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B. Holly Schadler
Holly Schadler

Holly Schadler concentrates her practice on representing tax-exempt organizations, including private foundations, public charities, 501(c)(4) organizations and PACs, in connection with tax, federal and state campaign finance, governmental ethics, lobbying and corporate matters.   Her clients include many of the nation’s largest advocacy groups.  She defends clients facing audits, examinations and complaints by the Internal Revenue Service, the Federal Election Commission and other government bodies.  Ms. Schadler successfully litigated the Sierra Club’s landmark case through the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit regarding treatment of royalty income from mailing lists and affinity credit cards.

While some groups seek her counsel after finding themselves the target of an investigation, many organizations rely on Ms. Schadler’s day-to-day advice as their outside general counsel.  Her prior experience working for several nonprofit organizations as a political director and lobbyist has proven particularly useful in representing organizations in every aspect of their work.  For complex organizations with affiliated 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) and political organizations, she provides the guidance and training necessary for legal compliance.   Her legal guide, The Connection, (published by the Alliance for Justice), now in its third edition, addresses the complexities of managing networks of tax-exempt and political groups.

Ms. Schadler speaks frequently on nonprofit issues, and has written numerous articles on tax-exempt organization topics. 


      • George Washington University, J.D. with honors, 1987
      • Vassar College, B.A. with honors, 1977
      • University of Chicago, 1975-1976


      Bar admission:

      • District of Columbia

      Professional Activities:


      • Adjunct Professor, American University, Washington College of Law, The Law of Advocacy and Elections.


      Prior professional experience:

      • Sierra Club, Associate Political Director
      • Connecticut Preservation Action, Executive Director



      • The Effect of Citizens United on Tax and Campaign Laws Governing Tax-Exempt Organizations, 65 Exempt Org. Tax Rev. 229 (March 2010) (with Laurence E. Gold)
      • Legal Consultant, State Law Resources website, Alliance for Justice
      • The Connection: Strategies for Creating and Operating 501(c)(3)s, 501(c)(4)s and Political Organizations, Alliance for Justice, Third Edition, 2012
      • Non-Profit Organizations, Public Policy and the Political Process: A Guide to the Internal Revenue Code and Federal Election Campaign Act, The Tides Center
      • No Free Lunch? The House and Senate Gift Rules and Nonprofit Organizations, Exempt Organizations Tax Review
      • Investing in Change: A Funders Guide to Supporting Advocacy, Alliance for Justice
      • Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002: How Will It Affect Nonprofits?, 36 Exempt Org. Tax Rev. 171 (2002) (with Michael B. Trister)
      • Royalties as Compensation for Services: Structuring Licensing Agreements Under the Sierra Club Case, Association Law & Policy          






      • ALIABA Tax-Exempt Charitable Organizations Conference, “Overview of the Year” (2008)
      • ALIABA Tax-Exempt Charitable Organizations Conference, “Charities and the Political Election” (2004)
      • Alliance for Justice Annual District of Columbia Bar Conference, “Strategies for Affiliated Organizations"
      • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants National Not-for-Profit Industry Conference, “Unrelated Business Income and Sponsorships: Minimizing the IRS Tax Bite” (2003)
      • Alliance for Justice Conference on Representing Nonprofit Associations, “Federal Election Restrictions on Election-Related Activity by Corporations”





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