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(cond't) official capacity of making public statements before such groups or organizations
in an official capacity provided the purpose of the meeting of statement is not to organize
or stimulate individuals to contact the Congress.
Special Interest Groups and Private Organizations: The restrictions of lobbying do not
prohibit personal membership in organizations such as veterans groups, the Reserve
Officer's Association, the Chief Warrant Officer's Association, the Chief Petty Officer's
Association, the Navy and other similar social, public service, fraternal and professional
Examples of permitted activities:
Releasing or furnishing to organizations and groups materials or information which
is otherwise available to the public. The material may not suggest that the recipient
contact Congress in support of particular legislative positions.
Addressing and participating in meetings of organizations or groups, including the
making of statements, provided the purpose of the meetings or statements is not for
the purpose of inducing others to contact to the Congress.
Making suggestions, responding to or raising particular inquiries, or discussing the
merits of various legislative strategies and related matters with organizations and
groups so long as an attempt is not made to induce any individual to contact the
Examples of activities to avoid:
Requesting that a group or organization ask its membership to contact Congress;
Providing copies of Government materials or producing materials at Government
expense to be distributed by such organizations to induce the public to attempt to
Requesting an organization to prepare or distribute materials that suggest the
recipients contact the Congress; or