Combating excessive regulation of nonprofits and fundraising by means of litigation.
The American Charities for Reasonable Fundraising Regulation is a 501(c)(3) public foundation sometimes informally known as the "Nonprofit Litigation Coalition." It is a coalition of nonprofit organizations, their national associations and their supporters.
Pinellas County, Florida
A second lawsuit was brought against Pinellas County on behalf of charities objecting to the intrusiveness and burden of the Pinellas County regulation as well as the lack of jurisdiction of Pinellas County to regulate Internet solicitations. This challenge was made under the First Amendment and the commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution. Our goal is to eliminate what we view as redundant regulation by local jurisdictions that can cripple any national efforts at direct response fundraising simply due to the number of such jurisdictions (estimated at in excess of 14,000).
The case is pending the federal court's rulings on cross motions for summary judgment which were briefed in July 2002. The federal court has already entered an injunction against Pinellas County prohibiting the County from enforcing the internet provisions of their ordinance.