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Regulating 527 Organizations


Gregg D. Polsky


University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - School of Law

Guy-Uriel E. Charles


Duke Law School


George Washington Law Review, Forthcoming
Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 05-21

Abstract:     
In this Essay, we consider whether the Federal Election Commission (FEC) has the authority to regulate independent 527 organizations (e.g., Swiftboat Veterans for Truth, Moveon.org, etc.) as political committees under the Federal Election Campaign Act. This issue, which was hotly debated during the last election cycle when it was considered and ultimately tabled by the FEC, is an extremely complex one that requires a deep understanding of election, tax, administrative, and constitutional law. After considering how these areas of law intersect, we conclude that the FEC lacks the authority to regulate independent 527 organizations as political committees.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 36

Keywords: 527 organizations, FEC, Buckley, MCFL

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Date posted: June 17, 2005  

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Polsky, Gregg D. and Charles, Guy-Uriel E., Regulating 527 Organizations. George Washington Law Review, Forthcoming; Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 05-21. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=745330

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Gregg D. Polsky
University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - School of Law ( email )
Van Hecke-Wettach Hall, 160 Ridge Road
CB #3380
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3380
United States
Guy-Uriel Charles (Contact Author)
Duke Law School ( email )
Science Drive & Towerview Rd
Durham, NC 55455
United States
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