I have been following this issue on Toxic and have posted some of the posts, a sample, from that creative and wonderful site (insert sarcasm). I have no idea if it is or is not a PAC? Much of this is in reference to their proposed yard sale. Here are a few of the posts from someone, certainly not me, who appears in the know on this issue. I don't know what their status is. Maybe someone else does?
CFO seems worried about permits for cooking marshmellow. This weeks Gazette says "CasinoFacts.org is a non-profit organization, and the request was submitted by.." CP. What type of 501(c) is CFO? Are they really a PAC?
Here is some non-profit information:
Lobbying Activity of Section 501(c)(3) Private Foundations
Private foundations that spend money on lobbying activity will incur an excise tax on those expenditures; this tax is so significant that it generally acts as a lobbying prohibition.
In addition, a private foundation does not qualify for section 501(c)(3) status if a substantial part of its activities is attempting to influence legislation (commonly referred to as lobbying). Legislation includes action by Congress, any state legislature, any local council, or similar governing body with respect to acts, bills, resolutions, or similar items (such as legislative confirmation of appointive office), or by the public in referendum, ballot initiative, constitutional amendment, or similar procedure.
A foundation will be regarded as attempting to influence legislation if it contacts, or urges members of the public to contact, members or employees of a legislative body for the purpose of proposing, supporting, or opposing legislation, or if the foundation advocates the adoption or rejection of legislation.
Is CFO A PAC? Have they registered and filed reports? Here is some PAC information
The term "political action committee" (PAC) refers to two distinct types of political committees registered with the FEC: separate segregated funds (SSFs) and nonconnected committees. Basically, SSFs are political committees established and administered by corporations, labor unions, membership organizations or trade associations. These committees can only solicit contributions from individuals associated with connected or sponsoring organization. By contrast, nonconnected committees--as their name suggests--are not sponsored by or connected to any of the aforementioned entities and are free to solicit contributions from the general public. For additional information, consult our Separate Segregated Funds and Nonconnected Committees fact sheet
After registering with the FEC, PACs must file regular reports disclosing their receipts and disbursements. PACs have the option to file these reports quarterly or monthly, and may change their filing frequency as often as once a year. PACs that choose to file quarterly may be required to file certain pre- and post-election reports, depending on their activity. Please consult our reporting page for more information.
Perhaps MB can write about this in his Gazette article and Middleboro Review and Gladys Kravitz can blog about it.
From Is CFO Legal?
After registering with the FEC, PACs must file regular reports disclosing their receipts and disbursements. PACs have the option to file these reports quarterly or monthly, and may change their filing frequency as often as once a year. PACs that choose to file quarterly may be required to file certain pre- and post-election reports, depending on their activity.
From Lakeville BOS
Please ask what their legal status is at the next meeting for the public record. I would but fear retribution. We have a right to know exactly who wants to use our town property. Are they a non profit PAC? Sounds impossible.
From Not Listed CFO
"Monson Voice On Casinos PAC" is listed as State registered PAC #80813 on the list of Massachusetts "Polical Action Committees"
Where is CFO?
MIPAC is a registered Massachusetts political action committee (CPF ID 80587). Under Massachusetts campaign finance laws, to contribute to MIPAC, you must be an individual 18 years of age or older. Contributions to MIPAC are not tax-deductible and are limited to $500 per individual per calendar year. All contributions greater than $50 will be reported to the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance.