What is a Political Action Committee?
A political action committee (PAC for short) is an organization that represents individuals who band together to work for the election of selected political candidates. The purpose of the PAC-T is to provide financial support to legislative and statewide candidates who are identified as friends of the broadband industry. PAC-T does not make contributions to candidates for federal office.
Why should I contribute to PAC-T?
There is strength in numbers, by combining our individual contributions, we can let State and legislative candidates know that we care about the future of rural North Dakotans. By adding your contribution to others from rural telecom industry, we can help and promote candidates who recognize the importance of a strong independent telephone industry. As competition continues to expand, more regulatory hearings are held and issues come before the legislature, it has never been more important to support our industry.
How will my contribution be used?
Contributions received by PAC-T are used to provide financial support to legislative and statewide candidates who support rural broadband issues and recognize the importance of our commitment to the people of rural North Dakota. Funds may also be used for funding BAND legislative events.
Who Runs PAC-T?
A committee, consisting of representatives from each member of BAND, maintains and administers PAC-T. They implement fundraising strategies and determine how to best allocate PAC-T resources. The committee works closely with BAND’s Executive Director, meets with elected officials and evaluates candidates to gather input, and makes recommendations that advance the interests of our rural broadband industry.
Can I spread my contribution over several pay periods?
Yes. One way to make your contribution even easier is through automatic payroll deduction. Simply mark the appropriate box on this brochure, and a small amount will be withheld from your paycheck.
Do I have to contribute to PAC-T?
Absolutely not. PAC-Tis strictly a volunteer organization and memberships are not secured by physical force, job discrimination of financial reprisal. Everyone has the right to refuse to contribute without any reprisal or threat of reprisal. However, the rural broadband industry is changing rapidly. Competition for our customer base is coming from all angles and we need to be prepared for it. Some of the issues will be decided by the legislature, some by the Public Service Commission, and still others by other state agencies. Your contribution will help elect candidates who understand how their decisions will affect people like you and me.