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March For Our Lives Non-Profit Shenanigans in 2022

Going through non-profit 990’s and be a blast! Today, we are going to focus on March For Our Lives (David Hogg’s former group of Parkland annoying misfits) and two non-profits in their name. First up, the March For Our Lives Foundation.

The MFOL Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit, which means:

The exempt purposes set forth in section 501(c)(3) are charitable, religious, educational, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering national or international amateur sports competition, and preventing cruelty to children or animals. The term charitable is used in its generally accepted legal sense and includes relief of the poor, the distressed, or the underprivileged; advancement of religion; advancement of education or science; erecting or maintaining public buildings, monuments, or works; lessening the burdens of government; lessening neighborhood tensions; eliminating prejudice and discrimination; defending human and civil rights secured by law; and combating community deterioration and juvenile delinquency.

In short, it’s a social welfare non-profit, but it’s not allowed to partake in much lobbying or polticial activity. In 2022, this was their income (money raised/received):

Looking into their documents further, they transferred 91% of that $2,314,634 to the March For Our Lives Action Fund, which is a 501c4.

What’s a 501c4?

501(c)(4) refers to a section of the U.S. federal income tax code concerning social welfare organizations.[1] Corporations that have been granted 501(c)(4) status by the Internal Revenue Service are exempt from federal income tax.[2] However, unlike 501(c)(3) organizations, donations to 501(c)(4) entities are not tax-deductible for the individual or corporation making the donation. These organizations may engage in political lobbying and political campaign activities. This includes donations to political committees that support or oppose ballot measures, bond issues, recalls or referenda.

So, what the charity did is transfer 91% of it’s income to their org that can engage in lobbying and political activity. Pretty sneaky and “sus”, eh? Let’s look at the March For Our Lives Action Fund now, cuz it’s gets more interesting.

Big jump in revenue over 2021, in part thanks to the MFOL foundation’s transfer of 91% of its income (over $2 million) to them. You can see that their programs don’t net much return for them at all too.

Now let’s look at their expenses:

2021 they were in massive debt. 2022 they pulled themselves out of debt practically, all while raising the salaries of the board too. That $2 million from the charity really helped the c4 a lot! It’s also not listed in the c4’s 990 exactly what the money was used for, which raises some questions regarding if the rules were followed, even though it says “what it’s for” on the Foundation’s page regarding the transfer:

On the c4’s forms, here’s what they said money went towards, but doesn’t disclose the amounts:

Polticial activity!!! All of this leaves lots of unanswered questions, so let’s close with this regarding the MFOL Action Fund 501c4. They created a fake company to hide their stuff because “muh safety concerns” lol. Again, sus………

Be it known too that David Hogg was the Secretary of the Action Fund at this time and he got paid well:

Recently, he’s been going through some shenanigans himself (using his PAC to give a large chunk of the money raised to pay himself a 6 figure yearly salary and blow lots of money on travel):

The PAC started by gun activist David Hogg, whose stated mission is "electing young progressives," instead burned through $1.4 million — representing nearly half the money raised — on travel, political consultants, and legal fees in 2023.
In fact, the Leaders We Deserve PAC spent less than $235,000 toward its mission of electing Gen Z candidates to office, according to a Breitbart report that scrutinized the organization's FEC filings.

Hogg makes over $4k bi-weekly from this PAC.


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