Issue 93, Spring 2004


As we go to press, the Federal Election Commission is poised to consider whether non-profits should be treated like "political committees," subject to funding and spending restrictions. NCAC opposes such regulation. The main goal of campaign finance reform was preventing corruption. The record in the Supreme Court revealed a pattern of brazen exchange of money for influence, and its decision was understandable in that light. But, as the Court recognized, non-profits should not be discouraged from contributing to policy debates. They inform and educate the public and offer like-minded individuals a way to pool resources to make their views heard. Current efforts to restrict their activities raise serious constitutional problems. The goal is to expand and enhance debate, not create new hurdles to political speech and participation.