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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