Why was it important to create a 501(c)(4) organization?

The California Primary Care Association Board of Directors authorized the creation of a new affiliate, CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates, to take the community health center advocacy agenda to a new level. Since CPCA was founded, its advocacy efforts have continued to grow and at this point, CPCA is starting to outgrow the limits placed on it as a 501(c)(3) charity. As a 501(c)(4), Advocates can engage in an unlimited amount of direct and grassroots lobbying and start to engage political candidates and political events in a meaningful way. Using a 501(c)(4) corporate structure for advocacy purposes is very common for membership organizations and trade associations that have grown beyond their 501(c)(3) roots.