The Humane Party does not provide email addresses (e.g., “firstname.lastname@example.org”) for several reasons. Two main reasons are:
- cost: the more financial overhead the HP has, the more the HP will need to seek financial contributions
- volunteers: the more administrative overhead the HP has, the more thinly the HP’s limited volunteer time will be spread
This issue is one where the HP’s unique organizational nature and the vulnerability of the constituents the HP represents require an approach that may differ from that of other organizations.
Three categories of people are required to take the Humane Party Oath:
- candidates running for public office who are endorsed by any Humane Party entity
- members of the board of directors of any Humane Party entity
- officers of any Humane Party entity
An “officer”, for the purposes of this requirement, is anyone whose role in a Humane Party entity calls for (i) managing the activities of other HP team members or (ii) speaking on behalf of the HP to the general public. Thus, for example, a photographer who volunteers to take photographs at an event for the HP but who does not manage or direct the activities of any other HP team member would not be required to take the HP Oath. Meanwhile, a HP team member who interviews, selects, or directs the above photographer would be required to take the HP Oath.