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2011 CFR Title 26 § 56.4911–2

Lobbying expenditures, direct lobbying communications, and grass roots lobbying communications.
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2011 CFR Title 26 § 56.4911–4

Exempt purpose expenditures for 501(c)3 organizations that have taken the 501(h) election for lobbying.
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§56.4911–3

Organizations/Sources: Internal Revenue Service
Regulations regarding the expenditures for direct and/or grass roots lobbying communications for 501(c)3 organizations that have taken the 501(h) election for lobbying.
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Alliance for Justice

Alliance for Justice is a national association of over 100 organizations dedicated to advancing justice and democracy. The Alliance for Justice has written and compiled multiple resources on the laws governing 501(c)(3) organizations and lobbying and election year activities.
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Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest

The Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest promotes, supports and protects 501(c)(3) nonprofit advocacy and lobbying in order to strengthen participation in our democratic society and advance the missions of charitable organizations. Their web page provides several guides and fact sheets on advocacy, lobbying, and election-related activities by 501(c)(3) organizations.
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Election Year Activities and the Prohibition on Political Campaign Intervention for Section 501(c)(3) Organizations

2006
Organizations/Sources: IRS
An IRS fact sheet that describes allowed and prohibited election year activities. It includes 21 examples of election year activities to help the reader understand the regulations.
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Election Year Issues

2002
Organizations/Sources: IRS
IRS publication that gives an in-depth review of the regulations governing 501(c)(3) organizations and election year activities, including an in-depth review of the history of the regulations.
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Fact Sheet: Lobby? You? Yes, Your Nonprofit Organization Can! It Should!

Organizations/Sources: Land Trust Alliance
Land Trust Alliance Standards & Practices Fact Sheet, 2004
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Influencing Public Policy in the Digital Age: The Law of Online Lobbying and Election-related Activities

2011
Organizations/Sources: Alliance for Justice
This guide aims to answer the questions nonprofit managers most frequently face regarding the Internet and social media in terms of lobbying and involvement in political campaigns.
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Keeping Track: A Guide to Recordkeeping for Advocacy Charities

Authors: John Pomeranz
Organizations/Sources: Alliance for Justice
This guide is designed to help the staff, officers, and board members of 501(c)(3) public charities that engage in lobbying understand how to prepare and maintain the records that are required to comply with federal tax law—the Internal Revenue Code (“the Code”)—by tracking their lobbying activities and reporting those activities to the IRS
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Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995

1995
The Lobbying and Disclosure Act of 1995 (2 U.S.C. 1601) was legislation aimed at bringing a level of accountability to federal lobbying practices in the United States.
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Lobbying Issues

1997
Organizations/Sources: Internal Revenue Service
A detailed look at the rules governing lobbying by tax exempt organizations, including the history of the regulations.
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Lobbying Rules and 501(c)3 Organizations

2012
Authors: Elana Richman
Organizations/Sources: Pennsylvania Land Trust Association
501(c)3 organizations can lobby to positively affect legislative outcomes but they must follow IRS regulations as well as state and federal regulations dealing with lobbyist registrations and reporting.
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Make A Difference For Your Cause

Strategies for nonprofit engagement in legislative activity - this guide is intended to inspire and motivate 501c3 nonprofits to include legislative advocacy as a part of their core activities.
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Nonprofit Advocacy Brochure

Organizations/Sources: Alliance for Justice
The Alliance for Justice is a national association of public interest organizations spanning a range of issues, including civil rights, social justice, and consumer and environmental protection.
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Participation in Legislative Lobbying & Ballot Measure Campaigns by Non-Profit Organizations

Organizations/Sources: Conservation Campaign
Fact sheet on appropriate levels of engagement and activities for nonprofits to participate in lobbying and ballot measure campaigns.
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Pennsbury Village Associates, LLC v. McIntyre

2011
Organizations/Sources: PA Supreme Court
On January 19, 2011, in an opinion issued in a case called Pennsbury Village Associates, LLC v. McIntyre, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court offered its first interpretation of the state law commonly known as the Environmental Immunity Act. The opinion was a disappointment for environmental advocates hoping for an interpretation of the Act that would safeguard and encourage public participation aimed at environmental protection.
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Planning a Site Visit with Your Legislator

2013
Authors: Elana Richman
Organizations/Sources: Pennsylvania Land Trust Association
A visit to a property conserved with a state grant may help a legislator better understand the impact of state conservation investments.
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Political Campaign Intervention by 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Organizations - Educating Exempt Organizations

2010
IRS web page compiling its educational materials on political campaign intervention, including a frequently asked questions section, news releases, guidance for churches, schools and foundations, and information on IRS’s monitoring of political campaign intervention activities.
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SLAPP Suits, the Environmental Immunity Act, and the Pennsbury Case

2011
Authors: Brian Glass
Organizations/Sources: Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future
This memorandum reviews the 1/19/2011 PA Supreme Court opinion in Pennsbury Village Associates, LLC v. McIntyre and suggests precautions that might be taken by citizens hoping for immunity from SLAPP suits under PA's Environmental Immunity Act.
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The Nonprofit Lobbying Guide

1999
Authors: Bob Smucker
Organizations/Sources: Independent Sector
This is a handbook for volunteers and staff of charitable organizations, especially new volunteers and staff, to help them take advantage of the liberal rules for lobbying by charities. It includes advice on how to effectively lobby and the rules nonprofits must follow when doing so.
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Trust for Public Land Website

Organizations/Sources: Trust for Public Land
The Trust for Public Land’s website is a solid source for national data and campaign strategies
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Worry-Free Lobbying For Nonprofits: How To Use The 501(h) Election To Maximize Effectiveness

2003
Organizations/Sources: Alliance for Justice
A Handbook for Funders and Grantees Published by the Alliance for Justice
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