Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Q&A with Martin Light, executive director of CABPRO

I've had some questions about CABPRO, the California Association of Business, Property and Resource Owners, the pro-property-rights, anti-regulation group whose CABPRO Report blog graces the far right column of Nevada County Voices - but the group's office on the ground floor of the Robinson Enterprises building is never, ever open, the five or six times I've tried to drop by, and when I've called and left messages on their answering machine, my calls haven't been returned.

So I called CABPRO Executive Director Martin Light directly, and he was kind enough to speak with me for a couple of minutes. Here are the Qs I asked, and what I learned.*

Q: CABPRO is a for-profit organization?
A: No, it's a 501(c)(4).

Q: Many of the CABPRO Report blog posts (e.g. the most recent one) say they're "by CABPRO Staff"; who writes these articles?
A: That's privileged information.

Q: But others besides you are paid?
A: Yes, but their identities are privileged information.

Q: When you get a W-2 form or 1099 form for your work as CABPRO Executive Director, what is the name of the firm that's printed on the form?
A: That's privileged information.

Q: When is the CABPRO office open?
A: Various hours; it varies.

Q: When I asked the nice fellow at B&C [whose owners are CABPRO members] how I could look at back issues of the CABPRO newsletter, he said I could come down to the office and see them there.
A: They are available; we have those archived. [The last year or so are online; but if the fellow I talked to isn't a CABPRO staffer, said fellow can't say what I can and can't get from the office]


So, now you know as much as I do. If you have questions about CABPRO that you'd like answered, please ask in the (moderated) comments and I'll see if I can find out for you.

1 comment:

Anna Haynes said...

One update, regarding CABPRO executive director Mr. Light's subsequent characterization of our exchange, wherein he said the questions I asked "clearly showed she had not done her homework prior to calling me. She was very confused as to what CABPRO's legal status is ..." (link)

I recently spoke with the very personable former executive director of CABPRO, who said that to her recollection the organization - characterized by Mr. Light as a 501(c)(4) - had not been a 501(c)anything during her tenure, it was legally (though not empirically) a for-profit group.

As I informed her, the world needs to be run by women.