A Tax Lawyer's Perspective on Section 527 Organizations
Gregg D. Polsky
University of Georgia Law School
Cardozo Law Review, February 2007
Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 06-49
Proponents of campaign finance reform generally assume that, by definition, all section 527 organizations are partisan, election-driven organizations. They also believe that by self-identifying to the IRS, these organizations receive substantial tax benefits. Based on these presuppositions, reformers argue that strict regulation of 527 organizations is both constitutional and normatively beneficial. In this Essay, I argue that once section 527 is carefully analyzed from a tax perspective, it becomes evident that these assumptions are flawed. Ultimately, I conclude that section 527 should not be used as a mechanism for regulating campaign finance.
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Date posted: September 24, 2006