Lobbying and Political Activities for Section 501(c)(3) Organizations

Event Description

Deadline to Register is Friday, January 23, 2015 if you are attending remotely.

In person attendance can register in advance or at the door.  Don't forget your bag lunch!

The scope of lobbying activities that may be undertaken by a public charity is commonly misunderstood by organizations, their boards, and advisors.  The potentially draconian penalty that may arise from exceeding lobbying limitations (loss of exemption) causes many to think that charities should not engage in any lobbying.  The perceived absence of bright-line guidance from the IRS in this arena simply adds fuel to the argument that charities should avoid this activity.  However, lobbying is a legitimate activity and often a powerful tool to help organizations serve their charitable constituencies.

Emily Robertson will provide an overview of the tax law rules governing Section 501(c)(3) organizations in their lobbying and political activities, including a discussion of the implications of common election year activities.

This is the first presentation of 2015 for the Business Law Section’s Nonprofit Corporations Committee brown bag lunch series.  We will meet at the MSBA offices at noon on January 27th (bring your own lunch).  Water and soft drinks will be provided.


Emily Robertson, Robertson Law Office LLC

CLE Credits:

1.0 Standard CLE Credit Applied | Event code: 200281     


MSBA Member but not a member of the Business Law Section:  $10.00
Non-MSBA Members:  $15.00
Law Students: Free
New Admittees (Attorneys Admitted to the Minnesota Bar after January 1, 2014):  Free

Join the Business Law Section:  MSBA members who are not members of the Business Law Section can join the section & attend this CLE for free. Click here to add the section to your membership and then contact Sue Bores  to register for this meeting at no charge.  

Remote Participation: 

Remote attendance is available.  Please indicate that you will attend remotely when registering.  The instructions will be sent by e-mail on Monday, January 26.

Business Law Section members should register online http://msba.mnbar.org/Meetings/Meeting?ID=630.  Non section members can use this link to register and pay by credit card. 

To register and pay by check, please mail in this registration form.

Need to cancel? Please see our cancellation policy.

Questions? Contact Sue Bores | 612-278-6325

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Honors Room / Minnesota State Bar Association Minneapolis, MN United States