The American Heart Association has hired government relations firm Uncorked Advocates to tackle taxation issues on Capitol Hill.


UA has specifically been retained by the national health non-profit to pitch S. 1257, also known as the “Legacy IRA Act.” Introduced in April by Sens. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), that bill would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to expand tax-free charitable distributions from retirement accounts, allowing taxpayers ages 65 or over to donate up to $400,000 a year in IRA distributions to charitable purposes, thereby boosting the incentive for charitable giving among seniors.

The account will be managed by principal Sally Schaeffer, who was formerly legislative director and chief of staff to Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY).

Uncorked Advocates was founded in 2017. Other clients include the YWCA, Futures Without Violence, Pediatric Complex Care Association,and National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health.