A modest proposal for nonprofit lobbying

Here’s an intriguing method of gaining lobbying clout for the nonprofit community: let corporations carry our message.  The K Street crew may not be welcome in the new Administration but there’s no fear they’ll run out of work on Capitol Hill or in state capitals.

Are corporations actually more likely to have success in securing favorable legislation on social issues than the charities most concerned with those issues?  At the very least, they’re freed of the [often overstated] fear that “We’ll lose our tax exemption;” and at the very least, lobbying help is something nonprofits can ask of their corporate friends without costing the corporation much extra money–a useful posture in these tough times!


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