Nonprofits that engage, or are thinking about engaging, in lobbying and political activities need to know what the tax laws will allow. Charities are limited by 501(c)(3) in the amount of legislative lobbying they may conduct, and absolutely prohibited from participating or intervening in an election for public office, while organizations exempt under other sections of the Internal Revenue Code like social welfare organizations, unions, and trade associations are unlimited in lobbying and may engage in some candidate electoral activity (but may be subject to tax on expenditures for these purposes). Private foundations are prohibited from lobbying entirely, and must ensure any lobbying conducted by their grantees is not attributed to them. As one of a few centers of legal expertise in the United States, Adler & Colvin has built a national reputation for advising charities and other nonprofits about the complex tax laws that regulate lobbying and political activities they conduct. We coordinate our representation with election law attorneys as needed.
“Ask an Expert” is an opportunity for forum attendees to meet one-on-one with a legal professional to discuss and gain valuable insight on issues pertinent to the management of their organization(s). Ms. Nancy E. McGlamery, Principal at Adler & Colvin, will be available for individual “Ask an Expert” sessions on Thursday, 10/20, and Friday, 10/21 at the National Forum. Register for the “Ask an Expert” meeting (20 mins) – attendance is limited. Please note that Ms. McGlamery can help you understand the laws, but cannot provide legal advice for specific situations.
Moderator: Deborah Kaminiski, Squar Milner LLP
Co-presenter: Dinah Stephens, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles
Co-panelists: John Pomeranz and Eric Rodriguez
Co-sponsored by Independent Sector and the Council on Foundations
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