Charity co-founded by Assemblyman Jim Frazier opposes his bill

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 4:14 AM

Frazier and his estranged wife, Janet Frazier, started The Network of Care after their oldest daughter, Stephanie, died in a car accident in two-thousandth.

Charity co-founded by Assemblyman Jim Frazier opposes his bill

A bill authored by Assemblyman Jim Frazier, D-Oakley, to require nonprofits to allow links from marketing materials to the Attorney General’s website is opposed by more than two hundred charities, including an organization he co-founded.

Frazier and his estranged wife, Janet Frazier, started The Network of Care after their oldest daughter, Stephanie, died in a car accident in two-thousandth. The nonprofit puts together bags of food for families watching over loved ones in pediatric wards of community hospitals. The charity reported $84.518 in income in two thousand-fourteenth, according to data on the CA Attorney General’s website.

The Network of Care, which is based in Concord, was among a long list of nonprofits included in an opposition letter the CA Organization of Nonprofits sent to the Gathering Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection on Monday.

Assemblyman Frazier is number longer on the board of The Network of Care and can’t clarify its opposition, he said in a statement. Janet Frazier, who couldn’t be reached for comment, is listed as the executive director of the organization.

Jim Frazier filed for divorce in January, according to Contra Costa County court records.

Introduced in February, originally required nonprofits to disclose overhead costs, and a recent federal tax filing on its website. If nonprofits failed to comply, the state could revoke the organization’s tax exemptions.

Those provisions were recently removed and replaced by one requiring that nonprofits give consumers information about how to research a charity before making a gift, according to an Gathering committee analysis. The link to AG’s website would also give consumers information about their rights and protections.

In a written statement, Assemblyman Frazier said the bill is in response to calls for more transparency about how charities spend money. The bill “simplifies a donor’s access to readily available information regarding the charity of their choice,” he said.

January Masaoka, chief executive of the the CA Organization of Nonprofits, condemned the bill, saying it’s duplicative, unnecessarily burdensome and likens nonprofits to tobacco companies.

“We think that’s totally inappropriate,” Masaoka said. “It’s equivalent to putting up a warning label and that gives the impression that there is a reason people necessity to be warned. That’s not the case.”

The association’s letter included eleven pages of nonprofits that connect in its opposition. AB two thousand eight hundred fifty-five will be heard in the privacy committee Tuesday afternoon.

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