CTIA PAC Frequently Asked Questions .
What is CTIA PAC?
- What is CTIA PAC?
- Why does CTIA have a PAC?
- Can’t the association fund political efforts directly?
- Why can’t my membership dues go towards the PAC?
- What criteria does the CTIA PAC use to support federal candidates?
- What information is available about CTIA PAC federal activity?
- Can member company employees contribute to CTIA PAC?
- I’m not a citizen of the U.S., can I participate in CTIA PAC?
What is CTIA PAC?
CTIA PAC is the political action committee established by CTIA. The CTIA PAC is non-partisan and supports federal candidates running for office. The purpose of the CTIA PAC is to support candidates who are leaders on wireless issues.
Why does CTIA have a PAC?
Direct support of candidates strengthens the wireless industry’s voice and brings long-term benefits to all CTIA members by defending the wireless industry’s interests in Washington, D.C. Candidates running for federal office who understand the wireless industry’s issues make more informed decisions when developing public policy.
Can’t the association fund political efforts directly?
By law, trade associations like CTIA cannot provide direct corporate contributions to federal candidates; however, the law permits trade associations to establish a PAC that collects voluntary contributions from permissible sources to provide support to candidates seeking election to federal office.
Why can’t my membership dues go towards the PAC?
Federal election rules do not allow campaigns to accept contributions from corporations, labor organizations or national banks. As a result, CTIA cannot allocate any membership dues to the CTIA PAC.
What criteria does the CTIA PAC use to support federal candidates?
CTIA PAC meets at the beginning of every year to approve a budget for the PAC that is consistent with the Republican and Democrat ratios in the House of Representatives and Senate. Contribution decisions are then guided by:
- Candidates who are leaders on wireless issues including those currently on committees of jurisdiction as well as congressional leadership.
What information is available about CTIA PAC federal activity?
Information on the CTIA PAC receipts and federal contribution activity is publically available on the Federal
Election Commission website at https://www.fec.gov/data/committees. CTIA PAC files monthly disclosure reports on the 20th of every month.
You can search CTIA PAC’s activity two ways:
- CTIA Official PAC Name: CTIA – THE WIRELESS ASSOCIATION POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
- CTIA FEC Identification Number: C00262295
Can member company employees contribute to CTIA PAC?
Trade associations must have a signed prior approval authorization form from its member companies in order to solicit their eligible employees for voluntary PAC contributions. Eligible employees are defined as executive and administrative personnel who are paid by salary, rather than hourly basis, and who have policymaking, managerial, professional, and supervisory responsibilities. Importantly, a company can only authorize one trade association PAC per calendar year. Granting the CTIA PAC prior approval authorization does not obligate you or your eligible employees to contribute to the CTIA PAC.
I’m not a citizen of the U.S., can I participate in CTIA PAC?
No, you must be a U.S. citizen*, U.S. national, or residing in the U.S. as a lawful permanent resident (green card holder). If you do not fall into one of these three categories you are considered a “foreign national” and are prohibited from participating in any aspect of the CTIA PAC.
* Individuals with dual citizenship may participate in CTIA PAC.
To find out if you are eligible, please contact Liz Seidel at (202) 736-3652 or LSeidel@ctia.org.