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Postby Rosario » Tue Mar 14, 2017 3:22 pm

I'm a member of a stay-at-home mothers organization.  We are primarily a listserv, allowing moms to ask/answer questions about parenting, local activities, give recommendations for plumbers/babysitters/family-friendly businesses etc.  We have issues in our area that would be of value for our membership to be aware of(the proposed closing of a Public Schools planetarium, for instance), yet we've been informed by leadership that "the federal government's [(IRS')] regulations regarding social clubs truly prevents us from engaging in anything that could be construed as political" and that doing so would jeopardize our 501(c)(7) status.  I believe that to be applicable to 501(c)(3) organizations, but NOT to a 501(c)(7).  Correct?  If I am correct, what sort of "lobbying" or political activities are, indeed acceptable vs. what is not?
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Postby Osborn » Wed Mar 15, 2017 2:50 am

See http://bit.ly/1cI2DC

for regulations for all types of nonprofit organizations as to

political activity. Specifically, see pdf page 23

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The third category consists of the organizations that appear to be treated in the

same manner as IRC §§ 501(c)(4),(c)(5), and(c)(6) organizations.  It appears that

they are not limited by the tax laws with respect to their ability to participate in

lobbying and political campaign activity so long as such activity is consistent with

the organization’s tax-exempt purpose.  These organizations are:


IRC § 501(c)(7) social and recreational clubs;

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Harvey Mechanic, Attorney at Law - [email protected]
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