AARST has established a Political Action Committee (PAC) for the benefit of the membership, to help elect political candidates who understand and appreciate the need for federal policies to reduce risk of radon-induced lung cancer. Having a PAC elevates AARST’s status as a policy advocate in Washington DC. It allows AARST to contribute funds to the campaigns of candidates whose policies and interests are aligned with AARST and its membership with respect to radon testing and mitigation. The PAC gives AARST a political capability to complement its congressional and federal agency capabilities.
What is a Political Action Committee – PAC?
A PAC is an entity established under law that allows groups of individuals to pool funds to support the election of candidates for political office and for other election-related purposes. This pooling mechanism allows people with common interests – such as members of a trade association – to concentrate and magnify their impact in supporting candidates for office.
Are membership contributions to the PAC required?
No. Member contributions to the PAC are entirely voluntary and are not a condition of membership. However, only members of AARST may contribute to/participate in the AARST Radon PAC. It is a privilege of membership in AARST. AARST invites its members to participate, but there is no consequence to not participating.
How much can I contribute to the PAC?
Individuals may contribute up to $5,000 annually to a PAC. Federal law requires a PAC to report the name, address, occupation and employer for each contributor who gives $200 or more in a calendar year.
Can my company contribute to the PAC?
No. Only individuals, sole, proprietors, and LLCs that are not taxed as corporations may contribute to AARST Radon PAC. The PAC cannot solicit, or receive contributions from member corporations, which include group AARST memberships and incorporated businesses (whether paying for individual or group AARST memberships). However, the executive and administrative employees of a member corporation may contribute as individuals. Please note: Member corporations, including any entity that is incorporated and that paid for one or more AARST memberships, must complete an Authorization Form, available from the AARST Radon PAC, before the PAC may solicit, or accept donations from, executive and administrative personnel of that member corporation. The Authorization Form is available from the AARST Radon PAC Treasurer or on the AARST website.
How can I make a contribution to the PAC?
Personal checks payable to “AARST Radon PAC” may be sent to the AARST office at 527 N. Justice Street, Hendersonville, NC 28739. A contribution by personal credit card also will be accepted.
Are contributions to the PAC tax deductible?
As with all political contributions, contributions to the PAC are not tax deductible.
Where can I get more information?
Contact Carolyn Koke, Treasurer, at email@example.com or telephone 334-826-0356.