Marcia A. Avner

Nonprofit advocates and lobbyists have been involved in nearly every major public policy accomplishment in the country—from civil rights to environmental protection to health care. These are not abstract issues. Tens of thousands of lives have been saved by passing laws that improve car safety and reduce drunk driving. Hunger and disease for millions of children have been reduced by passing laws that advance public health as well as food and nutrition programs…. In other words, nonprofit advocacy is an honorable tradition, a peon to our American heritage, the First Amendment, and free speech.

Gary Bass, OMB Watch (2009), “Advocacy in the Public Interest”

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