The Congressional Attack on Non-Profits Continues

March 21, 2011 Posted by The Law Firm for Non-Profits, P.C. in Congressional ax, Lobbying, News, Policy

Previous posts have warned of Congressional action afoot that would harm nonprofits. In the cross hairs of late has been public broadcasting. For example, twice this year the House has voted to prevent any federal funds from going to NPR or member stations. So far the Senate has not concurred. On Thursday, however, the full Congress did agree on one big cut to PBS stations.

As reported in The Wrap, this past Thursday Congress eliminated emergency funding allocated for PBS stations this year. In the past such funding was used to help public television stations get back on the air after disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and the bombing of the World Trade Center. Furthermore, the White House plans to eliminate this program altogether next year.

Even if your nonprofit is not an NPR or PBS affiliate, these actions should be a warning to you. (Remember that last year, Congressional targets were ACORN and Planned Parenthood). The clear message is that no part of the nonprofit sector is safe from the Congressional ax.

NOTE: The information contained herein is not intended to be legal advice and the reader should know that no Attorney-Client relationship or privilege is formed by the posting or reading of this article which is also not intended to solicit business.

Casey Summar, Partner, The Law Firm for Non-Profits,1812 W Burbank Blvd, #7445, Burbank, CA 91506

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