Professor Lloyd Hitoshi Mayer offers roadmap for regulating nonprofits' political activity

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Beginning in the 1990s and increasingly today, nonprofits are delving into politics. At the same time, political divisions are sharpening and candidates, parties and supporters scramble for any edge to achieve the win. Consequently, many nonprofits violate the vague and seldom enforced legal rules around political activity.

Commentators have long discussed the problem and recommended piecemeal solutions, with little result.

“When Soft Law Meets Hard Politics: Taming the Wild West of Nonprofit Political Involvement,” forthcoming in the Journal of Legislation by Notre Dame Law Professor Lloyd Hitoshi Mayer, offers a comprehensive roadmap toward achieving appropriate and realistic rules for political activity by nonprofits.