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501(c)(3) and Lobbying - The Basics

501(c)(3) and Lobbying - The Basics

The basic tenet is 501(c)(3) organizations have a strict prohibition against lobbying activities. The premise of 501(c)(3) organizations is they must serve a public purpose and social activities must be "insubstantial". However, there are two sets of rules that apply to lobbying by 501(c)(3) organizations; based on whether they have chosen to file Form 5768 with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

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