How can nonprofit and public agencies receiving federal grants (including CAAs and Head Start programs) operate and advocate effectively within the lobbying and political activity rules that apply to them? This section will help you navigate these cumbersome rules and regulations as they relate to your organization.
- CAPLAW Audio Conference: Lobbying Legally & Effectively, Part of the Back to Basics for CAAs Series
Involvement in public policy issues is a must for organizations working to improve the lives of low-income people. This audio conference examines the rules that apply to lobbying by CAAs, Head Start programs, and 501(c)(3) organizations and find out how to advocate effectively within those rules.
- CAPLAW Lobbying and Political Activity Articles
View a library of CAPLAW articles on lobbying and political activity related topics.
Other Lobbying and Political Activity Resources
- Congressional Research Service Report
Read the report on political activities by private recipients of federal grants and contracts Includes a thorough and helpful explanation of the many laws impacting private grantees and contractors, including specific discussion of the Community Services Block Grant and Head Start.
- How Does the Hatch Act Affect Me?
The Office of Special Counsel, the federal agency responsible for enforcing the Hatch Act, has created this website to explain the application of the Hatch Act to state and local employees or employees of nonprofits deemed to be state or local employees by statute (such as CSBG and Head Start).
- The Nonprofit Lobbying Guide
Written by Bob Smucker and published by Independent Sector - the guide provides practical information for nonprofits on how to lobby and on complying with lobbying rules that apply to 501(c)(3) organizations.