E-Advocacy for Nonprofits: The Law of Lobbying and Election-Related Activity on the Net

Is your nonprofit organization ready to leap into cyberspace advocacy? How do the laws of nonprofit advocacy apply in cyberspace? Answers to these questions and more can be found in the most recent guide published by the Alliance for Justice, a D.C.-based association of environmental, civil rights, mental health, women's, and consumer advocacy organizations. This timely publication, the seventh in the series, includes basic information on Internet tools for advocates, information on federal laws governing lobbying, and a useful Q&A section on specific Internet lobbying and advocacy activities.

Although not intended as a comprehensive discussion of the basic laws governing nonprofit advocacy, E-Advocacy for Nonprofits does represent the most current research and thinking on how nonprofits can use the Internet for lobbying and electoral advocacy while staying within the law. Using the existing laws for print communications as an analogy, the authors formulate a basic approach that integrates Internet tools. And because, as the authors openly acknowledge, the laws in this area are still in flux, updates can be found at the Alliance's Web site: http://www.afj.org.

Thanks to their combined experience, Kingsley, Harmon, Pomeranz and Guianne are able, in just 69 pages, to cut through the often intimidating legalese surrounding these issues and provide a thought-provoking introduction to advocacy and lobbying in cyberspace.

If advocacy is an important part of your organization's mission, you'll definitely want to add E-Advocacy for Nonprofits to your library.

For citations to additional material on this topic, search the Literature of the Nonprofit Sector Online, using the subject headings "Lobbying," "Nonprofit organizations-advocacy," or "Nonprofit organizations — political activity."