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527 Explorer

Every year, hundreds of millions of dollars flow through political organizations known as 527s. These organizations are not regulated by the Federal Election Commission and are not subject to FEC-style restrictions on who can contribute or how much they can give, though donations are not tax deductible. These groups are spending more and more, topping $1 billion in 2022. Use our database to explore who funds these organizations and how they’re spending the money.

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Contributions (All time)
Expenditures (All time)

Activity by State

States and territories with the highest total contributions to organizations located there over the last two years of available data.

District of Columbia
107 recently active organizations
17 recently active organizations
47 recently active organizations
105 recently active organizations
17 recently active organizations
North Carolina
42 recently active organizations
New York
42 recently active organizations
New Jersey
31 recently active organizations
31 recently active organizations
26 recently active organizations
7 recently active organizations
15 recently active organizations
33 recently active organizations
56 recently active organizations
28 recently active organizations
44 recently active organizations
16 recently active organizations
45 recently active organizations
South Carolina
16 recently active organizations
18 recently active organizations

Largest Organizations

Organizations that received the highest total contributions in the last two years of available data.

ActBlue Non-Federal
Democratic Governors Association
District of Columbia
Republican Governors Association
District of Columbia
ActBlue Technical Services, Inc.
Republican State Leadership Committee - RSLC
District of Columbia
AFSCME Working Families Fund
District of Columbia
Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee
District of Columbia
Put Michigan First
District of Columbia
Republican Attorneys General Association
District of Columbia
Democratic Attorneys General Association, Inc.
District of Columbia
EMILY's List Non-Federal
District of Columbia
Service Employees International Union Political Ed & Action Fund
District of Columbia
Alliance for Common Sense
District of Columbia
Nar State Exchange Account
Aft Solidarity 527
District of Columbia
IBEW PAC Educational Fund
District of Columbia
The PAC for America's Future
District of Columbia
State Victory Action
North Carolina
DAGA People's Lawyer Project
District of Columbia
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About This Data

What is a 527?

A 527 is a nonprofit formed under Section 527 of the Internal Revenue Code, which grants tax-exempt status to organizations whose primary purpose is attempting to influence the election of one or more people to public office at the national, state or local level. But contributions to these organizations are not considered tax-deductible, unlike gifts to charities.

What organizations are in the 527 Explorer?

This database covers tax-exempt political organizations organized under Section 527, excluding organizations that are regulated by the Federal Election Commission (like federal PACs are); that expect to receive less than $25,000 in annual contributions; that are nonpolitical nonprofits, like charities; or that are political committees for a state or local candidate or a political party. An organization’s state is taken from the address reported on its most recent form 8871.

What organizations report itemized contributions and expenditures?

Tax-exempt political organizations, other than qualified state or local political organizations, that have filed for tax-exempt status with the IRS under Section 527 must file Form 8872 to disclose any expenditures made or contributions received. A qualified state or local political organization is one whose political activities relate solely to state or local public office and that routinely files publicly available reports with one or more states. For state-by-state information on tax-exempt political organizations and their filings, see the IRS’ listings.

Note: Only electronic filings are included in this data. While many organizations filed electronically before 2020, electronic filing for all organizations was only required beginning in January 2020. Therefore, some contributions and expenditures made prior to 2020 may not be reflected in this data.

How are the totals calculated?

An organization’s total contributions and expenditures are calculated by summing up the most recent report filed for each reporting period. However, organizations sometimes file reports for overlapping dates or reports that duplicate data. For any date range, the most recently filed report is marked. Duplicate contributions or expenditures (ones that have the exact same name, amount and date but show up in multiple reports) have been removed from the calculated totals.

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