Corporate Speech

Internet Advocacy

Many organizations have begun using the Internet for organizing and advocacy. The law governeing these activites has been slow in expanding to encompass thses new techniques for advocacy.

Access to the Internet is expanding and giving a voice to many who were previously excluded (either because they lacked the resources to participate or geographically dispersement) from the public policy debate.

Any organization that is legally permitted to lobby, may do so via the Internet. The rules for lobbying do not change fundamentally in cyberspace. Rules mostly affects non-profit organizations because often their primary purpose is to influence legislation. They also have very strict reporting requirements.

For more information, check out E-Advocacy for Nonprofits: The Law of Lobbying and Election Related Activity on the Net, a Publication by The Alliance for Justice.

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