April 29, 2014 - 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET

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

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Washington, DC 20004

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

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With another election year upon us, it is time to think about how your nonprofit organization can maximize its efforts to affect the political process. But, with the IRS considering new rules, and states imposing new disclosure requirements—sometimes retroactively—nonprofits need to understand how to play by the rules, even as they are changing.‎

We will discuss how the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in McCutcheon v. FEC affects the campaign finance rules. Learn how your major donors or government affairs staff now have more money to give at the federal level and in several states. We also will discuss what this decision may mean for the future of campaign finance laws. In particular, the Court endorsed the idea of disclosure, and we will discuss how the states have been leaders in forcing nonprofits engaged in politics to disclose their donors.

We will explain the rules that apply to 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(6) tax-exempt organizations and how those rules are changing. We also will discuss different ways to be involved in the 2014 elections. We will cover how you operate a political action committee, including raising money and where you can spend it, as well what the organization can do in addition to having a PAC, such as conducting fundraisers for candidates, and funding advocacy communications.‎

In addition, we will discuss what 501(c)(3) organizations can and cannot do, and how, with the IRS’s proposed rules for 501(c)(4)s, a 501(c)(3) entity may actually be able to engage in more types of election-related activity without running afoul of the ban on political campaign intervention. We also will address some specific activities that 501(c)(3)s may conduct—and how they can do so lawfully—such as candidate debates, voter guides, and voter registration.‎ Finally, we will cover how successful enterprises can combine a 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) and/or 501(c)(6) organization, a PAC, and even a super PAC.

Ronald M. Jacobs, Esq., Partner, Venable LLP
Lawrence H. Norton, Esq., Partner, Venable LLP

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. EDT – Networking Luncheon
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EDT – Program/Webinar