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PUBLIC LAW 98-107—OCT. 1, 1983 97 STAT. 739 representing an eligible client in litigation in which the interpreta- tion of this title or a regulation promulgated under this title is an issue, and shall not participate on behalf of any client other than itself: Provided further, That none of the funds appropriated in this Act shall be available to any recipient to be used— (A) to pay for any personal service, advertisement, telegram, telephone communication, letter, printed or written matter, or other device, intended or designed to influence any decision by a Federal, State, or local agency, except where legal assistance is provided by an employee of a recipient to an eligible client on a particular application, claim, or case, which directly involves the client's legal rights and responsibilities, or (B) to influence any Member of Congress or any other Federal, State, or local elected official to favor or oppose any Acts, bills, resolutions, or similar legislation, or any referen- dum, initiative, constitutional amendment, or any similar pro- cedure of the Congress, any State legislature, any local council, or any similar governing body, except that this subsection shall not preclude such funds from being used in connection with communications made in response to any Federal, State, or local official, upon the formal request of such official: Provided further, That none of the funds appropriated in this Act for the Legal Services Corporation shall be used to bring a class action suit against the Federal government or any State or local government unless (1) the project director of a recipient has expressly approved the filing of such an action in accordance with policies established by the governing body of such recipi- ent; (2) the class relief which is the subject of such an action is sought for the primary benefit of individuals who are eligible for legal assistance; and (3) that prior to filing such an action, the recipient project director has determined that the govern- ment entity is not likely to change the policy or practice in question, that the policy or practice will continue to adversely affect eligible clients, that the recipient has given notice of its intention to seek class relief and that responsible efforts to resolve without litigation the adverse effects of the policy or practice have not been successful or would be adverse to the interest of the clients: Provided further, That none of the funds appropriated in this Act for the Legal Services Corporation shall be expended for any purpose prohibited or limited by or contrary to section 11 of H.R. 3480, as passed the House of Representatives on June 18, 1981: Provided further. That not- withstanding any regulation, guideline, or rule of the Corpora- tion, the funds appropriated in this Act for the Legal Services Corporation shall be used by the Corporation in making grants or entering into contracts under section 1006(a)(1) and (3) so as to insure that funding for each such current grantee and con- tractor is maintained in 1984 at the annualized level at which each such grantee and contractor was funded in 1983, or in the same proportion which total appropriations to the Corporation in fiscal year 1984 bear to the total appropriations to the Corporation in fiscal year 1983, until action is taken by direc- tors of the Corporation who have been confirmed in accordance Prohibited funding to influence Federal, State, local agencies, Members of Congress or elected officials. Class action suit. 42 USC 2996e.