NAACP, with New President, to Switch to 501c4 to Become More Political

AP:

Johnson has been the face of the NAACP since then as the organization has refocused its work on supporting its local chapters and tried to retool in the face of rising organizations like Black Lives Matter.

Currently as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the NAACP can only engage in insubstantial lobbying efforts. So it will reorganize as a 501(c)(4) nonprofit, similar to its local affiliates, which will allow it to conduct unlimited lobbying and promotion of political candidates and issues.

The change will happen “so we can have the collective voice and impact that a civil rights organization in 2017 and forward should have,” said Johnson, former president of the Mississippi State Conference of the NAACP.

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