If someone is running for an elected position on a private university board, and you donate to them, is that a tax-deductible contribution? Or does the "no tax deductions for campaigns" refer to non government campaigns too.

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    Before it can be a 501(c)(3) organization, it has to be a 501(c) nonprofit. Is the entity receiving the contributions a non-profit? Do they have 501(c) status? – Ben Voigt Dec 2 at 20:54
  • In this hypothetical I'm talking about a nonprofit and receiving contributions as a nonprofit. But I guess this IRS publication says this only applies to 'public' elections. – bones225 Dec 2 at 23:42

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