Posts Categorized: 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 much in politics, this is truly much ado about nothing. The Executive Order may serve …

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House Trying to Force Nonprofits to be "Effective"

March 11, 2014 Posted by Jessica Shofler in Lobbying, News, Policy

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 uses of charitable funds. Specifically, the bill would: •    Impose a 25% surtax on nonprofits …

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

June 13, 2012 Posted by The Law Firm for Non-Profits, P.C. in Advocacy, IRS, Lobbying, News

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 that supports or opposes candidates for public office. As you know from reading our previous …

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Another Call for IRS to Investigate Social Welfare Orgs

May 8, 2012 Posted by The Law Firm for Non-Profits, P.C. in Advocacy, IRS, Lobbying, News

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 engage in lobbying without limit, they are not allowed to act in favor of or …

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Advocacy Tips for Nonprofits

March 7, 2012 Posted by The Law Firm for Non-Profits, P.C. in Advocacy, Lobbying, News

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. The tips include thanking supportive politicians, developing an agenda, and taking a united position. You …

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