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advocacy

[ad′vəkas′ē]
1 a process whereby a nurse or other health care professional provides a patient with the information to make certain decisions, usually related to some aspect of the patient's health care.
2 a method by which patients, their families, attorneys, health professionals, and citizen groups can work together to develop programs that ensure the availability of high-quality health care for a community.
3 pleading a cause on behalf of another, such as a nurse pleading for better care of a patient or for the patient's desires to be honored.

Advocacy

(1) The process of actively supporting the cause of, speaking or writing in favour of, or defending or interceding on behalf of a person (case advocacy) or group (class advocacy). Advocacy may include providing information and tools for self-empowerment in patients’ health and social care, and helping them obtain needed services.
(2) Action to assure the best possible services for or intervention in the service system on behalf of an individual or group.

advocacy

(ad′vŏ-kă-sē) [Fr. fr. L. advocare, to call to aid]
In health care, pleading or representation for a desired goal or interest group (e.g., patients, staff, providers, or biomedical researchers).
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5) Any activity that is truly issue advocacy would not be counted as campaign intervention when determining whether a group has violated the primary purpose test.
FEC IS THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN express advocacy and issue advocacy.
The Article also makes an important distinction between "grassroots" issue advocacy and professional lobbying.
At first, only independent groups engaged in issue advocacy (issue
Sham issue advocacy is issue advocacy that is but a thinly disguised attack on, or promotion of, a candidate or political party.
In a February letter to the site, William Roberts of the correspondents committee explained that "publications operated, funded or affiliated with tax-free special interest or issue advocacy groups do not qualify for accreditation.
Issue advocacy A second Buckley inconsistency is the distinction between issue advocacy and express advocacy.
With uncharacteristic speed, (12) Congress responded to the controversy by amending the Internal Revenue Code to require [section] 527 organizations that engage in issue advocacy (13) and spend above a threshold amount to report their contributions and spending in order to maintain their tax-exempt status.
The last two chapters outline the most common loopholes in the Federal Election Campaign Act--soft money, issue advocacy, independent expenditures, and bundling--that have essentially eviscerated the contribution limits of the act and analyze three degrees of campaign finance reform: minimal, modest, and comprehensive.
While the funding of campaign speech was deemed subject to regulation, the First Amendment was held to disable government from all efforts to regulate the funding of issue advocacy.
He also favors giving national and state parties large blocks of free TV airtime to boost their candidates, and would keep issue advocacy ads by corporations and unions off the air during election seasons.
Based on this distinction, the Supreme Court has historically upheld issue advocacy to be fully protected political speech under the First Amendment.