For Immediate Release
Election Law Journal Highlights Political Activities of Nonprofit Organizations after Citizens United Decision
Contact: Vicki Cohn
New Rochelle, NY, January 26, 2012—The U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United case lifted many of the legal restrictions on the political activities of nonprofit organizations funded by corporations. This has created a new environment in which corporate and union funded nonprofit groups may exert greater influence on politics, a topic explored in detail in a special issue of Election Law Journal: Rules, Politics, and Policy, a peer-reviewed publication of Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. The issue is available free online.
The articles in this special issue of the Journal explain how the changing legal picture will affect the political activities of nonprofit groups and, specifically, the intricate tax provisions that regulate those activities. The combination of the potential consequences of political activity and the relative anonymity of financial contributors to nonprofit groups “is a formula for growth in nonprofit political endeavors,” says Lloyd Hitoshi Mayer, Professor, Notre Dame Law School, IN, in his overview of the special issue, “Introduction to Shadows and Light: Nonprofits and Politics in a Post-Citizens United World.”
Featured topics include aspects of election law that regulate the political activities of nonprofits, how the tax laws regulate those activities and affect their disclosure, whether the Citizens United decision undermines the tax law restrictions on charitable tax-exempt nonprofit groups, and what regulations should apply to nonprofits as their political activities increase.
“Citizens United altered the legal landscape by giving constitutional protection to corporate and union campaign spending, much of which now flows through nonprofits,” says Daniel Tokaji, Co-Editor of Election Law Journal and Robert M. Duncan/Jones Day Designated Professor of Law at The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law. “To determine what rules apply to these nonprofits, election lawyers now have to understand tax law. This issue gives them a map with which to navigate the post-Citizens United world.”
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