Smucker left IS in 1988 to help start CLPI. "He thought this was really important so he left IS to start CLPI," said Larry Ottinger, the last president of CLPI before its programming and materials were folded into the National Council of Nonprofits in 2012.
Tom Troyer, a partner at Caplin & Drysdale until he retired in 2008 and general counsel in the earlier days of IS, helped establish CLPI. He remembered Smucker as a good worker and extremely reliable.
was folded into the National Council of Nonprofits (NCN), its impact and Smucker's voice are still making a difference across the nation through its network of training fellows.
A joint study by CLPI, OMB Watch and Tufts University indicated that some of the barriers to nonprofits lobbying is confusion about what is and isn't allowed, as well as a lack of expertise and capacity to add lobbying to their work.
"Certainly, there are perceived barriers for nonprofits not lobbying," said Perry Wasserman, managing director of 501c Strategies, a division of The Vivero Group, which represents CLPI and other nonprofits on The Hill.The rules are so complicated, that's another barrier to civic participation and advocacy for lobbyists, he said, adding that the key is to follow the law.
A 501 (c)(3) nonprofit that plans to do any consistent public policy work should make a 501(h) election, according to Elizabeth Heagy, president of the Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest (CLPI
) in Washington, D.C.
Charity Lobbying in the Public Interest, the Washington, D.C.-based organization that promotes, supports and protects 501(c)(3) nonprofit advocacy and lobbying, has changed its name to Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest (CLPI