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Religious organizations are usually prohibited from participating in political campaigns. But some activities are allowed — the key is knowing which.


Lobbying and Politics for 501(c)(3) Religious Organizations

  • Timothy Warren
  • 2/23/2016

Determining how (or if) your tax-exempt religious organization can be involved in a political campaign is not just something that’s good to know. Your very existence as an exempt organization could be at stake. Our complimentary March 1 webinar will help church administrators, pastors, clergy members, controllers, finance managers, treasurers, and others answer this important election year question.

Titled Lobbying and Politics for Churches: The Rules Aren’t Red and Blue, the webinar featured two presenters leading an in-depth discussion on current tax regulations and how other organizations are navigating the gray areas. A comprehensive case study was used to examine the lobbying and political activities conducted at some churches.

Lobbying and Politics for Churches

Webinar recording

Ins and Outs of Minister Tax Issues

Webinar recording

At the end of the webinar, participants were able to:

  • Identify what activities constitute lobbying
  • Identify what constitutes political activity
  • Discuss how the lobbying and political activity rules apply to churches and similar 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations

Part of an ongoing series of religious webinars

CliftonLarsonAllen kicked off its 2016 religious webinar series with a presentation on tax issues for ministers. A recording of that webinar and others in the series are available on our website.

CLA has experience working with more than 1,000 diverse religious organizations, including churches, denominations, diocese, religious orders, synagogues, retreat centers, and schools.

“We serve small, local congregations as well as $1 billion organizations, and these webinars are an effective way to share our insights,” explains Harold Parsons, nonprofit principal at CLA. “We learn a lot from the clients we serve.”

Invitations and registration details for our religious webinar offerings are distributed electronically. Visit our subscription page if you’d like to be added to the distribution list.

  • Timothy Warren
  • Principal