Stand Up and Be Heard in an Election Year

Stand Up and Be Heard in an Election Year

Election Law Update July 16, 2018 By: Jeff Altman and Jim Kahl

Nonprofit organizations are often overly cautious in speaking out about their causes and interacting with candidates in election years for fear of violating a complex set of laws and rules. You can and should participate in the election-year conversation. Here’s how.

When elections are on the horizon, nonprofit organizations often wonder, “What can we do this election year to further our government affairs and public policy agenda without getting in trouble?” Their concern is understandable: associations and other nonprofit organizations must comply with complex and sometimes contradictory tax, campaign finance, lobbying, and government ethics laws and rules. ...