ARSA Pushes Back on FEC PAC Solicitation Rules
February 16, 2015
On Feb. 11, ARSA joined Associated Equipment Distributors (AED) and the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) on comments to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) urging repeal of the requirement that trade associations obtain consent from member companies before asking for Political Action Committee (PAC) donations.
The burdensome PAC solicitation consent mandate is constitutionally suspect because it impedes an association’s ability to communicate with its members but does nothing to further the government’s anti-corruption interest. PACs are subject to many regulations that ensure transparency in fundraising activities and guarantee donations come from permissible sources. These existing regulatory requirements achieve the government’s anti-corruption interest without limiting an association’s communications resources.
The association will continue to fight burdensome federal regulations, wherever they appear. In the meantime, grant PAC solicitation consent, while it’s still needed, by clicking here.
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