What is advocacy?
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Although most people use “advocacy” and “lobbying” interchangeably, there are key differences. When nonprofits such as SCCT “advocate,” the goal is to positively affect some aspect of society: in SCCT’s case, commenting to Federal or state agencies (or private insurance payers) about their current (or proposed) rules, laws, or policies.   

“Lobbying” refers specifically to advocacy efforts that attempt to influence federal or state legislation.  

SCCT can do both as an important part of our mission, BUT as an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, SCCT cannot expend its resources beyond an annual threshold (generally between 5% and 10%) on advocacy and lobbying.

Also of vital importance, as a 501(c)(3), SCCT cannot, has not, and never will support or oppose any candidate for public office.

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