Politics are impacting libraries more than ever, and our library organization is considering hiring a lobbyist to represent our interests in Albany. We know that as a non-profit we can't engage in "political activity", but can we hire a lobbyist? And if we can, what do we need to be thinking about, legally?
This answer applies to an association library, a cooperative library system, or regional library council (e.g. the Western New York Library Resources Council or the Northern New York Library Network).
It can also apply to a chartered museum or historical society.