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Weekly Lessons, created and written by Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA, give you a basic legal overview of essential topics based on staff or volunteer positions within a church.

This Week's LessonWeek of July 12

Political Lobbying

Introduction

Our lesson this week examines the topic of political lobbying. The Executive Summary provides a concise review of the key points. Before we get started, test your knowledge by completing the following quiz.

A few times each year, members of a church circulate petitions among church members following worship services. The petitions enable members to express their support of or opposition to bills pending before Congress or the state legislature. The petitions do not identify the church, and the church itself takes no official position on any of the issues addressed. Do such activities jeopardize the church's tax-exempt status?

Weekly Quiz

Instructions Click on the correct answer for each of the following questions.

Executive Summary

Many churches engage in occasional efforts to influence legislation. Common examples are petitions sent to legislators opposing gambling, or abortion. ...

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