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CharityWatch's rating of Drug Policy Alliance (tax ID# 52-1516692) is for the 501(c)(3) public charity.

CharityWatch issues a separate rating for Drug Policy Action (tax ID# 52-1951197), which is Drug Policy Alliance's related 501(c)(4) tax-exempt, social welfare organization.


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According to the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) audit of May 31, 2017 (Note 8, Note Payable-Related Party):

"During 2015, DPA entered into a revolving note payable with Drug Policy Action to borrow up to $5,000,000. During 2016, the amount DPA can borrow was increased to $10,000,000. During 2017, the amount DPA can borrow was increased to $15,000,000. Interest on outstanding borrowings under the agreement is fixed at 2% per annum. As of May 31, 2017 and 2016, the outstanding balance is $7,000,000. The note has no maturity and is payable on demand. Interest expense in the [sic] amounted to $160,000 [and] $118,333 for the years ended May 31, 2017 and 2016."

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