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Like a Modern Day Poll Tax

by Nora Stephens

New evidence adds credence to claims that voter ID laws are tantamount to a poll tax.

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Challenging Voter Suppression 

by Melissa Mikesell

How your nonprofit can push back against voter ID laws and other voter suppression tactics. 

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News from the FEC and IRS

Last week, the FEC issued long-awaited guidance on disclosure rules. Also last week, in a hearing on Capitol Hill, the IRS said it granted the 501(c)(4) status of 50 groups. And in a recent letter to the Campaign Legal Center, IRS Director of Exempt Organizations, Lois Lerner, indicated that the agency may consider a potential rule change related to the definition of “primary purpose.”

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Happy Contraception Day, Good News for Tribal Advocates, and More

Summary of recent stories about nonprofits, foundations, and advocacy.

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Funders Corner

Dave Beckwith Reflects

The outgoing director of the Needmor Fund talks about Atlantic Philanthropies, trends in grantmaking, and how community organizing differs from advocacy.

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New Resources

"Preparing for the Possibility of a Politically Motivated Attack"

Do you do cutting-edge work that puts you at risk of being attacked? Guard yourself by following these tips in our newest factsheets for nonprofits and funders.            

Question of the Week

A 501(c)(3) organization writes a report discussing voter suppression efforts  in the state. May it share the report with candidates running in the state?

The 501(c)(3) may do so only if it previously or simultaneously publicly disseminates the information -- such as in a press release or by posting on its website -- or it sends the plan to all candidates in a particular race or all political parties in the jurisdiction. 

501(c)(3) organizations can produce such a report to further its election protection work. This includes protecting the exercise of the right to vote, protecting fair and lawful rules and procedures for individuals seeking to register and vote, and ensuring sufficient and fairly distributed governmental information and voting systems. Click here for more information.

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