As many of you already know, activists at Loyola
University Chicago were planning to bring
best-selling author and Young America’s Foundation lecturer Karl Rove to their campus for the fall semester.
Administrators at the university, however, are claiming that Rove cannot speak
because he is a “political” speaker, and that would put their 501(c)(3) tax
status in jeopardy.
listening to the objections of the students, and the reasoning that Karl Rove
would not put Loyola’s tax status in jeopardy, administrators at Loyola have
announced they are sticking to their decision. Karl Rove apparently is not
welcome to speak on campus before the election. This is a blatant display of
hypocrisy, and it will not be tolerated.
order to reassure University officials that their tax status is not in
jeopardy, Young America’s Foundation has reached out to the Alliance Defense
Fund to seek legal advice on the university’s behalf. ADF reassured us that
Karl Rove coming to speak on October 19 would not put the university’s tax
status in jeopardy.(Click here to read the letter)
broke that the university is hosting Eboo Patel, an appointee of the
Obama administration, to speak on campus. If the school is truly concerned
about their tax status, they would not be hosting a representative of the Obama
administration that has a vested interest in the fall elections.
America’s Foundation has scheduled Karl Rove to speak at a number of schools in
the upcoming fall semester, including Yale University, Ball State
University, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, High
Point University, Oberlin College, and University of California –
Merced. Loyola administrators are De facto claiming that schools hosting
Karl Rove are violating tax laws.
university clearly has a track record of hosting “political” events. Their “Inside Government” lecture series often hosts
elected officials to address to the university. Further, university officials
sent out a press release in March of 2006, exclaiming,
“Political Experts Available to the Media.”