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Shirley McLaughlin, Associate Robert A. Wexler, Principal Ingrid Mittermaier, Principal Steven R. Chiodini, Of Counsel Nancy E. McGlamery, Principal Rosemary E. Fei, Principal Emily Chan, Of Counsel Eric K. Gorovitz, Principal Matt Clausen, Principal Erik Dryburgh, Principal Stephanie L. Petit, Principal David A. Levitt, Principal Karl F. Mill, Associate Gregory L. Colvin, Emeritus Daren Garshelis, Associate

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Adler & Colvin is a group of seasoned attorneys based in San Francisco, deeply committed to serving the legal needs of the nonprofit sector.  The firm brings an unrivaled depth of expertise and passion to its representation of tax-exempt organizations and individual philanthropists.

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Practitioner Perspectives on Using Section 501(c)(4) Organizations for Charitable Lobbying: Realities and an Alternative

This paper, originally published in the NYU Journal of Legislation and Public Policy, discusses a wide array of issues arising from the use of Section 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations to conduct the lobbying necessary to advance charitable goals. The paper goes on to propose an innovative legislative change that would allow the creation of a…


Lobbying Overview for Private Foundations

Private foundations’ expenditures for legislative lobbying are prohibited as “taxable expenditures” by Section 4945 of the Internal Revenue Code. For the purpose of deciding what is prohibited lobbying, private foundations may rely on the definitions found in Sections 501(h) and 4911 of the Internal Revenue Code, which define lobbying for those public charities that have…

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