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Important Facts to Remember About

Political Action Committees (PACs)

  • Corporations may not make contributions in connection with elections to federal office, i.e., the U.S. House, the U.S. Senate, or to candidates for President.
  • Foreign Nationals may not make contributions to any level of election campaign, i.e., federal state or local, in this country.  Moreover, foreign nationals may not play any role in a PAC or in political fundraising.  The term foreign national does not include permanent resident aliens, a specific immigration status awarded by the Immigration and Naturalization Service.
  • Trade associations, like RESPRO®, may establish PACs.  Trade associations may pay the establishment, administration and solicitation costs of running PACs that they establish.
  • A PAC established by a trade association may solicit contributions from the stockholders and “executive or administrative personnel” of its member corporations, and their families.  No such solicitations may be made, however, unless the member corporation has separately and specifically approved the solicitation in writing.  Also, the member corporation may not approve a solicitation if it has approved one for any other trade association for the same calendar year.
  • The trade association must maintain copies of approvals for three years from the year in which the approval has been given.  Approvals may be given for multiple years so long as each year is separately approved.
  • A trade association may include one copy of its proposed solicitation materials when it requests approval.
  • The employees who are eligible for solicitation, the executive or an administrative personnel – are generally those who have policymaking, managerial, professional, or supervisory responsibilities.
  • Generally, persons in a consulting capacity with respect to a corporation, i.e., who are not employees, may not be solicited.
  • All contributions to a PAC must be entirely voluntary.  Employees cannot be coerced in any way to contribute to RESPRO®.
  • Payroll deductions, or check off systems, may not be used to collect contributions.
  • Any solicitation, whether in writing or oral, must contain the language set forth in the enclosure.
  • A trade association may not solicit contributions from PACs established by its members.  However, unsolicited contributions from such PACs to the trade association’s PAC may be accepted.
  • A PAC established by a trade association may also accept contributions from other individuals so long as they have not been solicited and are purely on the initiative of the contributing person.
  • Individuals may contribute no more than $5,000 per year to a PAC.
  • All contributions must be drawn from the personal funds of the contributor only.  Corporate funds or partnership funds may not be used for this purpose.  Moreover, another person’s funds may not be used for such a contribution.  For example, it is a violation for A to make a contribution in his or her name using funds provided by B or any entity.
  • Most importantly, corporations, partnerships and individuals may not reimburse any individual for their personal contribution to RESPROPAC.
  • All RESPROPAC contributions made by check should be payable to “RESPROPAC” and mailed directly to RESPRO, 2101 L Street, N.W., Suite 800, Washington, D.C.  20037.
  • RESPROPAC contributions made by credit card can be mailed to the above mentioned address; faxed to RESPRO at 202-862-2052; or emailed to Terrie Worley.

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