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Politics, Lobbying, and Advocacy

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Posted on November 5, 2013

Starting January 2014, changes to the rules for lobbyists in Georgia will go into effect and nonprofits that lobby should pay attention as the fines for noncompliance are significant. Even if your employees, contractors and volunteers have not had to register as lobbyists in the past, the updated law may require them to register. The old “10 percent” rule is gone, and the standard for who is considered a lobbyist has been both greatly simplified and significantly expanded. Other changes to the law include removal of the registration fees and changes to the definition of permitted lobbying expenditures. Our new article will help your organization determine if the activities of your employees, contractors and volunteers make them lobbyists under the updated Georgia law, and what they need to do if they are considered lobbyists.

Posted on August 22, 2012

As a 501(c)(3), there is a limit on the amount of lobbying your organization can do and an absolute prohibition on any political campaign activity. This webcast will answer the following questions:

• What is the difference between lobbying and political activity?
• What amount of lobbying is acceptable?
• How can your organization do advocacy work without getting into trouble with the IRS?
• What are the danger areas for 501(c)(3) organizations when it comes to political activity?
• What is a 501(h) election?

Presenter: Doug Chalmers, Managing Member, Political Law Group

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Posted on May 8, 2012

Lobbying vs. Advocacy

Does your organization lobby for political change? You’re allowed, but there are limits. What is the difference between lobbying and advocacy? Protect your nonprofit status by getting to know these rules.

By: Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta

Posted on December 6, 2011

Did you know that your nonprofit status means that your organization is not allowed to participate in campaigns and certain political activities? Read about it here to avoid this common pitfall.

Please note that in addition to the legal disclaimer above, this article contains information that is based, in whole or in part, on the laws of the District of Columbia. As a result, the information may not be appropriate for organizations operating outside the District of Columbia.