Is it a social welfare organization or a political party? It may be necessary for No Labels to have a label.

No Labels, a 501(c)(4) organization founded in 2009, has shifted its focus from uniting Democrats and Republicans to pursuing ballot access in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. for a potential independent Unity ticket in the 2024 presidential election. While the group has successfully obtained a ballot line in 14 states, concerns have been raised about its status as a social welfare organization and its potential impact on the election.

Initially founded by Nancy Jacobson, wife of Hillary Clinton’s former chief strategist Mark Penn, No Labels aimed to bridge the divide between the two major parties in Congress. However, its recent efforts have sparked backlash from Democratic leaders and groups who fear that a No Labels candidate could siphon votes away from President Joe Biden and potentially hand the presidency to former President Donald Trump.

No Labels chief strategist Ryan Clancy argues that the group is not acting like a political party, as it is not specifically advocating for or against any candidate. However, in some states where it has obtained a ballot line, No Labels has already been recognized as a political party. While there has been speculation about the group potentially transitioning into another type of entity, No Labels spokeswoman Maryanne Martini has refuted these claims, stating that the organization will remain a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization.

Despite the controversy surrounding its ballot access efforts, No Labels remains committed to its mission of providing American voters with a “better choice” in the 2024 presidential election.  

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