What exactly is the difference between an NGO and a political party? They’re both volunteer-based groups formed to promote certain political viewpoints in public government. Both are primarily funded by donation or personal wealth and achieve their goals through support of ideologically similar candidates and targeted demographic advertising.
Possible Distinctions I Discarded
And really, would any but the most Objectivist of parties tell you they are for profit?
Ability to Run Political Candidates
Capacity to Operate Transnationally
Independent of Government Influence
And parties aren’t?
Edit: To clarify, I’m looking for a general academic definition. If one doesn’t exist, I’d still appreciate a response as to why and how. If I have any misconceptions, please also let me know.