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Terms of Use

By accessing, viewing, or otherwise using this website, you agree to be bound by Terms of Use. The Public Affairs Council, hereinafter referred to as The Association, may revise these Terms of Use at any time by updating this posting. If you do not wish to be bound by these Terms of Use, including any revision, do not access or view the site. If you do not agree to be bound by these Terms of Use, you may not use nor access the site. 

Changes to Terms of Use

The Association reserves the right, at its discretion, to change, modify, add or remove all or portions of these Terms of Use at any time. Your continued use of this website will indicate acceptance by you of such rules, changes or modifications.


The website and the entire contents of the website, including the text, graphics, images, logos, button icons, HTML code, and other material are copyrighted by the Association under the copyright laws of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code).


Trademarks, service marks, and logos appearing in this website are the property of the Association or the party that provided the trademarks, service marks, and logos to the Association. The Association and any party that provided trademarks, service marks, and logos to the Association retain all rights with respect to any of their respective trademarks, service marks, and logos appearing in this site. Unauthorized use of the trademarks, service marks and logos of the Association or any third party is unlawful and will be grounds for exclusion from future use of this website.

Access to Website

The Association reserves the right to refuse to any person access to this website or any of its resources, and to terminate or suspend any person’s access at any time.

Prohibited Uses of the Website

You may not use any automatic device, program, algorithm or methodology, or any similar or equivalent manual process, to access, acquire, copy or monitor any portion of the website or any content, or in any way reproduce or circumvent the navigational structure or presentation of the website or any content, to obtain or attempt to obtain any materials, documents or information through any means not purposely made available through the website.

You may not attempt to gain unauthorized access to any portion or feature of the website, or any other systems or networks connected to the website, or to any of the services offered on or through the Site, by hacking, password “mining” or any other illegitimate means.


The Association does not warrant, endorse, approve or certify the information on this site, nor does it make any representation as to the accuracy, completeness, efficacy, or timeliness of such information. Use of such information is voluntary on your part. Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process or service does not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation or favoring by the Association.

The information, products and services offered on or through the website are provided “as is” and without warranties of any kind either express or implied. To the fullest extent permissible pursuant to applicable law, we disclaim all warranties, express or implied, including, but not limited to, implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose.

The Association does not warrant that the website or any of its functions will be uninterrupted or error free, that defects will be corrected, or that any part of this website is free of viruses or other harmful components.

The Association assumes no responsibility for consequences resulting from use of the information contained herein, or from use of the information obtained at linked sites, or in any respect for the content of such information. Associations not responsible for, and expressly disclaims all liability for, damages of any kind arising out of use, reference to, reliance on, or performance of such information, as well as for any damages or injury caused by any failure of performance, error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, computer virus, communication line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, alteration of, or use of any record. You also acknowledge that the Association is not liable for the defamatory, offensive or illegal conduct of other third parties, subscribers, members or other users and that the risk of injury from the foregoing rests entirely with each user.

Links to Other Websites

This website may be linked to other sites that are not maintained by, or related to, the Association. Links to such sites are provided as a service to users and are not sponsored by or affiliated with this website or the Association. These sites have not been reviewed by the Association, and the Association is not responsible for the content of those sites. Links are to be accessed at the user’s own risk, and the Association makes no representations or warranties about the content, completeness or accuracy of these links or the sites linked to this website.

Further, the inclusion of any link to a third-party site does not imply endorsement by the Association of that site.


You do not have to submit anything, but if you choose to submit something (including any user-generated content, ideas, concepts, techniques and data, you must grant, and you actually grant by agreeing to these Terms of Use, a non-exclusive, irrevocable, worldwide, perpetual, unlimited, assignable, sub-licenseable, fully paid up, and royalty-free right to the Association to copy, prepare derivative works of, improve, distribute, publish, remove, retain, add, and use and commercialize, in any way now known or in the future discovered, anything that you submit to the Association, without any further consent, notice and/or compensation to you or any third parties. By submitting any information to the Association, you represent and warrant that the submission is accurate to your best knowledge, not confidential, and not in violation of any contractual restrictions or other third party rights. The Association is under no obligation to exercise control over any content you or others submit when using the site.

No right of confidentiality shall apply to any inquiries or other communications made to the Association through this website, and the Association shall have no obligation to protect communications from disclosure to third parties.

Cardholder Data

Once a payment is processed, cardholder data may, in some cases, be stored as permitted by the PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC). That data may include primary account number, cardholder name, service code and expiration date, although the full primary account number will never be stored with cardholder name and expiration date. The data will be rendered unreadable, stored securely and never stored in online data storage services. Stored cardholder data will not be used for additional purchases unless otherwise instructed. Stored cardholder data will be reviewed quarterly and unnecessary data purged. We will never store sensitive authentication data.

Notice of Copyright Infringement

If you are a copyright owner who believes your copyrighted material has been reproduced, posted or distributed via the website in a manner that constitutes copyright infringement, please report the violation to our designated copyright agent by sending written notice by U.S. Mail to: Vice President of Finance and Administration, or by email to [email protected].

Please include the following information in your written notice:

  1. a detailed description of the copyrighted work that is allegedly infringed;
  2. a description of the location of the allegedly infringing material on the website;
  3. your contact information, including your address, telephone number, and, if available, email address;
  4. your statement that you have a good-faith belief that the allegedly infringing use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law;
  5. your statement, made under penalty of perjury, affirming that the information in your notice is accurate and that you are authorized to act on the copyright owner’s behalf; and
  6. an electronic or physical signature of the copyright owner or someone authorized on the owner’s behalf to assert infringement of copyright and to submit the statement.

Limitation on Liability

The Association, its employees, agents, officers, and directors will not be liable for any incidental, direct, indirect, punitive, actual, consequential, special, exemplary, or other damages, including loss of revenue or income, pain and suffering, emotional distress, or similar damages, even if any of such persons has been advised of the possibility of such damages. If you are dissatisfied with the website, any materials, products, or services on the site, or with any of the site’s terms and conditions, your sole and exclusive remedy is to discontinue using the site.

If, notwithstanding the foregoing, the Association is found liable in any legal proceeding, its aggregate liability shall not exceed US$100.00.


You will indemnify and hold the Association, its subsidiaries, affiliates, licensors, content providers, service providers, employees, agents, officers, directors, members, and contractors (the “Indemnified Parties”) harmless from any breach of these Terms of Use by you, including any use of Content other than as expressly authorized in these Terms of Use. You agree that the Indemnified Parties will have no liability in connection with any such breach or unauthorized use, and you agree to indemnify any and all resulting loss, damages, judgments, awards, costs, expenses, and attorneys’ fees of the Indemnified Parties in connection therewith. You will also indemnify and hold the Indemnified Parties harmless from and against any claims brought by third parties arising out of from your use of the website or failure to comply with these Terms of Use, including, without limitation, your submission of content that violates third party rights or applicable laws.

Controlling Law; Forum Selection

These Terms shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the District of Columbia, without regard to conflicts principles. A court of competent jurisdiction in the District of Columbia shall be the exclusive forum for the resolution of any dispute between you and the Association, and you irrevocably consent to the personal and subject matter jurisdiction, and venue, of such court.


The provisions of these Terms of Use are intended to be severable. If for any reason any provision of these Terms of Use shall be unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severed from these Terms of Use and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.

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