Friday, December 14, 2007
Senators recently adopted new rules governing the extent to which Senators and staffers may accept paid travel and related expenses from 501(c)(3)'s and other private entities. Get a copy of the rules here: Download senate501c3rules.pdf . Among other requirements, Senators and staffers must certify that there is an "adequate connection" between the senate travelor's duties and the travel, the travel relates to the legislative or policy interest or the Senate (boy, that should be hard to prove!), and the trip's length and itinerary is consistent with the Senate's official purpose (another impossible burden!). 501(c)(3)'s can sponsor 3 day domestic and 7 day foreign travel even if they employ paid lobbyists or foreign agents. Thanks to Steven Sholk for passing this on to the Nonprofit BLOG.