In effect, this was a mandate for those union leaders to work in support of the Democratic Party. Stern sits on the Executive Committee of America Coming Together, a Democratic Party auxiliary funded by George Soros. Moreover, SEIU is a major component of the so-called "Shadow Democratic Party," a nationwide network of more than five-dozen unions, nonprofit activist groups, and think tanks whose agendas are ideologically to the left, and which are engaged in campaigning for the Democrats. Designated as a "527 organization" (so named in reference to Section 527 of the U.S. tax code), SEIU is not required to register as a "political organization" with the Federal Election Commission, and consequently may collect as much "soft money" as it wishes, with no limits on how much it may receive from individuals or corporations. This money, in turn, is funneled to Democratic candidates, political action committees, and other "527" groups pursuing similar agendas.