Trump Files With FEC For 2020 Election Bid, Outmaneuvers Nonprofit Organizations

A document from the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) indicates that Donald Trump took steps last week to outmaneuver nonprofit organizations, leaving them unable to officially campaign against him over the next few years of his Presidency.

Filed on January 20th, 2017, the letter states that, while not an official announcement for reelection, Donald Trump has filed an FEC Form 2 in order to “ensure compliance with the Federal Election Campaign Act.” This is an unprecedented, although legal, move for the President to make. Barack Obama did not file for his 2012 re-election bid until April 2011. Having filed (even if not formally announcing a bid) as a candidate, Trump would be able to coordinate with PACs and other similar organizations.

More importantly, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations would no longer be able to engage in “political speech” which could theoretically affect the results of the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election without running the risk of losing their nonprofit status. The move effectively bars interest groups from creating nonprofits which they could funnel money into for the purposes of opposing Trump’s initiatives. This will likely create chaos for political opponents of Trump such as George Soros, who has sunk significant amounts of money into various nonprofit groups with the intent of opposing Trump’s government. How 501(c)(3) organizations will comply with the FEC’s regulations when participating an actions which qualify as political speech remains to be seen.

The move is consistent with Trump’s campaign promises to reduce the financial influence of private special interest groups on Washington.

27 thoughts on “Trump Files With FEC For 2020 Election Bid, Outmaneuvers Nonprofit Organizations”

  1. And to think, there are people who say he doesn’t know what he’s doing.

    Why hasn’t every president in history done this? Brilliant.

  2. For years I have followed President Trump as a true admirer of his kindness and ability to see far ahead of the crowd. I attended a rally, I supported his campaign financially and I voted for him to be our future leader. He is brilliant in business; afraid of no one and so concerned for us that he gave up his whole life to save our country from The Demonic Democrats and their friends, ISIS.
    He jumped in to make the changes promised during his campaign, before Obama could even get off the White House toilet! Once again in less than two weeks….TRUMP trumps the non-profits four years ahead of schedule. ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!
    For you snowflakes out there: he is not going to allow you to turn our country into another seething viper pit that is Europe! Don’t like him….maybe you can hitch a ride on the Hollywood Train to Canada!

    1. God YES!! Those horrible whiners are the product of Obama Administration and Hillary. It would really be most fruitful, if they would find the courage to [stand up and be counted]. so that our nation can start to move “forward” successfully. Don’t U think???

  3. The truth is this wasn’t any maneuver. He was forced to make this filing since he has received money since the election that exceeded the $5,000 mark which requires him to file with the FEC as a candidate. This filing doesn’t actually mean he is running as a candidate in 2020.

  4. 501c3 non profits receive tax-deductible contributions and have never been allowed to engage in political speech, only nonpartisan things like issue advocacy or voter registration drives. Perhaps you’re thinking of a 501c4, and should look it up to educate yourself.

    1. It was about the first five words of the First Amendment… Congress shall make no law. Applies to speech and press protections among others. Congress can change IRS non profit qualification nonsense at anytime… organizations can abandon their IRS preferential treatment at any time if they want to campaign. Lots of resolutions that have nothing to do with the Constitution.

  5. So, my observation concerning the HUUGE contradiction between Trump’s action to suppress political speech by non-profit organizations and support for the Citizens United decision that opened the floodgates for corporate money in politics has vanished.

    OK, I get it. No free speech here.

    1. Trump didn’t make the law, he’s following the law. Smart people use the laws as written to their advantage.
      But thanks for playing.

    2. People either individually or collectively do not lose their First Amendment speech and press protections when speaking or performing press functions within a for profit corporation using corporate resources.

    1. By all appearances of the elected majorities at the Federal and State level Republicans should want Mr. Soros to keep doing what he has been doing…