Are Charity Regulator Investigations of 9/11 Charities Illegal?

The Chronicle of Philanthropy covers the Associated Press report that New York and Arizona are investigating 9/11 charities that may have failed to “keep promises to create memorials or contribute to 9/11 causes.”

AP reports that “New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office said state lawyers are conducting their own ‘broad review’ of 9/11 charities […]

First Circuit Reminds Nonprofits That Citizens United Did Not Free Them

Nonprofits believing the Citizens United case freed them to engage in expressly advocating election or defeat of candidates need to be careful.

The First U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld both Maine and Rhode Island statutes requiring nonprofit organizations to register as political action committees when engaging in express advocacy about electing or defeating candidates.

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'Hmmm,' back to a FOCR (friend of charity regulators)

A reader and defender of charity regulators writes, “I [meaning, he] and others have proposed ideas like your online posting process for many years. When and how did NASCO ‘oppose’ it?”

The opposition from NASCO first came in private correspondence after I asked them to support it, and also asked that NASCO make disclosures about […]