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Advocacy + Politics

A key specialty of our firm is advising nonprofit organizations regarding the laws governing lobbying and political activity by tax-exempt organizations.  We can address both the tax and election-law aspects of your organization’s activities.  We specialize in independent organizations, not connected to a candidate or political party, and also work with political campaigns and candidates.  Our clients range from large national and international organizations to small volunteer-operated community groups.  We represent 501(c)(3) public charities and private foundations, 501(c)(4) advocacy organizations, political organizations (including independent expenditure PACs, other types of federal and state political committees, and "soft" 527 organizations), and families of organizations comprised of several of these types of exempt organization.  Specifically, we assist organizations with the laws governing:

  • Lobbying by 501(c)(3) organizations
  • 501(c)(3)s and election-related activities
  • Political activities by 501(c)(4)s
  • Relationships among affiliated organizations
  • Federal and state campaign finance law
  • Creating and operating federal and state political committees (including independent expenditure PACs)
  • "Soft" 527 organizations
  • Federal Lobbying Disclosure Act and similar state lobbying laws
  • Federal and state gift, travel, and other ethics rules

 

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