What is a 527 organization, and what is its difference with a political party designation by the Federal Election Commission?
Entities organized under section 527 of the tax code are considered “political organizations,” defined generally as a party, committee or association that is organized and operated primarily for the purpose of influencing the selection, nomination or appointment of any individual to any federal, state or local public office, or office in a political organization. All political committees that register and file reports with the FEC are 527 organizations, but not all 527 organizations are required to file with the FEC. Some file reports with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
As a 527, we cannot donate or specifically endorse or coordinate with candidates. However, it is the goal to apply for Party status with the FEC once a network of volunteers, base of support, and sufficient funds are established. To this end, the organization is structured and its policies and procedure are that of a political party.