Congress also imposed significant disclosure burdens enforced by stiff penalties on section 527 organizations
, thus mandating a cost to being described as a political organization.
This system is not only unwieldy to access, but also fails to account for political contributions made to 501(c)(4) and 527 organizations
and to third parties such as trade associations, for which no contribution limits exist and no company disclosure is legally required.
They may not set up Section 527 organizations
, which include political action committees (PACs).
No matter whether the money moves through candidates, PACs, parties, Section 527 organizations
, or lobbying groups, Political MoneyLinecounts it.
as well as some insight into allowable political activities for other tax-exempt organizations.
10) Soon after the Court's decision in McConnell, the FEC resurrected its Furgatch-like definition of "express advocacy" in the context of numerous enforcement actions against 501(c)(4) organizations and so-called 527 organizations
that had been active in the 2004 presidential election but that refused to comply with federal "political committee" requirements and restrictions.
by 527 organizations
and can uncover both donations and expenditures.
Section 527 organizations
have long existed under federal law, but recently became a popular place for individuals, corporations, unions and other groups to donate large sums for a wide range of electioneering activity.
Many commentators think that public financing of elections, across-the-board elimination of cash spigots like the 527 organizations
, and other reforms would help, but the results are hardly guaranteed.
In fact, those volunteer efforts were substantial enough to cause the Kerry-Edwards campaign and Democratic-oriented 527 organizations
such as Moveon.
Despite assertions that soft money spending, or unregulated contributions to Section 527 organizations
, is going unchecked, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) voted against new spending limits at this time, tabling the issue for at least three months.
Both sides of this debate agree that the primary target of these new rules is actually 527 organizations
like the liberal MoveOn.