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Nonprofits and political activity? What are the rules?

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Nonprofits and political activity? What are the rules?

I have heard that there is a restriction from political involvement for 501(c)(3) organizations. What, if anything, does this mean?

A 501(c)(3) organization may not intervene in an election by supporting or opposing any candidate for public office. A public charity may engage in lobbying so long as it is not a substantial part of its activities. See the set of Ready Reference Pages on Lobbying and Electioneering for more details.

 

The so-called Johnson Amendment that prohibits charities, particularly churches, from participating in political activity may be repealed or restricted in an appropriation bill presently being considered by Congress in November, 2018.

Friday, March 20, 2009

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