Nonprofits and the Political Process


Wednesday, January 18, 2012


Virginia P. Sikes, Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads, LLP; Deborah J. Zateeny, Zateeny Loftus, L.L.P.


PBI CLE Conf Ctr
Wanamaker Bldg
Philadelphia, PA
United States



member $274 nonmember $294


noon-4:15 pm

CLE Credits:

4 hrs


On Wednesday, January 18, The Pennsylvania Bar Institute reviews Nonprofits and the Political Process. The seminar will be located at PBI’s CLE Conference center in the Wanamaker Building in Central Philadelphia. It begins at noon and ends at 4:15 p.m.

This seminar is perfect for practitioners working with nonprofits that are or should be involved in the political process. Practitioners who practice nonprofit law, serve on a nonprofit board, or work for or volunteer for a nonprofit organization will benefit from this course.

Topics include lobbying and advocacy -- can my nonprofit organization engage in lobbying? How is lobbying different from mission-related advocacy? Must a client’s organization register as a lobbyist under the lobbying disclosure statutes (federal and Pennsylvania) and the new Philadelphia ordinance?

The faculty will review political campaigns and discuss if a nonprofit organization can endorse a candidate for elective office, host a candidates’ debate, or engage in voter education; whether individual nonprofit board members and staff publicly support the election of candidates; and what registration and reporting obligations may apply to these activities.

This program will address these questions for 501(c)(3) charities, 501(c)(4) civic associations and social welfare associations, 501(c)(5) unions, 501(c)(6) trade associations, and 527 PACs. Federal, Pennsylvania, and Philadelphia registration and reporting obligations will also be presented

Among the speakers are Virginia Sikes, Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads, LLP; Deborah Zateeny, Zateeny Loftus, LLP; and Robert A. Johnson, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, PC.

For more information and to register for this seminar visit or all (800) 932-4637.