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NWPCA Political Action Committee - PalletPac

Political action committees, or PACs, came about after Congress passed a law prohibiting corporations and labor unions from making contributions directly to federal candidates. A PAC allows a corporation, including a trade association, to support federal candidates, and thereby assist its advocacy efforts. Trade association PACs use donated funds to support the election of federal candidates who are aligned with the industry’s goals. Trade association PACs may only solicit contributions from its members. If its members are corporations, a trade association must first get the corporate member’s written permission before it may solicit the member’s salaried employees for contributions. A company may give only one trade association PAC permission to solicit its salaried employees.

Only individuals may contribute to a trade association’s PAC, using individual funds. No corporate funds may be used, nor may individuals be reimbursed for any contributions. Contributions aggregating $200 or more in a calendar year require reporting the contributor’s name, address, employer and occupation.

In order for the PAC to be effective, NWPCA must have participation from its members. This informal poll will assist us with gauging whether sufficient membership participation is possible.


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