I won’t belabor this topic beyond today but I felt the answer to this comment left on the post this morning deserved a post of its own so that it received a broader reading audience…
Based on this comment, it looks like he wants you to form your own political action committee or 501(c)4 yourself. This isn’t gonna happen for a while, needless to say. That said–if someone asks re finances, the best advise (IMHO) is to note to them that the form 990 for groups like Military Religious Freedom Foundation is publically available. In fact, folks can be pointed right to the 990 via sites like Foundation Center.
One thing to point out to him, too–anti-dominionist activist organizations like MRFF pulls in maybe $550,000 a year in donations and only earns something like $30,000 after expenses are taken into account. (This is including paying Mikey Weinstein for legal fees, of note.) This is compared to–on average–$5-10 million (after expenses) for the average dominionist 501(c)3, and figures in the tens to hundreds of millions for dominionist “ministries” for which 501(c)3 forms are available.
And yes, compared to the dominionists, even the richest of anti-dominionist progressive groups don’t earn that much. People for the American Way pulls in just under $6 million a year (of which only about $1.2 mil is for the org itself and $4.7 mil is for their 501(c)4 wing); Americans United (being the richest of the progressive orgs by far) only pulled in about $9.8 million in 2008; and Interfaith Alliance only pulled in $1.8 million from their 501(c)3 and 501(c)4 wings.
Groups specifically focusing on dominionism have it even worse; at least two groups (Institute for First Amendment Studies and Committee to Defend the Constitution) folded due to lack of funds, Jews On First (a project of the Jewish organisation haMifgash) got a small slice of the around $30,000 for ALL of haMifgash’s projects, and Talk to Action is operating not as a nonprofit but as an LLC (and pretty much relies on donations to pay the server bills).
Literally the ONLY group that earns any considerable amount of money (compared to dominionists) who is active in fighting dominionism is the Southern Poverty Law Center ($192 million)–and most of their funds go NOT into fighting dominionism but fighting other kinds of hate (particularly legal cases involving hate crimes).
This is compared to Mercy Ministries *alone* at over $10 million; the American Family Association at $38.8 million; Eagle Forum at over $20 million (based on 501(c)3, 501(c)4, and state affiliates); Focus on the Family well into the $150 million-plus range between its 501(c)3, 501(c)4 and state affiliates; Concerned Women for America (which is, for dominionist groups, a relative poverty-child at $1.3 million); Family Research Council pulling in $5.5 million between its 501(c)3 and 501(c)4 wings; Alliance Defense Fund with $33.7 million;
…and that’s just the groups we have ACCESS to records for (increasingly, dominionist orgs are incorporating as “ministry groups” and using the “church loophole” to get out of filing a form 990; Wallbuilders is probably the most well-known group doing this). - dogemperor
Then you have activists such as myself who may raise anywhere from $20-$300 in a month, to the more successful ones who might be able to pull in a couple thousand if they are aggressive at fundraising. I hope this has shed more light on the realities of what we are faced with.
Because I donate my time and resources to this as a full-time endeavor you can see that relying on the generosities of those who support what we are working on to continue. As it is there is not enough time in a day to accomplish all that is required in our ultimate goal to expose dominionism and help politically secular republicans reclaim their Party.