Myths about Lobbying, Political Activity, and Tax-Exempt Status - Are You Limiting Opportunities to Advance Your Nonprofit Mission?

Venable LLP

Many 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6) organizations shy away from lobbying and election-related activities out of concern for their tax status. But by failing to employ lobbying and political tactics, nonprofit organizations and associations may be neglecting activities that may contribute to the success of their mission. This article explores and debunks some of the most common misconceptions in this area; the first section relates to 501(c)(3) organizations, and the second section relates to 501(c)(6) organizations.

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