Lobbying and Political Activities

The LSC statutes and regulations prohibit or restrict many forms of lobbying and political activities by LSC grantees and grantee staff and board members.  The major restrictions are summarized in the LSC Restrictions and Other Funding Sources table.  This page provides guidance regarding those restrictions and permissible activities involving government actors.  Please direct any questions to Mark Freedman in the Office of Legal Affairs at: mfreedman@lsc.gov or Treefa Aziz in the Office of Government Relations and Public Affairs at azizt@lsc.gov

Guidance

Social Media, Lobbying, and Political Activities

Educating Legislators About Legal Aid Without Prohibited Lobbying

  • Educating Legislators About Legal Aid by Carol Bergman, Vice President, Government Relations and Public Affairs, LSC (MIE Journal, Spring 2017)
    This article discusses permissible activities for LSC grantees to educated legislators about their work.  It includes examples and experiences written by Vicy Selkowe, Director of Legislative, Rulemaking, and Training Compliance at Legal Action of Wisconsin and by Colleen Cotter, Executive Director of the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland.

Lobbying Generally

Webinars

Educating Members of Congress About Civil Legal Aid Without Lobbying (March 8, 2017)

Discussing Your Program and Clients without Lobbying (April 12, 2017) 

    • Educating members of Congress without lobbying.
    • Other lobbying and political activities to avoid.
    • Activities by staff on their personal time.
    • Board member activities.