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ASAE COVID-19 Advocacy Update: April 27

Federal support of 501(c)(6) organizations appears to be growing

Late last week, President Donald Trump signed a $484 interim funding bill to increase the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and provide resources to hospitals and testing programs, among other provisions. Once more, 501(c)(6) associations were not included in this legislation. It is important to note, however, that legislators explicitly stated this interim bill would include more money for the PPP but not expansion of eligibility. 

As the interim bill was negotiated, Congressional staff were already drafting aspects of the next, large-scale relief measure, commonly referred to as “CARES 2.0” or “COVID-4.” Drafting will continue over the next several weeks, and the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) is optimistic 501(c)(6) associations will gain access to vital relief measures. To that end, several high-profile legislators are now on the record in support of 501(c)(6) associations:

While the next relief bill is weeks away, there are still plenty of opportunities to get involved and stay updated:

ASAE and its aligned organizations, like OSAE, have asked a lot of you and you have answered with inspiring support and commitment. But there is still a long way to go; so, please keep it up. As always, thank you for all the good you do.  For more information, visit ASAE’s Coronavirus Advocacy and Resources page. For questions or to sign up for Inroads, ASAE’s weekly policy newsletter, email

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