Trump Files Early With FEC For 2020 Candidacy, Outmaneuvers Nonprofits

William Craddick's picture

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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thebigunit's picture

Now that you mention it, I haven't noticed the moonbats calling Trump "dumb".

"Mentally ill", maybe.  But not dumb.

I think this is the moonbats way of admitting that they are in trouble.

davidhenry's picture

Nice move. Now if he can tame the biggest PAC in America (the MSM), he'll have a decent shot at winning in 2020 based on his results from the previous 4 years.

jharry's picture

Didn't Hillary just do the same thing?

Kprime's picture

Trump is so far ahead of today's politicians they have no idea what just blew by.

The gun went off in the starting blocks and Trump is halfway around the track while the career politicians are still standing at the blocks. Some of them are still in the locker room looking for their running shoes.

iClaudius's picture

That's what has suprised me so far, Trump seems to be a very long way ahead of the game. This is such fun.

DownWithYogaPants's picture

Your name is spelled  Clavdivs.  iClavdivs.

Kassandra's picture

After 8 years at the bottom of a rabbit hole...this is like..
Blinded by the light!!

Kprime's picture

Blinded by the light
Revved up like a deuce
Another runner in the night
Blinded by the light

U4 eee aaa's picture

Everything is Awesome!

debunker's picture

A brilliant chess move that oozes Darth Bannon slime.

Pitchman's picture

This story is about an investigation by George Webb that takes us back to the Dulles Brothers and the birth of the CIA in 1947.  It includes a cast of characters, entities, and events leading up to Snowden; including Booze Allen; the Carlie Group; the Enron scandal; Kosovo; Somalia; Argentina; the Clinton Foundation in Haiti; Hillary's arming of ISIS, and destruction of Libya.  And then there's the FALSE FLAG attack on Syria, using Sarin Gas from Libya, for which Assad was blamed.

Webb began investigating the Clinton Foundation and has descended into a labyrinth of a Rabbit hole. Be assured the prima facie evidence against Hillary in Haiti, Libya and the Foundation, including Bill, is overwhelming.

"DynCorp, Haiti & Me: Will Trump Drain the Swamp? This is How We'll Know

Jack Napier's picture

Logical fallacy: George Soros owns non-profits > Trump trumps non-profits against him > Trump does not work for Soros.

Truism: Trump has appointed advisors formerly from Goldman Sachs, Blackwater, and Exxon.

Just because he's smart doesn't mean he's a man of the people.

fbazzrea's picture

Just because he's smart doesn't mean he's a man of the people.

but it doesn't mean he's not. from what i see, i suspect he'll be known as a man of the people for generations to come. (:

SillySalesmanQuestion's picture

"Who says I can't?"
Idiot bureaucrats. The Don is so far ahead of these simpletons, they'll make themselves easy targets trying to outwit him, kinda like MSM...

Huh Reeeally's picture

He's definitely several steps ahead, I wonder what else he has up his sleeve? At some point congress is going to have to approve financing and change a few laws, but Trump probably has that sorted as well. I wonder if Putin and Xi can play 3D chess?

Even though Trump approves of the surveillance state he's still the most entertaining POTUS and the best hope for some semblence of freedom, or at least keeping us out of WWIII. I may even change my hair style. Nah, just kidding!

vato poco's picture

Trump's "who says I can't?" attitude tells me - if I didn't know it already - that he's had lots of experience with union guys. back in the day, I was thrown into managing teamsters, despite the fact I didn't know my ass from a hole in the ground. they ate me for lunch for awhile, until a couple of  grizzled old fart teamsters who I got along with real well taught me The Secret: (after making me swear I'd never reveal where I learned it, of course)

1) take a managerial action

2) when the union complains, 'the contract doesn't say you can do that!!', you say...

3) "well, it damn sure doesn't say I can't...."

4) win

works well in real life, too. see: Trump, Donald, President of the USA

Teknopagan's picture

It is a Blitzkrieg !      On to the next position.

chisler's picture

Wow, breathtakingly smart. Buy shares in any tissue paper company - both types - nasal and rear end.

silverer's picture

This guy is no dummy.

fbazzrea's picture

better yet, he surrounds himself with experts.

awesome move Mr. T!!

oldschool's picture

Mr. T -- now that should catch on.

Albertarocks's picture

There's new sheriff in town.

CaptainObvious's picture

Now this is some seriously sly shit.  I love it.  And he doesn't have to do anything illegal to silence 501(c)(3) groups like having the IRS deny them tax-free status, like some asshole of a former (p)resident did.

DuckDog's picture

And they called this man an idiot and didn't know what he was doing.... seriously been had all of them

William Craddick's picture

Trump is a genius when it comes out outmaneuvering his opponents.


Amazing how injecting some fresh perspective into DC Beltway groupthink can shake things up like this. We're in for a wild first 100 days.

Nikao7's picture

One more time just so we are clear.

SixIsNinE's picture

duck dog sayz dat man done bin called stoopid & shit - but dont' look now - he done skooled them All !  for realz !

DuckDog's picture

And they called this man an idiot and didn't know what he was doing.... seriously been had all of them

DuckDog's picture

And they called this man an idiot and didn't know what he was doing.... seriously been had all of them

ReZn8r's picture

Hooray for Trump!

847328_3527's picture

I already took an aspirin to get ready for more winning today. I get sore winning so much 24/7 against the Dark Forces of Evil at the DNC.

wildbad's picture

yeah! the hits keep on coming!

my Trump is making ALL of his predecessors look like silly fumblers.

its difficult to keep up with his blistering pace.

HedgeJunkie's picture

I will admit that I was dubious about Trump initially, though I hesitantly voted for him as "Not the Cunt".

He continues to impress the shit out of me since the inaugeration.

TheRideNeverEnds's picture

He said we would win so much we'd get tired of winning, seems he is keeping this promise as well. We are still in what week two of his presidency?

Jesús, he is the 3D chess master!

Trump is blowing these scrubs out of the fucking water.

old naughty's picture

a blazing star is re-borned.

847328_3527's picture

God Bless Donald trump.

May His Benevolent Reign last 8 years for the good of Americans.