Category Archives: Lobbying

The Non-Repeal of the Johnson Amendment

Much brouhaha has been made over President Trump’s May 4 Executive Order claiming to “totally destroy” the Johnson Amendment. The Johnson Amendment is a 1954 law that bars 501(c)(3) organizations from supporting or opposing candidates for public office. As with … Continue reading

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House Trying to Force Nonprofits to be “Effective”

Can a new tax plan make nonprofits more “effective”? That’s what the House is hoping. A draft bill recently announced by the House Ways and Means Committee would penalize nonprofits for activities that the Committee has determined are not effective … Continue reading

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IRS Increases Scrutiny of 501(c)(3) Political Activity During Election Cycle

Our clients often ask whether they can participate in legislative and political activity. While we encourage clients to lobby on behalf of their interests within the limits prescribed by law (see our previous post), 501(c)(3) organizations cannot engage in activity … Continue reading

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Another Call for IRS to Investigate Social Welfare Orgs

As you know from our previous post, the IRS has increased its scrutiny of nonprofit organizations engaging in political activity (as it does every 4 years during the presidential election cycle). This is because while 501(c)(4) organizations are allowed to … Continue reading

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Advocacy Tips for Nonprofits

As we told you in a prior post, for many nonprofits, advocacy is an important tool for achieving exempt purposes. In a recent article published by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, successful advocates offer tips to help charities defend their interests. … Continue reading

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Debt Deal is Existential Threat to Nonprofits

The debt deal itself, as well deeper cuts coming from Congress, threaten millions of jobs in the nonprofit sector and the tens of millions of Americans who rely on their services. Continue reading

The Congressional Attack on Non-Profits Continues

Congress eliminates disaster recovery aid for PBS stations Continue reading

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Texas United Way Exec Says "Fight for Survival"

Texas Nonprofit exec warns nonprofits to lobby or die. Continue reading

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