The story discussed whether the Cuba Study Group should be considered a lobbying organization rather than a non-profit group.
The latest tax record I could find for the CSG says that the group's primary tax-exempt purpose "is to educate the public on the alternatives available in connection with the possible transition of the government of the Republic of Cuba."
The document states:
The organization studies and proposes projects and ideas that promote and facilitate non-violent change in Cuba, leading to democracy, an open society, a market-based economy and the reunification of the Cuban nation. The organization conducts public opinion surveys, undertakes academic research, promotes debate and holds conferences. The purpose of each of these activities is to promote a greater understanding of the repressive regime currently in power in Cuba and the social and ethical issues to be faced by those who desire to encourage a peaceful transition in Cuba, as well as promoting debate at all levels of society regarding possible alternatives and their consequences.Membership dues finance the CSG. The group reported $1,360,176 in income from 2008 through 2012, according to the organization's 2013 records.
Expenses in 2012 totaled $334,263. They included:
- Legal: $170
- Accounting: $3,250
- Other: $79,974
- Occupancy: $2,280
- Travel: $15,626
- Conferences, conventions and meetings: $21,973
- Depreciation, depletion and amortization: $7,760
- Employee leasing: $155,427
- Advocacy support: $21,382
- Miscellaneous: $7,386
- Website hosting and advertising: $6,711
- All other expenses: $12,324