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austinphish
05-26-2007, 11:46 AM
This thread can be about getting a 527 started and general 527 info. This is something the RP campaign can't be involved with at the top level, they probably can't even mention the idea.

Technically all organizations (whether or not incorporated) that are organized and operated primarily for the purpose of directly or indirectly accepting contributions or making expenditures for influencing or attempting to influence the selection, nomination, election or appointment of an individual to a federal, state, or local public office or office in a political organization is a 527.

527 Group A tax-exempt group organized under section 527 of the Internal Revenue Code to raise money for political activities including voter mobilization efforts, issue advocacy and the like. Currently, the FEC only requires a 527 group to file regular disclosure reports if it is a political party or political action committee (PAC) that engages in either activities expressly advocating the election or defeat of a federal candidate, or in electioneering communications. Otherwise, it must file either with the government of the state in which it is located or the Internal Revenue Service. Many 527s run by special interest groups raise unlimited "soft money," which they use for voter mobilization and certain types of issue advocacy, but not for efforts that expressly advocate the election or defeat of a federal candidate or amount to electioneering communications.

That teaches us 2 important things:

1. Really all PACs are 527s. The diference is most PACs that we will be forming are going to directly support RP.

2. A 527 that doesn't directly advocate RP doesn't have as strict monetary limits as other PACs but they can't directly support a candidate. See - Moveon.org and Swift Vote Veterans for Truth.

I think there are many options for a theme that could be developed that pushes RP's views w/o directly saying "vote RP" and which therefore could be turned into an umlimited softmoney "527". There are actually a lot of groups in place that strongly support RP's libertarian issues, but are a single interest groups which fit this bill perfectly. Such as the Medical Marijuana community - this is their big chance to get their issue in the mainstream and have a realistic shot at a president who is sympathetic to their cause. Antiwar.com, people against the War on Drugs, smokers rights, those against the Federal Reserve etc.


see for more info:
http://www.brook.edu/gs/cf/headlines/527_intro.htm

Bryan
05-26-2007, 04:09 PM
Great job on getting this rolling. One idea for a theme could be sometime to the effect of "Americans for Liberty" or the like.

I did a quick check and couldn't verify but I presume a 527 needs by-laws and a board?

Bradley in DC
05-26-2007, 04:17 PM
Everyone who hits the maximum campaign contribution limit could then start to fund the 527!

ashevillejerry
11-20-2007, 03:38 AM
I am a long time libertarian activist paralegal and putting a 527 together. The charter is drafted (could be revised as needed), key advisors and endorsers are already in place, and more will join. The big thing needed is a respectable treasurer before we take in a dime.

Let's get this finalized and publicized, bring in the donations, buy ads, and win an election. Check out http://www.Liberty527.org.

Yours in Liberty,

Jerry