Norman A. Sugarman Memorial Lecture in Nonprofit Law | Weatherhead School at Case Western Reserve University

Norman A. Sugarman Memorial Lecture in Nonprofit Law

Political Activities of Exempt Organizations: Do's and Don'ts During an Election Cycle

Presented by Ellen P. April, Professor of Law and John E. Anderson Chair in Tax Law, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles

Every time we turn around these days, it seems, we are hearing about PACs, Super PACs, and the role of section 501(c)(4) organizations in the current presidential campaign.  Section 501(c)(4) organizations have attracted particular attention.  Many commentators have charged that politically active 501(c)(4) organizations are violating their requirements for tax exemption.  Others have been advocating a change to the law to require  public disclosure of donors to politically active 501 (c ) (4) organizations.  Professor Aprill will evaluate the current controversy.  After describing the rules that now govern the political activities of section 527 organizations and section 501(c)(4) organizations as well as other section 501(c) organizations, she  will describe the activities of some specific organizations, to the extent public information is available, and evaluate proposed changes to the law.


Reception to follow lecture.

Free and open to the public but space is limited. Please RSVP to


Thursday, April 19, 2012 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
School of Law
11075 East Blvd., Room 157
Cleveland, OH
United States
Speaker(s): Professor Ellen P. Aprill
Sponsored by: Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations and the School of Law


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