Trump card: Trump filed for 2020 reelection with SEC, thereby gagging non-profits

Whatever that will happen to his presidency, we can say at least this about Donald John Trump: He is a very interesting man who thinks several moves ahead of his opponents.


On January 19, I did a post, “Trump already has his 2020 campaign slogan!,” which received little commentary from FOTM‘s readers. Two days before his presidential inauguration, Donald Trump already had the slogan for his re-election campaign in 2020, “Keep America Great!,” which he has trademarked.

It turns out he had done this before. In 2012, within a week of Mitt Romney’s loss to Obama, Trump trademarked “Make America Great Again” for a $325 fee.

But Trump didn’t just trademark his 2020 campaign slogan. He filed a notice (FEC Form 99) with the Federal Election Commission of his intention to run for reelection in 2020 — and he did this on January 20, 2017, the day of his inauguration.

This was discovered by a group of rabid anti-Trump feminists called The Resisterhood (h/t Jim Stone).

On January 28, The Resisterhood @resisterhood tweeted a screenshot of the FEC Form 99 that Trump filed with the FEC on January 20, 2017:

trump-fec-form-99-for-2020-candidacyNote: FEC Form 2 is a “Statement of Candidacy”. However, as Trump stated in his letter to the FEC, he filed a Form 99, “Miscellaneous Report to FEC,” because he had “reached the legal threshold for filing FEC Form 2”.  That might explain why, after conducting numerous searches on, I could not find a record of Trump’s Form 99.

Resisterhood’s tweet sent the anti-Trumpers into sputtering, foaming-at-the-mouth outrage.

Why is that?

Because, as Resisterhood pointed out, by registering himself as a 2020 political candidate, Trump is tying the hands of non-profit opposition groups by silencing their criticisms and blocking their political activities, such as protests and demonstrations.

According to IRS rule, non-profits (Section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations) are prohibited from intervening in political campaigns, unless they want their tax-exempt status revoked.


The Restriction of Political Campaign Intervention by Section 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Organizations

Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. Contributions to political campaign funds or public statements of position (verbal or written) made on behalf of the organization in favor of or in opposition to any candidate for public office clearly violate the prohibition against political campaign activity. Violating this prohibition may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise taxes.

Certain activities or expenditures may not be prohibited depending on the facts and circumstances.  For example, certain voter education activities (including presenting public forums and publishing voter education guides) conducted in a non-partisan manner do not constitute prohibited political campaign activity. In addition, other activities intended to encourage people to participate in the electoral process, such as voter registration and get-out-the-vote drives, would not be prohibited political campaign activity if conducted in a non-partisan manner.

On the other hand, voter education or registration activities with evidence of bias that (a) would favor one candidate over another; (b) oppose a candidate in some manner; or (c) have the effect of favoring a candidate or group of candidates, will constitute prohibited participation or intervention.

Somebody should inform Bishop of the Diocese of Austin Joe Vasquez who piously issued a statement against President Trump’s executive order on construction of the U.S.-Mexico border wall. In so doing, Vasquez is jeopardizing the Catholic Church’s tax-exempt status.

Vasquez can be reached at:

  • Phone: (512) 949-2415
  • Email his executive assistant Melinda Johnson:


20 responses to “Trump card: Trump filed for 2020 reelection with SEC, thereby gagging non-profits

  1. Trump is the MAN! Go Trump! #myPresident!

    Liked by 4 people

  2. Trump plays three-dimensional chess while the dems/leftists play pick-up-sticks…lol It’s almost sad to watch their attempt to remain relevant.

    Liked by 5 people

  3. Smart man….it’s fun to watch!

    Liked by 6 people

  4. With each day Trump is gaining more traction as he rolls over his opponents.
    Each action sets a another precedent and whets the appetite for whatever is next.
    The opponents are pathetic and hideous with crying and vagina costumes, critics are marginalizing themselves (he left out a comma on something) and more and more moderates are realizing Trump isn’t the two-headed monster the Establishment made him out to be.

    Thankyou Mr. President

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  5. I am so glad to see this!
    I have gotten so much anti Trump email news letters from “non-political” organizations it makes me sick. Now I have a way to show my displeasure besides my reply option.
    I am going to use this.

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  6. I’m starting to like this man:)
    However Dr. Eowyn, the Corbett Report ran a story that Trump is renewing the PHOENIX PROGRAM of VIETNAM INFAMY-what do you think?


    • The Phoenix Program was specific to the Vietnam War, so how can Trump renew it? Are you referring to Trump’s approval of waterboarding, claiming that torture is a legitimate and effective method to get information from terrorists?

      That being said, what Trump is doing right far exceeds and outweighs whatever misgivings patriots and conservatives may have. I’m prepared to overlook this.

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  7. Lawyer’s take: this is BRILLIANT!

    Just as Obama abused unprecedentedly his power to create Executive Orders, Trump is maximizing his legal powers to silence the same IRS that ruthlessly silenced conservative voices for 8 years…only this execution is exponentially better.

    I wish my ebullience were able to express itself without limit; however, the sad thing is that we know these same laws will soon be used to silence, and cull, Christians.

    In the meantime, I’m celebrating and giving thanks.

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  9. “According to IRS rule, non-profits (Section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations) are prohibited from intervening in political campaigns”
    This needs to be front page, above the fold, headlines in papers across the nation. Or not. If these 501c3 organizations decide to oppose Mr. Trump then let the cards fall where they may. We aren’t playing by the old rules anymore. The left used the IRS illegally to silence conservatives. Mr. Trump doesn’t seem prone to be breaking any laws. Indeed he uses the rules to contain the bozos. And it just drives em crazy(er).

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  11. awesome move…checkmate!

    now, if we can only get the DoJ to investigate soros’ “foundations” in america.

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  12. President Trump is brilliant! Don’t let them fool you into thinking we didn’t win. WE WON!


  13. Catholic Church is not a 501(3) Church. Trump has pledged to eliminate 501(3) status for all churches as it muzzles them from speaking out against the government. But for other groups, well it’s a great move.


  14. HA HA HA! Awesome move! Great idea! That’s so funny! He’s not dumb, that’s for sure.
    I always wondered what motivates these ‘feminists’…is it just a blanket hatred of all males because of a) father abandoned their mother; ie they assume all men are scum, b) they are really lesbians or c) they are ugly or crazy and most guys won’t date them? Or, d) all of the above?


  15. Check this out USPTO serial # 87315890 Trump adapted the slogan from me, I had sent his campaign a message at 05:16:09 am 1/18/17 with the name of a suggested 2020 campaign “Keep America Great !” Thats with the exclamation point. He is not the genius they make him out to be.


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