A Colorado public university may have violated the law by
offering students course credits for volunteering to help with
President Obama's re-election.
Adams State University in Alamosa was offering a 12-week
organizing internship for the Obama campaign. But as Oliver Darcy
of CampusReform.org points out, taxpayer-supported
schools are not permitted to use public resources to help elect
"It seems that by offering this course credit to
campaign for the Obama campaign, that's exactly what this
university was doing," he reasons. "They did swiftly remove that
course, probably because they realized that they may be in conflict
with the law."
The state-supported liberal arts university denied having used
its resources to conduct the course, but Darcy says that is
"I'd imagine that just even posting it on the school's website
-- the school's website is a resource," he notes. "There [are] also
two professors involved with that course that was supposed to aid
in helping students with the Obama campaign. So, it does definitely
seem like they did use resources."
Darcy suggests this seems to be occurring on other campuses
throughout the country, so he urges anyone concerned to contact his