Given what you said about how bad 527s
are, why would you do that?
Can the 527s
repeat their 2004 efforts--but to a more positive effect?
political organizations (527s
) are named after the
declared the Federal Election Commission "corrupt" for allowing the 527s
to buy (legally) radio and TV ads.
support candidates with something much, much better than money: TV ads.
Toner and Thomas were attempting to sway their fellow commissioners with a plan that would require 527s
to abide by a minimum hard money (meaning contributions that are subject to FEC regulations) percentage of 50 percent when paying for certain public communication and voter drives that promote a particular political party or candidate.
On the one side are those reformers, led by Democracy 21 president Fred Wertheimer, who think the 527s
are in violation of McCain-Feingold and want the FEC to reign them in.
Contributions to 527s
, as opposed to 501(c)3s, are not tax deductible on account of their partisan nature.
The record is overpowering that 501(c)s are at least as much of a problem as 527s
," Smith said.
But what the fate of 527s
should be is no easy question.
Van Gosse, organizing director of a 527
called Peace Action, whose Peace Voter Fund was involved in eight congressional races in 2000, says that 527s
are a major tool for activists.
Despite Bush's sweeping condemnation of 527s
, when his campaign filed a lawsuit in early, September demanding action by the Federal Election Commission (FEC), it focused on anti-Bush groups such as MoveOn.