Opportunity Village is a 501(c) non-profit, apolitical organization with a tax exempt status. Exploitation of such an organization for political purposes jeopardizes its tax exempt status with the IRS and is a violation of the organization's corporate charter and bylaws.
In the upper right corner of a political mailer sent on March 26 to voters in Ward One of the city of Las Vegas, is a photo of Mayor Oscar Goodman and Councilman Michael McDonald taken at Opportunity Village Association for Retarded Citizens.
As the President Emeritus of OV, and with love and respect for OV's intellectually handicapped clients, I believe Goodman and McDonald are exploiting these wonderful people by placing such a photo on a negative political mailer attacking other candidates for public office.
I proudly served the clients of OV as a volunteer and member of the Board of Directors from 1967 - 1986. Therefore, I am qualified to say that the use of this photo as the backdrop for a negative political mailer was inappropriate and shows disrespect to Opportunity Village clients and their families.
Steve Miller - Vice President, Opportunity Village, 1978 - 1984, President, Opportunity Village, 1984 - 1986.