Your Legislator Site Visit And The Law
Your visit should be comfortable for everyone and fairly low-key.
There are some things the law says you can't do. Here are some basics:
- You must take steps to ensure that you indicate no support or opposition to the candidate at the event.
- No political fundraising should occur at the event.
- 501(c)(3)s are allowed to try to persuade candidates to agree with them on issues and to take a public stand,
but that is as far as you may go. You may not ask the candidate to sign a pledge of support for your position on
those issues; such action would imply that you favor candidates who make the pledge.
- You may provide candidates with the same research materials
they distribute to educate the general public.
However, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) considers providing
valuable issue research to certain candidates
exclusively, and not to others, to be an illegal "in-kind
contribution" (and it's also a violation of IRS Section 501(c)(3)). So
if some candidates decline your invitation to visit, consider sending
packet including the information you provide to the candidates that
More lobbying guidelines are available on the web at www.clpi.org/faq.aspx.