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FEC Backs Down On 501c 527 “Charities”

Gee, what a surprise. All those promises after the last election cycle were just hot air.

From the DNC’s Associated Press:

FEC will not change rules on 527 groups

The Federal Election Commission will not adopt new rules governing the independent political groups that played a major role in the 2004 presidential campaign, freeing them to raise and spend unlimited sums of money during this year’s midterm elections.

A federal judge had ordered the FEC to either write new rules or more fully explain its current policy for regulating 527 groups. The commission announced Wednesday that it will more fully explain the current policy, which is to deal with 527 groups on a case-by-case basis.

The groups, which are named after the section of the Internal Revenue Service code governing them, include America Coming Together and the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. ACT spent millions criticizing President Bush during the 2004 race, while the Swift Boat Veterans spent millions challenging the Vietnam War military record of his Democratic opponent, Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts.

Critics argue that the FEC’s decision not to write new rules for 527 organizations has effectively left them unregulated. They note that many complaints against the organizations have been pending before the FEC for more than a year.

The FEC has countered that it would be unwise to issue a broad rule governing diverse groups.

U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan ruled in March that, "Judging from FECs track record in the 2004 election, case-by-case adjudication appears to have been a total failure."

However, Sullivan declined to order new rules. The election commission announced that it will not appeal Sullivan’s ruling.

It is hilarious to see the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth mentioned in the same breath as America Coming Together and the other Soros/DNC operations.

From Open Secrets:

527 Committee Activity

Top 50 Federally Focused Organizations

527 groups are tax-exempt organizations that engage in political activities, often through unlimited soft money contributions. Most 527s on this list are advocacy groups trying to influence federal elections through voter mobilization efforts and so-called issue ads that tout or criticize a candidate’s record. 527s must report their contributors and expenditures to the IRS, unless they already file identical information at the state or local level. The figures below are taken from 527 group filings with the IRS.

Election cycle:    View by:

Committee

Total Receipts

Expenditures

America Coming Together

$79,795,487

$78,040,480

Joint Victory Campaign 2004*

$71,811,666

$72,588,053

Media Fund

$59,414,183

$57,694,580

Service Employees International Union

$48,426,867

$47,730,761

Progress for America

$44,929,178

$35,631,378

American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees

$25,537,010

$26,170,411

Swift Vets & POWs for Truth

$17,008,090

$22,565,360

MoveOn.org

$12,956,215

$21,565,803

College Republican National Cmte

$12,780,126

$17,260,655

New Democrat Network

$12,726,158

$12,524,063

Citizens for a Strong Senate

$10,853,730

$10,228,515

Club for Growth

$10,645,976

$13,074,256

Sierra Club

$8,727,127

$6,261,811

EMILY’s List

$7,739,946

$8,100,752

Voices for Working Families

$7,466,056

$7,202,695

AFL-CIO

$6,585,072

$6,541,896

League of Conservation Voters

$6,049,500

$5,078,116

Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

$5,457,928

$8,182,245

Democratic Victory 2004

$3,696,869

$2,346,179

Laborers Union

$3,455,921

$3,294,785

America Votes

$3,174,936

$2,769,752

November Fund

$3,151,170

$3,124,718

Partnership for America’s Families

$3,071,211

$2,936,666

National Assn of Realtors

$2,979,522

$3,002,977

Grassroots Democrats

$2,819,483

$2,592,499

Stronger America Now

$2,790,817

$2,690,989

Democrats 2000

$2,547,677

$1,083,595

Coalition to Defend the American Dream

$1,925,890

$1,610,224

Communications Workers of America

$1,924,455

$1,427,702

Sheet Metal Workers Union

$1,877,505

$1,897,379

GOPAC

$1,819,112

$2,367,852

Music for America

$1,717,820

$1,590,784

California Repub Convention Delegation

$1,600,750

$1,612,595

Illinois Hospital & Health Systems Assn

$1,420,512

$1,151,188

Safer Together 04

$1,387,727

$1,171,323

National Federation of Republican Women

$1,355,354

$3,462,507

Americans for Progress & Opportunity

$1,306,092

$1,305,667

Ironworkers Union

$1,304,454

$1,272,356

Republican Leadership Coalition

$1,294,950

$1,300,752

Environment 2004

$1,205,849

$1,167,762

Americans United to Preserve Marriage

$1,192,090

$1,056,962

Americans for Better Government

$1,185,174

$1,230,227

Progressives League

$1,175,000

$210,105

Natural Resources Defense Council

$1,112,307

$1,005,283

Young Democrats of America

$1,110,227

$723,781

Public Campaign Action Fund

$1,109,209

$990,056

Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund

$1,103,509

$1,374,220

America’s PAC

$1,081,700

$1,061,336

Mainstreet USA Inc

$1,060,000

$1,110,002

Save American Medicine

$1,000,200

$935,250

It should be clear to all that the vast majority of the top 527s are simply adjuncts of the Democrat Party. They are the Democrat Party campaigning by other means.

Indeed, there are so many Democrat 527s on the loose and laden with so much money that the Powers That Be in the DNC decreed that these efforts needed to be better coordinated. To that end the Democrats formed a consulting firm to coordinate their 527 activities called the Thunder Road Group.

The Thunder Road Group is run by Jim Jordan who was (until the final months) John Kerry’s campaign manager. Thunder Road Group oversees the Joint Victory Campaign, the Media Fund, America Coming Together, America Votes (and coordinates with the hundreds of other Democrat 527s).

Many of these 527s are formed and run by members of former Democrat administrations and career Democrat apparatchiks. Just to give a brief sample:

Ranked #1  America Coming Together  $79,795,487

America Coming Together is responsible for get out the vote efforts. It is the principal vehicle for pro-Democratic television commercials by the coalition.

Cecile Richards is a founding member and a top executive of America Coming Together. She is also the president of America Votes. She is the daughter of Texan politician Ann Richards and a former top aide to House minority leader Nancy Pelosi. 

Ellen Malcolm, longtime president of EMILY’s List, is also a cofounder of America Coming Together. Malcolm served on the White House staff in 1980 as a press secretary to Jimmy Carter’s special assistant for consumer affairs.

Steve Rosenthal is the CEO of America Coming Together. He is also the executive director of Partnership for America’s Families. During the Clinton administration, Rosenthal served as the Associate Deputy Secretary of the Department of Labor. Before that he was the Deputy Political Director for the Democratic National Committee.

Ranked #1   Joint Victory Campaign 2004  $71,811,666

By their own account they are “a joint fundraising committee authorized by America Coming Together and The Media Fund.”

Ranked #2 – The Media Fund  $59,414,183

Harold Ickes, who was deputy White House chief of staff in the Clinton administration heads the Media Fund. Bill Knapp, who did commericials for both the Al Gore and Clinton presidential campaigns the past three elections, oversees the advertising operation for the Media Fund. 

Ranked #21  America Votes  $3,174,936

America Votes is a Democrat “umbrella organization that stitches together the activities of various progressive organizations.”

America Votes shares polling data, research and mailing lists among member groups, including the Democratic National Committee’s massive voter data bank.

As noted, AV’s founder and chief executive, Cecile Richards, is the daughter of Bush nemesis Ann Richards and previously a top aide to House minority leader Nancy Pelosi.

And of course there are countless other Democrat 527s, including but not limited to:

Service Employees International Union, American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees, MoveOn.org, New Democrat Network, EMILY’s List, AFLCIO, Voices For Working Families, Democratic Legislative Campaign Cmte, Sierra Club, Partnership for America’s Families, League of Conservation Voters, Progress For America, Communications Workers of America, Laborers Union.

It is staggering the amount of money these 527s provided the Democrat Party. Soros and company literally spent millions of dollars for the DNC for every dollar spent by the SBVT. (And the SBVT actually raised their money from grassroots donations.)

But isn’t campaign finance reform grand? George Soros thinks so. But why shouldn’t he?

He paid for it.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, June 1st, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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