Lobbying Restrictions and Reporting Requirements for 501(c)(3) Organizations

501(c)(3) public charities can and should be advocates for change. Public charities can express support or opposition to laws and ballot issues, they can contact lawmakers, and they can mobilize others to do the same. While 501(c)(3) public charities are often in the best position to advocate on behalf of those they serve, it is important to understand what “lobbying” is and the related limitations and rules. Below is a brief overview of lobbying restrictions and reporting requirements. If your organization is planning any lobbying activities, you should discuss the details of your plans with an attorney to make a determination based on your particular circumstances.

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