BFA is a political action committee. We can do all of the political stuff such as legislation, donate to candidates, do endorsement, etc with the association. So much of the money donated to BFA will go towards expenses of getting legislation passed and getting pro gun candidates elected. BFA would be somewhat the eqivilent to the NRA-ILA or NRA-PFV.
BFF is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization. It falls under the "education" heading. The donations collected there can be used for filing lawsuits, such as the Cleveland case, can be donated to other groups such as the Wisconsin groups lawsuit against Madison, for filing the amicus briefs that we did for the Heller and McDonald cases, etc.
We can sell stuff under BFF as we can't under BFA. We can not file lawsuits under BFA. So essentially, if you look at BFA as being everything political and legislation, and BFF as being educational, and lawsuits, that's the easiest way to tell them apart.
Whenever we do an event, whether it's a shooting event or such as the Grossman event, first we have to determine where do we feel the greater need for funds will be at the time and what is the best use of the money, before deciding if it will be a PAC event or a foundation event, as the two shall never cross or intermingle. If it weren't for the IRS being very specific as to what tax label you fall under, it would be some much easier. Peruse the NRA's website sometime and look at just how many different organizations they have to have, just to be able to function under the guildelines of the tax law. There's NRA, NRA-ILA, NRA-PVF, NRA Foundation, NRA Defense Fund, FONRA and so on.
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