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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

New Non-profit Donor Disclosure Takes Effect July 1, 2014 for California Elections

On May 14, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 27 (S.B. 27), increasing the disclosure requirements that non-profit "multipurpose" organizations are subject to when engaging in California elections. This legislative...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly’s Short Session began Wednesday, May 14, 2014. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be distributed weekly to keep you up to date on the latest legislative issues facing the...more

Rules Tax-Exempt Health Care Organizations Need to Know

It’s that time again – another election year. And if your organization is exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Code (“Exempt Organization” or “EO”), the EO cannot participate in, or intervene in, any political campaign on...more

Political Law Briefing - May 2014

In this issue: - In Case You Missed It: Venable’s Presentation on Election-Year Advocacy and Nonprofit Organizations - Virginia Enacts Statutory Gift Restrictions - The "Ministry of Truth" Goes to...more

Election-Year Advocacy:? Maintaining Your Nonprofit's Clear Message in Cloudy Legal Seas

In this presentation: - Pieces of the Puzzle - The Tools of the Trade – Raising money for the PAC – Hosting fundraisers – Public communications – Member communications – Voter...more

Perspectives - April, 2014

In This Issue: - Making Our Downtown Better Every Day - It's Good To "B" In Deleware - The Wonderful World of Limited Liability Companies - Ohio Bill to Allow Schools and Camps to Procure Epinephrine...more

Election-Year Activities for Your Nonprofit: Avoiding the Legal Pitfalls and Understanding the Evolving Landscape

In this presentation: - McCutcheon Case - 501(c)(3) versus 501(c)(4) or (6) - Ideas for your 501(c)(3) -501(c)(4) activities –Permissible uses –Federal disclosure –State...more

Proposed Tax Code Overhaul Introduced with the Tax Reform Act of 2014

On February 26, 2014, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp released draft (the "Discussion Draft”) that would substantially reform the current U.S. Tax Code (the “Code”). The Discussion Draft contains numerous...more

Will Camp Tax Plan Impact Charitable Giving and Tax-exempt Organizations?

In late February 2014, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) released a nearly 1,000 page discussion draft addressing tax reform. Chairman Camp’s proposal includes changes to numerous sections of the...more

How a Reluctance to Deport Pop Stars Strengthens US Immigration Policy  [Video]

Mar. 13, 2014 -- Lenni Benson, professor at New York Law School and Director of the Safe Passage Project, talks about the general reluctance within the American immigration system to deport sports and entertainment...more

Alabama Legislative Update - Week 8: Steady Movement in Both Houses as Session Moves Towards Close

There are eight legislative days remaining in the 2014 Session. Everyone in Montgomery who is involved in the annual legislative process, or who watches it, is talking about the unusual "spirit" in both Chambers this year....more

Political Law Briefing - March 2014

In this issue: - The Return of Party Soft Money? - The FEC Increases the Lobbyist Bundling Threshold and Coordinated Party Expenditure Limits - Upcoming Events - Excerpt from The Return of Party...more

Key House Committee Chairman Releases Long-Awaited Tax Reform Overhaul: Major Changes Proposed for Nonprofits

On February 26, 2014, U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp released "The Tax Reform Act of 2014," a 979-page sweeping federal tax reform package that, among many other things, addresses a...more

IRS Proposes New Definition of “Political Activity” for Social Welfare Organizations

The initial comment period for the proposed regulations is drawing to a close on February 27, 2014. On November 29, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued a Notice of...more

Camp Seeks to Block IRS Regulations Limiting Political Activities of 501(c)(4) Organizations

On January 14, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) introduced legislation that would prohibit, for a period of one year, Internal Revenue Service guidance related to social welfare organizations...more

Proposal Seeks To Make California The Artificer And Enforcer Of Caps On Executive Compensation

Earlier this month, Secretary of State Debra Bowen announced that the proponents of an initiative measure could begin collecting petition signatures for their measure. If this measure makes it on to the ballot and is...more

IRS Issues Proposed Regulations Regarding Section 501(c)(4) Organizations

In This Issue: - Proposed Regulations - Comments Solicited - What You Should Do Now - For More Information - Excerpt from Proposed Regulations: The proposed regulations are designed to reduce...more

A Setback for Mandated Political Spending Disclosure

One of the hottest SEC rulemaking topics over the past two years—disclosure of corporate political spending—quietly took a significant hit a few weeks ago when the SEC removed it from its rulemaking agenda. The clamor for...more

Will "Get Out the Vote" Drives and Non-Profit Voter Guides Be Treated as Regulated Political Activity?

In late November, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking related to the regulation of political activity by social welfare organizations, commonly known as...more

Taxes and Politics Collide in New IRS Guidelines for 501(c)(4) Organizations: IRS Proposes to Restrict Political Activities of...

On November 29, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued proposed rules, “Guidance for Tax-Exempt Social Welfare Organizations on Candidate-Related Political Activities” (78 Fed. Reg. 71535-71542 (Nov. 29, 2013)),...more

Proposed Rules May Curtail Political Activities by Nonprofit Organizations

Summary - Last week, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) published a proposed rule concerning the political activities of nonprofit organizations. The proposed rule may make it significantly more difficult for...more

IRS Changes the Game?

On Wednesday November 26, 2013, the US Department of Treasury and Internal Revenue Service issued proposed guidance, subject to a comment period, that would limit the scope of permissible political activities of 501(c)(4)...more

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