The Institute’s level of activity in the political arena
NIEMS must abide by the rules that govern a non-profit organization. As such, representitives of NIEMS will not participate on behalf of any, or in opposition to any, candidate currently in public office or running for public office. In addition the Institute will not engage in activities related to labor or union issues. However, individuals or groups representing NIEMS may participate from time to time in legislative lobbying as long as it does not become a substantial part of the Institute’s activities as a whole. The government affairs staff at NIEMS has the task of implementing our Public Policy Agenda. It is their responsibility to:
Limitations on political involvement
Political Campaign Intervention: Representatives of NIEMS will not intervene in any political campaign on behalf of any, or in opposition to any, candidate for public office. A "candidate for public office" is one who offers himself or herself, or is proposed by others, as a contestant for any elective public office, whether the office is national, state, or local. Intervention includes, but is not limited to, the publication of written or printed statements or the making of oral statements. Certain voter education activities do not constitute campaign intervention, but the scope of this exception is severely limited. In general, anything that reflects a bias in the information provided is prohibited.
Employees, students, and volunteers representing the Institute will not participate in any electioneering. Electioneering includes endorsing, supporting, or opposing a candidate on behalf of NIEMS; contributing to campaign funds on behalf of NIEMS; soliciting campaign funds on behalf of NIEMS; or listing NIEMS on campaign literature. Employees and students are prohibited from endorsing, supporting or opposing issues on behalf of the Institute unless they have been asked to do so by the NIEMS department of Advocacy and Public Policy. Employees and student representatives are also prohibited from contributing to political action committees. Employees and students of NIEMS who wish to participate in political campaign activities are advised to it on their own time and as individuals without any suggestion that they are participating as a representative of, or on behalf of NIEMS.