Pocket Guide to Advocating for Science in a Politicized Environment | Climate Science Legal Defense Fund

Many scientists in the United States participate in various forms of activism and political engagement, especially around issues affecting science. And scientists—even those who work for federal agencies or state-funded institutions—are entitled to engage in this kind of advocacy.

However, well-meaning scientists have been accused of violating anti-lobbying laws when they’ve met with a Congressperson or even written an op-ed or public letter without the proper safeguards. While many forms of advocacy are perfectly fine to engage in, there are a few areas that deserve additional caution; this guide will help scientists understand and navigate U.S. anti-lobbying laws.

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This brochure concerns U.S. laws only and does not constitute specific legal advice. If you have legal questions regarding a particular circumstance, please call your lawyer or contact us directly by emailing info@csldf.org or using our web form.

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