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Nonprofits and Lobbying: Yes They Can!

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Published Date
March, 2009

The author states in this article, “Getting involved in the legislative process and having a say in policy discussions is not just an appropriate role for nonprofits; it is vital. If nonprofits are not speaking on behalf of their often-vulnerable communities, chances are nobody else is either.” This article addresses some of the legal issues around lobbying and explains the differences between the terms “lobbying” and “advocacy.” It also outlines what activities are and are not permissible, such as partisan political activities, and discusses federal, state, and local rules for 501(c)(3) organizations.