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California Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act: What you need to know

After being the first state to legalize medical marijuana almost 20 years ago, California is implementing regulations across the industry. Commentators have focused on the effective and efficient processes called for in the...more

CRA Publishes Reminder on Charities’ Political Activities

Political activities have been a hot topic for the CRA’s Charities Directorate in the last few years. In the CRA’s 2015 Program Update, the Charities Directorate stated that its recent political activity audit included...more

New York advocacy groups and tax-exempts face additional disclosure obligations

Recent judicial and administrative decisions in New York State should put not-for-profit organizations, advocacy groups and similar entities on notice about their disclosure and transparency obligations in New York....more

Explaining Jon Stewart’s Monologue on Campaign Finance

After more than 16 years at the helm of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart hosted his final episode last night. The hour-long show devoted most of its running time to Stewart saying farewell to the correspondents and staffers who...more

More Evidence Gathered in Whistleblower Claim Against ALEC

New evidence from nonprofit advocacy organizations Common Cause and the Center for Media and Discovery bolsters claims that the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has been falsely portraying itself as a tax-exempt...more

Arizona Attorney General Opinion Embraces Taxpayer-Funded (Political) Advocacy: Potential Pitfalls for Businesses and Nonprofits

The Office of the Arizona Attorney General recently sparked debate by issuing an opinion advising two county attorneys that they may use public resources to disseminate messages about the dangers of marijuana use ahead of the...more

Philadelphia's Nonprofit Recertification Requirement Abolished

On April 7, 2015, Mayor Michael Nutter signed Bill No. 150144 into law, thereby repealing a 2013 Ordinance that had required Philadelphia’s nonprofit property owners to annually recertify that their properties continued to...more

The Enemy of My Enemy Is My Friend

We don’t normally think of American Hospital Association and the Federation of American Hospitals as friends. After all, the AHA represents nonprofits, while the FAH represents for-profits. ...more

NFL At Risk Of Losing Non-Profit Status?

A recent proposal by U.S. Congressman Jason Chaffetz, the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, would eliminate the tax-exemption under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(6) for professional sports...more

Reprieve Granted to Philadelphia Tax-Exempt Property Owners

In response to an overwhelming outcry from the Philadelphia nonprofit community, the Philadelphia Office of Property Assessment (OPA) has extended to June 1, 2015 the filing deadline for nonprofits to certify that they...more

News from Second and State

Gov. Wolf continued to make headlines this week, this time with his activities in and around the judiciary. On Wednesday, the governor and newly-appointed–then-promptly-removed Open Records Director Eric Arneson had their day...more

News from Second and State | January 2015

The 2015-2016 session is now in officially in full swing. With the pomp and circumstance of Governor Wolf’s swearing in behind them, legislators started to get down to the nitty-gritty this week. ...more

Citizens United and the Surge of Political Non-Profits

It has been five years since the U.S. Supreme Court decided Citizens United v. FEC. When the Supreme Court first decided the case, which allows individuals, corporations and special interest groups to spend unlimited...more

ELEC Lobbying Deadlines Approach

On Monday, February 16, 2015, businesses, non-profits and special interest groups that paid more than $2,500 in 2014 to make lobbying communications to New Jersey State government officials, directly or indirectly (i.e....more

National Association of Registered Agents and Brokers Reform Act of 2015 Signed Into Law

The National Association of Registered Agents and Brokers Reform Act of 2015 (NARAB Reform Act) amends the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and establishes the National Association of Registered Agents and Brokers (Association). ...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update

Over the past several days, the second open enrollment period through the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) health insurance exchanges began; Republican lawmakers, now with majorities in both the House and the Senate, explored...more

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

Alert: Major Changes in California's Regulation of Private Postsecondary Institutions

California recently enacted a new law that will significantly alter the regulation of many in-state and out-of-state postsecondary institutions. The new law will have an immediate impact on a number of issues, and it signals...more

Foreign Charities and the Changing Landscape of CRA Charity Audits

There has been a flurry of recent scrutiny and activity in the areas of foreign and domestic charities – few foreign charities remain on the list of qualified donees since the changes to the definition of “qualified donee” in...more

Stop the Presses!

A recent client alert warned of impending changes in the California non-profit hospital world because of a new bill giving the Attorney General’s office greater powers than ever before to approve, deny, or modify mergers...more

IRS and Department of Treasury Release 2014-2015 Priority Guidance Plan

On August 26, 2014, the IRS and the Department of the Treasury issued the 2014-2015 Priority Guidance Plan. The Priority Guidance Plan includes 18 exempt organization law projects and four projects relating to charitable...more

IRS Denies Exempt Status under Section 501(c)(4) For Too Much Political Activity

Earlier this year, while Washington was fixated on former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) employee Lois Lerner and her missing emails, her former employer quietly denied the application for exemption of an organization seeking...more

Politics and the Pulpit—Political Activity by Nevada Religious Institutions

Are you part of a church or religious organization in Nevada? If so, the subject of how ?far, or even whether the church can become involved in political activity may have crossed your ?mind. As we head into the Fall 2014...more

Watch Out Stealth Lobbyists

The oft discussed and long-anticipated unregistered federal lobbyist investigation may be occurring as we speak. The recently released 2014 first quarter report of the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) disclosed that one...more

Californians To Vote On Stripping Common Cause Of Its First Amendment Rights

I recently wrote about SB 1272 (Lieu) which calls a special election for this November 4 at which California voters will be able to cast an advisory vote on whether the U.S. Constitution should be amended to overturn the U.S....more

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