The Connection - Alliance for Justice

The 5th Edition of The Connection is now available.

For over a quarter century, The Connection has provided critical guidance to nonprofit advocates seeking to maximize their impact by creating and operating 501(c)(3)s, 501(c)(4)s, and political organizations. The latest edition builds on previous versions. Not only does it explain how affiliated organizations can safely share office space and staff, how to form a 501(c)(4), and how and when different types of tax-exempt entities can coordinate and work together, but it also offers additional insight on recent developments to the law including:

  • New FEC disclaimer requirements for “internet public communications”
  • Social media for affiliated 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) organizations
  • A recent FEC ruling impacting the use of disclaimers for text messaging
  • Requirements for Super PACs and hybrid PACs (also known as Carey Committees)

The Connection doesn’t stop there. You’ll also find real-life examples, reporting tips, and sample agreements to make your work easier. While The Connection does not provide legal advice, we hope that it will quickly become your go-to resource to build power during election season and beyond.

UPDATE: On March 20, 2024, the FEC issued an advisory opinion pertaining to the treatment of certain door-to-door canvassing activities conducted in coordination with federal candidates and political parties. For a detailed analysis of this opinion, which enables some organizations (like unions and social welfare organizations) to build political power via coordinated canvassing activities without limit and without the need to treat such activity as an in-kind contribution, see this client memo distributed by the law firm of Trister, Ross, Schadler & Gold, PLLC.