The event begins at 6 pm with dinner at 7 pm It will
include two great speakers, a silent auction, cash bar, and 50-50
That's gambling (or gaming in the legal sense). I have nothing against gambling, love a good Texas Hold em game (for chips of course....) and think it should be legal period, but the law is the law on this.
From the State Government
Is a game of chance where raffle tickets are sold, a winner(s) is determined by randomly drawing a ticket stub from a container, and a prize is awarded. Almost all raffles need to be licensed.
If your organization is holding a 50-50 or a "drawing for a door prize," these are raffles and should be licensed. If you are not sure if what you want to do is a raffle, contact our office at (517) 335-5780 and we can answer your questions.
You can complete the Raffle Application electronically and then print it.
Now who can obtain this?
Only certain nonprofit organizations are eligible to be licensed to conduct bingos, millionaire parties, and raffles, and to sell charity game tickets. For organizations that have not previously qualified, choose the appropriate category below that best describes the purpose of your organization. Qualification requirement information for that category will appear. This lists the documentation that must be submitted to the bureau before an organization can be granted a license. If you have any qualification questions please contact our office at (517) 335-5780.
First off, political committees are not non-profits. Many think they are, but they are not. Now I am awaiting word from the Gaming Division to confirm this, but based on the statute I've read, political parties committees (As are the Livingston County Democrats) are INELGIBLE for a license.
6) "Qualified organization" means a bona fide religious, educational, service, senior citizens, fraternal, or veterans' organization that operates without profit to its members and that either has been in existence continuously as an organization for a period of 5 years or is exempt from taxation under 26 USC 501(c). Qualified organization does not include a candidate committee, political committee, political party committee, ballot question committee, independent committee, or any other committee as defined by, and organized under, the Michigan campaign finance act, 1976 PA 388, MCL 169.201 to 169.282.
Now I am waiting to hear back from Lansing on this to see if it is legal or illegal. I am assuming it is not legal based on what I have read, and based on what happened to one of the dove hunting groups - "Citizens for Wildlife Conservation" - (not the one I treasured) in 2006 when Mike Cox shut down their raffle (correctly so unfortunately). Now while the LCDP has not broken any laws yet, I highly suggest they do not have this 50/50 fundraiser - unless they do have that license.
UPDATE - Heard from Lansing - it's illegal.