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California Enacts Bill to Combat Noncompliant Charities

The California State Legislature recently passed Assembly Bill 2077 (“AB 2077”). AB 2077, which was signed by Governor Brown, is designed to make it more difficult for charities that have not complied with their registration...more

American Taxpayer Relief Act Of 2012 Impact On Charitable Giving And Exempt Organizations

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the “Act”) was passed by the United States Congress on January 1, 2013 and signed into law by President Obama on January 2, 2013. The following provisions of the Act should be of...more

New York Attorney General Issues Proposed Regulations to Require Nonprofits to Publicly Disclose Their Political Expenditures and...

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has issued proposed regulations that would require many nonprofit organizations to annually disclose certain information about their political spending and their donors’...more

A.G. Schneiderman Announces New Electioneering Disclosure Requirements for Nonprofits

On December 12, 2012, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced new proposed disclosure rules for New York-registered nonprofits designed to bring more transparency to electioneering activities by tax-exempt,...more

Heightened Scrutiny on Non-profits by IRS

Certain non-profit organizations may be in jeopardy of losing their tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)4 of the tax code as the IRS takes a closer look at their activities. Well-known groups like Crossroads GPS, a...more

Legislature Approves State Budget; Final Version Does Not Contain Proposed Restrictions On Non-Profit Director and Officer...

On Thursday, June 28, the Massachusetts House and Senate each voted to approve a $32.5 billion state budget bill. We had previously reported on an amendment to the budget that would have prohibited the compensation of...more

Massachusetts Senate Adopts Budget Amendment Barring Compensation of Directors of Public Charities Without Approval from the...

The Massachusetts Senate voted this week to adopt an amendment to the budget to prohibit the compensation of directors, independent officers and trustees of public charities without approval from the attorney general of the...more

New York Legislature Rejects Proposal to Grant Health Commissioner Authority to Appoint Board Members and Operators of...

Earlier this year, Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed changes to the New York Public Health Law which would have given the Commissioner of the Department of Health the power to remove managers of hospitals, diagnostic and...more

United States Takes First Step in Liberalizing Sanctions on Burma

On April 17, 2012, the Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) released new General License 14-C, which authorizes financial transactions under specified circumstances in support of humanitarian,...more

Washington State Passes Legislation Authorizing Social Purpose Corporations: Bill to Permit Corporations to Seek Social,...

Washington Governor Christine Gregoire signed into law SHB 2239, a bill amending the Washington Business Corporation Act (“WBCA”) to authorize the use of social purpose corporations, effective June 7, 2012. Washington follows...more

New Philadelphia Lobbying Law: Implications for Nonprofit Organizations

Philadelphia’s new lobbying law took effect on January 3, 2012. Incorporated into the Philadelphia Code as Chapter 20-1200, the law’s reach is not limited to professional lobbyists and lobbying firms. In fact,...more

A Guide to Political and Lobbying Activities - Updated: February 2012

A SUMMARY OF MAJOR CHANGES TO A GUIDE TO POLITICAL AND LOBBYING ACTIVITIES Our latest edition significantly updates the Guide to Political and Lobbying Activities to include a new Chapter V highlighting the limits...more

Reliving the 200-year Saga of Benjamin Franklin’s Massachusetts Trust

Next year, 2013, marks the 20th anniversary of the judicial/political resolution of the final controversy over the administration and disposition of a certain Massachusetts-sited trust established under the will of Benjamin...more

Treasury Releases Long-Overdue Report on Supporting Organizations and Donor Advised Funds

Along with making significant changes to the rules for supporting organizations (“SOs”) and donor advised funds (“DAFs”) in the Pension Protection Act of 2006 (the “PPA”), Congress directed that Treasury conduct a study on...more

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