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Nonprofit Lobbying and Political Activity Dos and Don'ts

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 10:30 am - 12:00 pm  ET
In-person | Atlanta, GA

As a 501(c)(3), there is a limit on the amount of lobbying your organization can do and an absolute prohibition on any political campaign activity. In addition, there are requirements for anyone who lobbies in Georgia. This presentation will answer the following questions:

• What is the difference between lobbying and political activity?
• What amount of lobbying is acceptable?
• How can your organization do advocacy work without getting into trouble with the IRS?
• What are the danger areas for 501(c)(3) organizations when it comes to political activity?
• What is a 501(h) election?
• Who is a lobbyist in Georgia, and what are the registration requirements for lobbyists?

Presented by Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta

Ashley S. Groome, Senior Vice President

Director, Georgia

Partner, McGuireWoods LLP

In addition to leading the McGuireWoods Consulting team in Georgia, Ashley is a Senior Vice President of state government relations and a Partner with McGuireWoods LLP.  She specializes in providing counsel and strategic advice to help clients meet their corporate and public affairs objectives. She has consistently been ranked as one of Georgia’s “Top Female Lobbyists” by James Magazine and was ranked as one of Georgia’s 60 most powerful behind-the-scene politicos in 2017 by zpolitics. 

Charles E. Hodges, II Partner, Jones Day

Chuck Hodges focuses his practice on civil and criminal federal tax controversies and litigation and on the taxation of intellectual property. He has been involved in more than 125 cases against the IRS and state revenue agencies involving all areas of tax law in the U.S. Tax Court; U.S. Court of Federal Claims; U.S. District Courts in Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, Mississippi, and Arizona; as well as Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Sixth, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits. Chuck has successfully recovered more than $1 million for clients from the IRS in reimbursement of attorneys' fees at the conclusion of clients' trial victory. As a tax litigator for almost 20 years, Chuck handles every stage of a tax controversy, including all administrative and judicial levels from examination (including the CAP program [Compliance Assurance Process]) through court proceedings, and all alternative dispute resolution options, including post-IRS Appeals mediation. 


Foundation Center-Atlanta
133 Peachtree St NE, Lobby Suite 350
Atlanta, GA 30303


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Space is limited. Register online with the form below or by calling (404) 880-0094. Registrants requiring ASL signers or other disability-related services are asked to contact the Foundation Center at least two weeks in advance.

Upon arrival, you will be required to present your ID to obtain a visitor pass. Valid forms of ID include a driver’s license, passport, military ID, or business card. Please plan to arrive early and stop at the Visitor Services desk in the main lobby to obtain a visitor pass.

Please arrive on time or your seat may be given away to others who are waiting to attend. If you need further information, please call (404) 880-0094.