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Considering Starting a 501(c)4? Case Studies

Deciding whether—or when—to establish a 501(c)(4) organization is never an easy decision. Questions about purpose, scope, funding, perception, timing, and legal compliance all come into play. Here we present case studies that describe how three different groups, with different structures, needs, and pressures, answered the questions for themselves.

Bolder Advocacy Weighs In: Parks Foundation

Parks Foundation v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue raises significant yet rarely addressed issues regarding the application of the Internal Revenue Code’s lobbying rules to private foundations and charitable organizations.

Alliance for Justice and Council on Foundations File Amicus Brief

On January 31, 2017, Alliance for Justice and Council on Foundations filed a joint amicus brief in Parks Foundation v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The case raises significant yet rarely addressed issues regarding the application of the Internal Revenue Code’s lobbying rules to private foundations and charitable organizations. If the Tax Court’s decision were to stand, both private foundations and public charities would face great restrictions on their policy-influencing activities, particularly in the ballot measure context.

The President, Elections, and Tax Rules…Oh My!

On January 20th, the same day he took the oath of office, President Donald Trump filed paperwork with the FEC paving the way for a possible re-election run in 2020. Does this mean 501(c)(3)s cannot criticize his actions and protest since he is officially a “candidate”? NO.

Nikhil Pillai

Nikhil received his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and B.S. from the Ohio State University. Before joining AFJ, Nikhil was Associate Counsel at Working America, the community affiliate of the AFL CIO. In that role he was responsible for drafting and negotiating operational agreements, advising staff on prospective legal concerns, and ensuring compliance with campaign finance and lobbying laws. Prior to that, he was a law fellow at AARP.

Nikhil Pillai

Nikhil received his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and B.S. from the Ohio State University. Before joining AFJ, Nikhil was Associate Counsel at Working America, the community affiliate of the AFL CIO. In that role he was responsible for drafting and negotiating operational agreements, advising staff on prospective legal concerns, and ensuring compliance with campaign finance and lobbying laws. Prior to that, he was a law fellow at AARP.