as much as i agree it would be nice to have them donate to mioc or goa, i think it would be a better cause to donate to another group (so as long as they are not anti-gun). otherwise, i would feel that we're ONLY going there to benefit ourselves in some way. rather then going there to meet, etc, and at the same time some other random group hearing about us, because we did ask for the donations to go there instead of in our own interest.
kind of seems like we're using the system in our own interest to get money out of going there...
There is no way I will donate my money or time, as a member of a group, for the group to then use the resource I donate for anything not related in some way to the group's mission.
It doesn't make sense, and let me illustrate by a hypothetical example:
I allocate40% of my money and 30% of my time, available for charity, on the issue of lung cancer and with an organization focused on that issue.
I allocatethe balance of my money and time available for charity (60% and 70%, respectively)on the issue of gun rights and with an organization focused on that issue. If that organization turns around and uses part of itsmoney orpart of itstime in support of lung cancer or any other non-gun rights issue then, in effect, they are diverting what I have personally chosen as my charitable priorities and allocations. I will then look for another gun-rights organization that stays within their mission so that my allocations to my personal charitable priorities remain what I intended them to be.
In other words, I spend the portion of my time and money on attending open-carry events and open-carry causes which I want to go to open-carry. If I feel like donating other portions of time or money on other issues, I will participate in those issues'events and causes elsewhere.
There is nothing wrong, and it's absolutely the right and expected thing to do, for an organization to stay within its mission, in terms of organizing events and collecting money to serve its mission. As a donor to charity, that's what I count on. The $5 I give to the lung cancer organization, I want all $5 spent on something related to lung cancer. The 5 hours I spend at a lung cancer event, I want all five hours to be used in furtherance of the lung cancer organization's mission.
That just my opinion, not saying you're wrong, but it does guide whether or not I spend money and time with an organization.