Sometime ago I posted a thread on models of governance of fencing clubs. One of the several models is the 501C3 which is a non-profit organization with an elected board etc. This is a long standing approach to handling the organization and taxation of fraternal organizations and is enacted in US Federal law. The following is a post from the National Council of Nonprofits. While I find it hard to imagine the Republicans trying to use fencing clubs in the manner described here, the changes addressed could adversely affect all nonprofits and therefore indirectly fencing. Just a FYI for you. Note how the changes are being introduced as part of an "Environment appropriations bill". House Appropriations Bill Seeks to Politicize Nonprofits The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to take up legislation the week of July 16 that, among other things, would effectively undermine the longstanding Johnson Amendment, the provision of federal tax law that protects charitable nonprofits, houses of worship, and foundations from demands from politicians and others for endorsements and other support At issue is controversial language that would effectively block the IRS from enforcing the Johnson Amendment when “churches” violate the law in even the most egregious ways, such as diverting charitable assets to influence partisan political campaigns. That language was added at Section 112 to the Financial Services and General Government appropriations bill for fiscal year 2019, that begins on October 1 – just five weeks before the general election. Republican leaders reportedly plan to combine that measure with a funding bill for Interior-Environment in a “mini-bus” package. In recent speeches, Vice President Pence and outside groups have ratcheted up their rhetoric and advocacy efforts in support of repealing the Johnson Amendment. It is unclear whether an amendment to strip out the anti-Johnson Amendment rider will be permitted, but the need for nonprofit engagement is critical right now.