A Community of Exceptional Nurses
Chapters may not participate in or contribute to political campaigns on behalf of
or in opposition to any candidate for public office. Chapters may not lobby on behalf
of chapters or National AACN.
As private citizens, chapter members have the right to make their voices heard in
government. However, AACN, as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit association, must comply
with restrictions placed on lobbying and on political activities. These IRS restrictions
limit the Association to an insubstantial amount of lobbying.
Although a not-for-profit association may participate legally in lobbying activities,
the law prohibits a not-for-profit association from supporting or opposing any candidate
for elective office. AACN may not participate in any political campaign on behalf
of any candidate for elective office. This includes publishing or distributing statements
or campaign literature, contributing to a campaign or political action committee,
or sponsoring fund-raising events. Violation of this prohibition can cause the loss
of an association's tax-exempt status.
*If you or your chapter is contemplating endorsing, supporting or opposing specific
legislative issues on behalf of AACN please contact Dana Woods at 800-393-5995,
ext. 516, for information and guidance.
*AACN chapters and members are advised to participate in political campaign activity
on their own time and as individuals without any suggestion that they are participating
as a representative of, or on behalf of AACN or an AACN Chapter.
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