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.

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Author: William Craddick

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27 Comments on "Trump Files With FEC For 2020 Election Bid, Outmaneuvers Nonprofit Organizations"

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Richard L Bunce

Always good to see government regulation nonsense turned against the government (or big government proponents.)


He’s certainly clever. Now if only he’d have George Soros put on a plane to Russia!

Richard L Bunce

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…

Par Excellence

I’m loving 2017 to the max, especially since 12 noon Eastern time on January 20th!

James D

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.

Richard L Bunce

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.

Ralph Gizzip

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.