Uber, Lyft’s ballot measure campaign gets nonprofit status for mailers, opponents cry foul

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Opponents of Proposition 22, a poll measure sponsored by Uber, Lyft and different gig financial system corporations in California, have filed a grievance with the USA Postal Service towards the marketing campaign for utilizing nonprofit standing to ship out political mailers. They are saying the Sure on Proposition 22 marketing campaign has saved $1.5 million through the use of the nonprofit postage charge for mailings, relatively than utilizing the traditional bulk charge.

A spokesman for the Sure marketing campaign stated it has been granted nonprofit standing by the IRS and that it’s normal apply for marketing campaign committees engaged on poll measures to type themselves as nonprofits.

“Sure on 22 is eligible for the suitable nonprofit postage charges with the USPS, which we utilized for and have been granted by the US Postmaster,” a Sure marketing campaign spokesman stated in an electronic mail. “The USPS has a long-term coverage rather than permitting the poll measure committee of a duly licensed nonprofit to mail underneath the nonprofit’s authorization.”

The grievance comes throughout a heated battle over Proposition 22, which is sponsored by Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, Instacart and Postmates and goals to exempt the businesses from classifying their staff as staff as mandated by California legislation. The 5 corporations have contributed almost $200 million to the poll measure marketing campaign, making it the costliest in California historical past.

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Opponents to the poll measure say that with such giant sums of cash being spent, the gig financial system corporations should not be getting a reduction on USPS postage. 

“It is outrageous however not stunning that the app corporations which are going to the mat to maintain shortchanging staff would shamelessly rip off the postal service,” Mike Roth, marketing campaign spokesperson for the No on Prop 22 marketing campaign, stated in a press release. “That is simply extra proof of the type of greed we’re coping with from these corporations.”

Uber, Lyft and Postmates did not return requests for remark. DoorDash and Instacart referred PJDM to the Sure on Proposition 22 marketing campaign.

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Dara Kerr