3 Things Every PAC Manager Needs to Know Going Into 2016

07 Jan, 2016

This election year means unique obstacles and high stakes for ensuring your PAC's success. Proper preparation could be the difference between a successful year and one that misses the mark. Get your PAC ready by knowing what to be on the lookout for.

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Key Steps to Building a Peer-to-Peer PAC Program

18 Dec, 2015

Building a peer-to-peer program takes time. Before you begin recruiting peers, you have to build internal support, collect your information and develop tools to help them succeed. This members-only resource will guide you through these opening stages.

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Integrating Your PAC at Your Fly-In

22 Sep, 2015

Fly-in attendees, if eligible for the PAC, are a key audience to reach about your PAC. They are in Washington or your state capital because they understand the power of advocacy. The Council's Hannah Wesolowski suggests two paths toward fly-in/PAC integration: recognition and fundraising.

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How to Grow Your PAC

02 Jun, 2015

In a new Council video, 2015 Outstanding Corporate PAC Award recipient Stephen Ciccone of Toyota shares a few key strategies for growing your PAC, including establishing a brand for the PAC and building real relationships with donors.

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Developing a Comprehensive Election Cycle Budget

06 Jan, 2015

Start this election cycle on the right path by taking the time to create a thoughtful contribution strategy for your PAC. Follow these steps to make the greatest impact with your PAC contributions and increase transparency with stakeholders.

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Using Partnerships to Build Your PAC

06 Jan, 2015

Alyssa Aalmo, government affairs manager at Apollo Education Group, offers ideas to use your organization’s existing partnerships and relationships to identify easy, low-cost benefits and activities for your PAC community.

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Omnibus Bill Increases Contribution Limits

22 Dec, 2014

In December, President Obama signed the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act into law. Beyond funding the federal government, the bill makes significant changes that increase the amounts individuals and political action committees may contribute to national party committees for specified purposes.

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Omnibus Bill Increases Contribution Limits

22 Dec, 2014

Last week, President Obama signed the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act into law. Beyond funding the federal government, the bill makes significant changes that increase the amounts individuals and political action committees may contribute to national party committees for specified purposes.

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Tips for a Successful PAC Board

24 Jun, 2014

A well-organized PAC board sets the stage for the PAC's success, increases transparency and can promote buy-in from new or existing members as a way to incorporate the “people” into the PAC. This members-only resource offers tips on how to create and sustain such a board.

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States React to McCutcheon v. FEC and Adjust Aggregate Contribution Limit Rules

17 Apr, 2014

In the wake of the recent McCutcheon v. FEC decision, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP has released additional guidance on how certain states are reexamining their two-year aggregate contribution limits. The Court's decision did not strike down any state aggregate limits, but opens the door for questions...

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP on McCutcheon Ruling

03 Apr, 2014

  Supreme Court Strikes Down Federal Aggregate Limits on Campaign Contributions Today, April 2, 2014, the Supreme Court issued its decision in McCutcheon v. FEC, striking down the aggregate limits imposed on individual contributions under federal law. The 5-4 opinion held that the individual aggregate limit under federal law...

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Supreme Court Overturns Two-Year Aggregate Individual Contribution Limit

02 Apr, 2014

On April 2, the Supreme Court struck down the aggregate federal campaign contributions cap an individual may contribute to candidates, party committees and PACs during a two-year election cycle. Those in the campaign finance community have anxiously awaited the results since the case was heard by the court in...

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What Super PACs Mean for Corporations and Associations

02 Apr, 2014

How does a super PAC differ from your organization’s PAC? What has the impact of super PACs been for corporations and associations? Where are super PACs headed, and how will that contribute to the relevance of connected PACs? This members-only resources provides answers to these questions and offers suggestions...

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Sample “Did You Know?” Facts About the PAC

25 Feb, 2014

Did you know? Below are sample facts to share with your PAC eligibles in an education campaign about the PAC: It is against the law for XYZ Company to contribute directly to federal candidates (and some state candidates). The most effective vehicle for us to support federal candidates (and...

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Best Practices for Creating an Effective Brand To Boost Your PAC and Grassroots Programs

02 Dec, 2013

Does your PAC or grassroots program have a recognizable brand identity? What is it? How can you develop it further and use it more effectively?

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Soliciting Your Organization’s Board of Directors

27 Nov, 2013

If you aren't soliciting your Board of Directors for PAC contributions, you could be missing a big opportunity to boost your receipts.

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Building an Effective PAC Contribution Strategy

13 Nov, 2013

Who needs your PAC dollars the most? The Council’s Hannah Wesolowski says that if you determine that first, you’ll be well on your way to success.

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Incentivizing PAC Involvement

04 Sep, 2013

Conveying the value of your PAC involvement can be a tall order. Here are some tips from Hannah Wesolowski, manager of political involvement practice at the Public Affairs Council, on how to strengthen your PAC's presence throughout your organization and provide additional motivation to potential donors to get involved.

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Incentivizing PAC Involvement

03 Sep, 2013

Learn how to strengthen your PAC presence organization-wide and motivate potential donors.

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Smart Strategies: Securing Senior Management Buy-In for a PAC [VIDEO]

08 Jul, 2013

Your CEO and other top executives can play a tremendous role in building support for your PAC. Click above for Council board member Michael Dunn's advice on garnering support for your PAC from the highest levels of your organization's leadership — and how that can boost overall PAC participation.

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PAC Videos on File at the Council

15 Jan, 2013

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Helpful Resource Organizations and Web Sites

04 Dec, 2012

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‘PACs Americana’: An FEC Crib Sheet for PAC Rules

04 Dec, 2012

  Call it a chart, a grid or a matrix, “PACs Americana” — presented by Greg J. Scott, assistant staff director of the FEC’s Information Division, at the Council’s PAC Conference in Orlando earlier this year — offers clear and useful distinctions among the four forms political action committees...

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PAC Related Blogs

04 Dec, 2012

Consultant Member Blogs: SevenTwenty Strategies: SevenTwenty Blog Aristotle International: In The Know Cerrell Associates, Inc.: REALPOLITIK CQ Roll Call: At The Races Dunn Associates: Dunn Associates Blog Other Related Blogs: Campaign Insider Election Law Blog Political Activity Law

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What Mission Statements and Candidate Criteria are PACs Using?

04 Dec, 2012

Examples of PAC Mission Statements and Philosophies Our PAC’s purpose is to: create a “better” body of elected officials for the company’s bottom-line objectives, achieve long term goals. This philosophy focuses on elections. promote access, influence legislation for purposes of lobbying, achieve short term government relations goals. This philosophy focuses...

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Tips on Buying Software for Your PAC

04 Dec, 2012

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Tips for PACs During Mergers

04 Dec, 2012

  In light of recent economic challenges, a number of PACs are experiencing significant changes due to mergers and acquisitions. How are PACs approaching their new conditions? 1. A number of PACs wait until the first round of “fall out” happens, post-merger before they conduct a solicitation. As you...

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Smart Disbursement Strategies

04 Dec, 2012

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Securing Senior Management Support for a PAC

04 Dec, 2012

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Sample Structures of PAC Bylaws

04 Dec, 2012

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Sample PAC Board Expectations

04 Dec, 2012

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PAC Audits – Legal and Operational

04 Dec, 2012

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New Trends Shaping Corporate PACs

04 Dec, 2012

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Coordinating a PAC with a Grassroots Program

04 Dec, 2012

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Checklist for Rolling Out a PAC

04 Dec, 2012

The Council does not recommend a timeline for one main reason – timelines vary tremendously from group to group. If you have a hot issue, you’ll want your rollout to take place right away, but in comparison, if you are creating a PAC without any pressure, you can take...

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Survey of State Contribution Laws

04 Dec, 2012

Click here to access the most up-to-date Survey of State Contribution Laws.

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Survey of Federal and State Lobbying Laws

04 Dec, 2012

To get the Survey of Federal and State Lobbying Laws, click here.

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Lobbying and Political Involvement FAQ’s

04 Dec, 2012

The following are answers to frequently asked questions about lobbying and political involvement: 1. What is lobbying? Here is the definition from http://www.wikipedia.org/. “Lobbying is the practice of private advocacy with the goal of influencing a governing body, in order to ensure that an individual’s or organization’s point of...

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FEC Rules On Facilitation Fundraising

04 Dec, 2012

FEC Rules Alter Ways You Can Aid Candidates By Kenneth A. Gross and Ki P. Hong Specialists in Political Law Past Federal Election Commission rules significantly changed the way corporate and trade association executives may engage in fundraising activity in behalf of a federal candidate, defining what constitutes an...

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Compliance Rules for Bundling

04 Dec, 2012

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Tips on Combining PAC Solicitation with Association Dues Billing

04 Dec, 2012

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Solicitation Do’s and Don’ts

04 Dec, 2012

DO Follow the letter of the law Don’t try to interpret the unclear. Find out the answer and don’t assume that what sounds logical is the right response. The FEC is there to help – 202.694.1100. Set a positive tone for the PAC Use positive language and keep your...

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Solicitation Checklist for a Broadbase Campaign

04 Dec, 2012

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Rationale for Payroll Deduction

04 Dec, 2012

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PAC Gift Ideas

04 Dec, 2012

If you are looking for new ways to recognize PAC involvement, below is a partial list of some unusual or popular suggestions – most of which usually have the PAC logo prominently displayed on them. A nice idea is a gift that the recipient can display on their desk...

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Naming Your Incentive Club Levels

04 Dec, 2012

Are looking to create a new incentive club level to recognize PAC members? Do you need to provide additional benefits for membership in today’s difficult fundraising environment? You’re not alone. A number of PACs are rethinking their reward and recognition programs to best demonstrate the value of individual support....

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Fundraising FAQ’s

04 Dec, 2012

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Developing a Solicitor Training Manual

04 Dec, 2012

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Corporate PAC Fundraising Tips: How To Target Current PAC Members to Increase Receipts

04 Dec, 2012

When determining annual goals and solicitation plans, PACs of every industry are being more strategic. What used to be an annual solicitation letter has turned into targeted outreach to separate groups using creative messaging that resonates. Using findings from our 2013 Corporate PAC Benchmarking Report, you can better understand...

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Transparency and PAC Communications

28 Nov, 2012

The Obama Administration’s policy of transparency and disclosure is setting a new standard for political involvement professionals. The general public has also come to expect a certain level of transparency from the government and those interacting with government officials. The Public Affairs Council encourages all PACs to be open and transparent...

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