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Wilcox Authors Article for Michigan Business Law Journal

Outlines Permissible and Prohibited Political Activities for Tax Exempt Organizations

October 1, 2012

Mary Catherine Wilcox, an associate in Dykema’s Government Policy & Practice group, authored an article that appears in the current issue of the Michigan Business Law Journal. Titled, “How Nonprofits Can Engage in Political Activity During This Election Cycle,” the article calls attention to the complex regulatory schemes that govern nonprofit organizations and maps out which activities are, and are not, allowed under guidelines developed by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and the Michigan Campaign Finance Act (MCFA).

In the article, Wilcox describes the various types of nonprofit organizations (and the particular political activities each is permitted to perform), and discusses why nonprofits have turned increasingly to Super PACs, independent-expenditure only committees, to manage their political activity contributions and spending. To read this article in its entirety, click here