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Uploaded on Jun 3, 2019
Scientists in the United States are increasingly participating in various forms of activism and political engagement, especially around issues affecting science. Scientists – even those who work for federal agencies – are entitled to engage in this kind of advocacy. However, they need to be aware of the restrictions placed on these activities by anti-lobbying laws, which are designed to prevent misuse of federal funds by limiting how federal employees can influence Congress or government officials on specific issues. In this webinar, attorneys from the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund will discuss what falls under the definition of “lobbying” and how federally-employed scientists can be politically active without violating anti-lobbying laws; we’ll also provide examples of restricted and permissible activities.
Presented by Lauren Kurtz from the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund.