For years one of the givens in the nonprofit world has been the fact that the Johnson Amendment strictly prohibited partisan political activity by nonprofits. Engaging in partisan political activity could subject your nonprofit and its officers to penalty and even in certain circumstances result in loss of your tax-exempt status. However, it appears that the Trump administration may take acts to weaken the Johnson Amendment restrictions and to allow certain nonprofits to become actively involved in the political arena. The effect of these lessened restrictions is unclear.
Please join John Bradley as he puts these recent into events into perspective. He will examine the Johnson Amendment and the existing restrictions on political activity by nonprofits, focusing on what is presently permissible and what activity will put your tax-exempt status in jeopardy. This webinar will also look at what changes in the existing law(s) might mean for you and your nonprofit moving forward.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:
- History and background of the Johnson Amendment
- Effect of the Johnson Amendment on your nonprofit
- What political activity is permissible and what activity is non-permissible
- Penalties for improper nonprofit activities
- Is the Johnson Amendment obsolete?
- Effect of possible changes on your nonprofit
YOUR CONFERENCE LEADER
Your conference leader for "New Rules for Nonprofits Engaging in Political Activity: The Johnson Amendment, Trump’s Executive Order and What to Expect Moving Forward" is John Bradley. Mr. Bradley is an attorney in the West Columbia, South Carolina office of Moore Taylor Law Firm, P.A. John, in addition to his active law practice, has been involved with various nonprofit organizations for more than 25 years in a variety of capacities, and as a result has accumulated a wealth of experience relating to sound nonprofit management and operations. In addition he has practiced law for more than two decades. His practice involves numerous areas of law including appellate practice in state and federal courts, construction law, commercial liability, and products liability. His present practice primarily focuses on representing physicians, hospitals and medical care providers.
John has long been active in nonprofits at the local and state level. He is a current volunteer and past board member and president of the Friends of the Richland Library, a nationally recognized library system. He presently serves as a member of the Richland Friends Book Sale Committee, a group that raises money for the Friends through quarterly book sales, put on entirely through volunteer effort. As president of the Richland Library Friends he served as a member of the Richland Library Foundation Board. He has also been active with the Friends of South Carolina Libraries, an organization made up of library friends groups throughout the state of South Carolina. John is presently serving his third term as president of this organization. His duties and responsibilities as president include working and consulting with local Friends groups as well as with individuals interested in forming friends groups. He is familiar with legal issues that arise in both new and previously existing Friends groups. John earned his J.D. degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law.