An important part of NATO’s role as an advocate of the theatrical exhibition industry is to educate lawmakers on Capitol Hill with regard to important industry issues. NATO’s Political Action Committee (NATOPAC) greatly enhances the association’s efforts to ensure its voice is heard by key lawmakers. NATOPAC’s purpose is to work within the federal election process to further the goals of the exhibition industry through direct involvement in supporting and opposing candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. NATOPAC currently is governed by four board members appointed by NATO’s Executive Board. The NATOPAC board members work with NATO to promote political involvement among the exhibition industry and assist in raising PAC funds. Members of this board also approve all donations to candidates based on established guidelines, such as voting records of incumbents.
Per Federal Election Commission (FEC) regulations, trade association PACs like NATOPAC must obtain permission (prior approval) from a corporate member’s primary contact for the association before soliciting their executive employees for contributions. The primary contact is defined as one of the representatives of the corporation with whom the trade association normally communicates. Federal election law permits a corporation to authorize only one trade association to solicit its employees during a calendar year. Granting prior approval does not obligate you or your colleagues to make donations to NATOPAC.
If your company wishes to grant prior approval for the current year plus up to four consecutive additional years, please complete the NATOPAC Prior Approval Form below to grant NATOPAC authorization to solicit your company’s executive staff. If you have any questions, contact Esther Baruh at (202) 962-0973 or [email protected].