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A July 19, 2010 article in The Patriot-News addressed the amount of lobbying the IRS allows a nonprofit to perform, whether directly with policymakers or indirectly by asking supporters to write or call, without losing its nonprofit status. According to Political Law partner Ron Jacobs, the line between lobbying and education can be gray.

Jacobs commented on nonprofits that maintain separate boards and funding for their educational and lobbying work, saying that while that type of separation is not required by law, many 501(c)3 groups do that to avoid the risk of losing their tax-exempt status.