#Thread on Our Transpartisan Platform: Part 5 of Pre-Launch Week for our #centrist organization comes out shortly, but I'd like to highlight something. We chose the form of nonprofit we're launching with (527 group) because it legally requires 100% donor transparency, and... /1
...also legally bars us from donating money to political candidate campaigns. We believe both should be required, by law, so this was the natural choice for us.

But, 527 groups allow for unlimited donations, albeit transparently, as the donor would be publicly known. /2
I initially wrote the plan for this several years ago. We were going to launch with a self-imposed limit of around $801,000. For those who aren't campaign finance mega-nerds, that's the total yearly amount a person used to be able to donate to a party & candidates per year. /3
We don't expect anyone to donate that much, but we were hoping that the artificial limit would at least bring some amount of attention to how absurdly high that number is.

Unfortunately... it's gone WAY up in intervening years. /4
In fact, a court ruling erased the limit entirely, so there is no longer a number we can highlight with our artificial donation limit, leaving me with a conundrum. /5
The part of our fundraising plan that isn't changing, is how we're going to allow all monthly donors (from $5/mo and up) to vote on our donation limit going forward, once we hit a stable $25,000 a month budget. /6
But what to do between then and now is up in the air.

Some of you have noticed how I use our social media following as a sort of public focus group from time to time, and we're about to do that again. /7
I believe this is how a grassroots organization should operate - when the best path forward is not clear, the membership should be consulted.

After we launch, decisions like this will be made by donors and/or volunteers, but as we have yet to launch, we'll be doing this here. /8
After getting some related feedback, we're going to launch with one of four donation limit options - which one is up to you. /9
For reference, here is the current donation limits from the FEC website:

1: No donation limit - being transparent as to who donates is enough.
2: Stick with the $801,000 per year limit - it still highlights an important point.
3: A dollar for every thousand people in the country - $327,488
4: A penny for every person in the country - $3,274,880
If anyone has ideas on how to use our donation limit as a political statement once we cross our $25k/mo fundraising target, feel free to share those ideas here, and we'll revisit them once we get there.
For any who have thoughts on the subject, I'd be very interested in hearing why you chose the option you went with as well. The more input / feedback the better.
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