Ever wonder why SMACNA keeps asking you to sign a political action committee prior approval form before we ask you for a contribution to SMAC PAC (Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ Political Action Committee)? It’s because we follow the precise letter-of-the-law when it comes to campaign finance laws—no one ever wants to be on the wrong side of federal election law!
Federal election laws require trade association political action committees like SMAC PAC to have a signed prior approval authorization form on file before they can solicit their own members for a PAC contribution. An authorized SMACNA member may sign the prior approval form on behalf of his or her company which allows SMAC PAC to solicit and accept contributions from other executive and managerial employees and families. While the law does require a separate signature every year, it also allows members to sign for five years at a time on one form.
This is an onerous requirement in terms of recordkeeping and fundraising efforts and we believe your time could be better spent focused on issues important to our industry instead of filling out tedious and unnecessary paperwork.
To reform the process, SMACNA has been part of a major coalition with 116 members known as PARC, the Prior Approval Reform Coalition, to repeal the prior approval requirement. Recently, SMACNA joined 25 PARC member representatives visiting approximately 100 Congressional offices seeking support for the repeal bill, H.R. 2101, the Prior Approval Reform Act.
The Capitol Hill visits made for a successful day with a number of new cosponsors added, each moving us closer to a repeal vote. SMACNA members and staff will continue its advocacy efforts to move this legislation forward and keep you posted on the legislative progress of H.R. 2101.