices in other countries offer the same mail discount deal to *cough* non profits like the COS?
  12. TrevAnon Member

    I was never in, I don't get mail from CO$. [I don't get that much mail altogether now. BRB signing up for CO$ newsletters...]

    AFAIK the largest Dutch mail company PostNL doesn't have special tariffs for non-profit organisations.

    I remember in the eighties, when the Dutch government had to cut expenses, one of the things they did was no longer pay for mail that was sent by the Roman Catholic Church. After that, the RCC cut back on its mailings, which I thought was rather strange. :rolleyes:
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  13. RightOn Member

    bump for justice
  14. BigBeard Member

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  15. Anonymous Member

    A Toronto Anon posted this, along with its contents a while back:

    Postage Paid - AuditorEnvelope.jpg

    Is this the kind of thing you're looking for?
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  16. RightOn Member

    yes!
    need the contents posted here
    auditing is a SERVICE. which they get paid for
    these type of mailings should not get a break from the post office
  17. Anonymous Member

    I'll work on tracking down the thread.
  18. Anonymous Member

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  19. RightOn Member

    this is great NightOwl
    So that was for LA?
    going to go look over the contents
    Man the harpoons!
    So far we have copies of one from LA and the one that Tony posted from Flag.
    Would be lovely to get one per state to present to the postal inspector in one big lovely package of misuse of a non profit org postal rate!
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  20. RightOn Member

    omg they listed prices on the LA one! WOW that is a great find!
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