WASHINGTON — The federal government today clamped new restrictions on its annual $130-million charity drive among its employees that critics say will deny any benefits to thousands of groups.
In regulations published by the Office of Personnel Management, the government said proceeds from the annual Combined Federal Campaign can go only to traditional types of charities which serve health and welfare needs and "help lessen the burdens on government."
Barred from participating will be groups that spend more than 15% of their budget on lobbying or lawsuits, a criterion that will affect public advocacy groups and legal defense funds. However, groups can seek exceptions based on special circumstances.
Federal employees, civilian and military, will continue to designate what group receives their contribution, the government said. But they must choose from a list of approved charities.