In addition to the federal rules that impact advocacy, many states have rules and regulations on certain political and legislative activities that you need to be aware of.

If your organization operates at a state or local level—exclusively, or in addition to federal work–it may be subject to these rules. Bolder Advocacy provides state law resources on campaign finance and ballot measures, lobbying disclosure and voter registration. We want to ensure that 501(c) organizations (including 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), 501(c)(5), and 501(c)(6), among others) can be as active as possible while complying with both federal and state laws governing their lobbying and election activities.

Please note that the laws around these activities are subject to change, especially as states deal with the ramifications of the decision in the Citizens United case, which invalidated aspects of many states’ existing rules, especially around campaign finance issues. Each state resource is dated so you know when the document was last updated. We will continue to update documents as resources are available and will be working to add more states. We also strive to continuously improve these resources, and appreciate your feedback and questions. Please contact us if you have questions or comments about these resources.

» View our factsheet on State Lobbying Registration Thresholds to easily determine whether you will need to register and report your state-level lobbying

» Also see our California Advocacy Resources

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What is lobbying in Austin, Texas?

Are you required to register as a lobbyist and report your lobbying activities?…

The City of Austin Ethics Review Commission requires individuals and organizations who lobby in Austin to register with the city and file activity reports if they meet certain requirements.…

What is lobbying in San Antonio, Texas?

The San Antonio Ethics Review Board requires individuals and organizations who lobby in San Antonio to register with the city and file activity reports if they meet certain requirements.…

Lobbying in Corpus Christi, Texas

If you or your nonprofit works to impact public policy in the City of Corpus Christi, you may be required to register as a lobbyist. The general rule is that a person (including corporations or associations) is engaged in lobbying if he or she communicates with a city official directly or indirectly, in writing or orally (including electronic communications), in an effort to persuade that official to favor or oppose, recommend or not recommend, vote for or against, or take or refrain from taking action on a municipal question. …

Delaware Lobbying Disclosure

Guide on Delaware lobbying law, including registration and reporting requirements, and lobbying restrictions.…

Tennessee Lobbying Disclosure

Guide on Tennessee lobbying law, including registration and reporting requirements, and lobbying restrictions.…

Tennessee Voter Registration

Guide on Tennessee voter registration law, including deadlines, photo ID requirements, and voter registration drives.…

Lobbying in El Paso, Texas

If you or your nonprofit organization works to impact public policy in the city of El Paso, you may be required to register as a lobbyist and report your lobbying activities to the City. …