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Nonprofit Organizations Committee: Conference Call on October 17

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The Nonprofit Organizations Committee is excited to announce its presentation of:

California Campaign Finance Rules for Multipurpose Organizations
October 17, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Please join the Nonprofit Organizations Committee for a program on the topic of “California Campaign Finance Rules for Multipurpose Organizations.”  Our presenter is Emily A. Andrews of Olson, Hagel & Fishburn.   Under the California Political Reform Act, a “multipurpose organization” is a nonprofit organization that operates for purposes other than supporting or opposing California state or local ballot measures or candidates.   Multipurpose organizations are required to register and report as “political committees” if they raise or spend money beyond certain safe harbor thresholds for either ballot measure advocacy, or to support or oppose candidates.   This presentation will review the FPPC rules that determine when 501(c) exempt organizations (including 501(c)(3) charities) and other nonprofit organizations must register and report as California political committees, and will provide information about the recordkeeping and reporting obligations that are triggered when nonprofits pass the applicable thresholds and become subject to California’s political committee reporting regime. 

Emily A. Andrews is a partner with Olson Hagel & Fishburn LLP, a law firm that specializes in election and political law.  Ms. Andrew’s practice includes advising nonprofit organizations, labor unions, candidates, individuals, businesses and others on compliance with state and federal campaign finance, election, lobbying disclosure, gift and other ethics-related laws. Ms. Andrews also has experience advising public officials on compliance with state and federal financial disclosure requirements, defending clients in enforcement actions with state and local ethics agencies, and providing compliance trainings to clients.   She is a member of the California Political Attorneys Association, and is a contributing author of the CEB publication Advising California Nonprofit Corporations, Third Edition.

This presentation will be accessible via conference call, which is free and open to the public.  The conference call can be accessed at the following dial-in number starting at 10:00 a.m.:

Dial-in: (855) 520-7605
Passcode: 7547908615#

The program may also be accessed via the following link to Zoom; to hear the conference call, please use the above dial-in number (not the Zoom audio).   The powerpoint presentation will be provided prior to the meeting.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 790 507 584
No password required

For more information about the Nonprofit Organizations Law Committee and its programs, please contact Barbara Rhomberg ( or Vice-Chair Louis E. Michelson (

*This program has been approved for MCLE credit by The State Bar of California for 1 hour of general MCLE credit.  California Community Foundation is a MCLE approved activity provider.  The California Lawyers Association is not the provider of this MCLE credit

For your reference, the following is the schedule of the upcoming meetings of the Committee:

  • November 21, 2019 – Conference Call – Donor Advised Funds One Year After Notice 2017-73, Reynolds Cafferata
  • December 19, 2019 – Conference Call
  • January 20, 2020 – Conference Call – Carol A. Bradford, Elizabeth Bluestein and Louis E. Michelson, Ethical Issues and Pitfalls for Non-Profit Boards and Their Advisors

This e-bulletin was written by Louis E. Michelson, Vice-Chair of the Nonprofit Organizations Committee.

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