The Delaware Riverkeeper, which says it does no grass-roots lobbying, is engaged in exactly that, opposing making critical infrastructure vandalism a crime.
The Delaware Povertykeeper a/k/a Riverkeeper, the last time it filed a 990 return, told the IRS it does zero grass roots lobbying, not one whit of it. Earlier this week, though, they engaged in precisely what the IRS defines as grass roots lobbying, broadcasting an appeal to their supporters to oppose a bill in the Pennsylvania legislature that would define and penalize critical infrastructure vandalism.
I’d say that means the Povertykeeper is not only potentially violating tax-exemption rules by doing grass-roots lobbying it swears it doesn’t do, but is also, by default, lobbying for the unrestricted right of her band of fractivists to engage in critical infrastructure vandalism. That’s only my personal opinion, of course, but you be the judge of the facts.
Grass roots lobbying refers to attempts to influence legislation by attempting to affect the opinion of the public with respect to the legislation and encouraging the audience to take action with respect to the legislation.