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PAC FAQs

What is a PAC?

PAC stands for Political Action Committee. PAC’s are established and administered by corporations, labor unions, membership organizations or trade associations. These committees can solicit contributions from individuals associated with the connected or sponsoring organization. Pennsylvania state law prohibits corporate contributions.

Frequently Asked Question about PennPsyPAC (click on the question below to be directed to the answer you are seeking):

Background on PennPsyPAC

How can I contribute?

Why contribute to PennPsyPAC?

Do PPA membership dues pay for PennPsyPAC?

Who contributes to PennPsyPAC?

Who decides which candidates should receive PennPsyPAC financial support?

How will I know what happens to my contribution?

Can I claim an income tax credit or deduction for my contribution?

What if I already give directly to candidates?

Will you give to a political party I do not support?

What if I cannot afford it?


Background on PennPsyPAC

PennPsyPAC is the Pennsylvania Psychological Association’s bipartisan political action committee, the purpose of which is to contribute to candidates seeking elective office who believe in public access to psychological services.

PennPsyPAC is governed by a board of directors consisting of volunteer psychologists in Pennsylvania, including a chairman and treasurer.

PennPsyPAC can receive individual contributions and contributions from other PACs. Corporate contributions are strictly prohibited.

The funds raised from psychologists across Pennsylvania are pooled. They are then used as political contributions to incumbents or candidates.  PennPsyPAC contributes to candidates for the Pennsylvania General Assembly and some statewide offices that have been supportive of mental health issues.

Contributions to PennPsyPAC are not deductible for state or federal tax purposes.

How can I contribute?

Individuals have two ways to contribute to PennPsyPAC:

-Personal check

-Personal credit card

Why contribute to PennPsyPAC?

Pennsylvania psychologists are directly impacted by laws developed by elected officials. The financial support provided by PennPsyPAC helps to elect more candidates supportive of our agenda. PennPsyPAC contributes to candidates who believe in access to psychological services for every Pennsylvanian.

Pennsylvania psychologists need a strong PAC. Moreover, campaigns are expensive. Contributions assist candidates in their re-election efforts, keeping legislators friendly to mental health issues in office.

Do PPA membership dues pay for PennPsyPAC?

No. By law, the Pennsylvania Psychological Association cannot make contributions on your behalf.  Psychologists must make all political contributions personally and voluntarily.

Who contributes to PennPsyPAC?

PennPsyPAC receives voluntary contributions from PPA members, and occasionally, other PACs.

Who decides which candidates should receive PennPsyPAC financial support?

Members of the PAC Board of Directors make the final decision on candidate contributions.  The Board considers recommendations from PPA members. In selecting which candidates should receive PAC contributions, votes on key issues are considered.

How will I know what happens to my contribution?

It is important to note that the contributions PennPsyPAC makes are not confidential! We make every effort to promote transparency and provide a list of all endorsed candidates on the PAC portion of the PPA website.

By law, PennPsyPAC contributions are also public record.

Can I claim an income tax credit or deduction for my contribution?

No. Political contributions are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income taxes.

What if I already give directly to candidates?

That is great—you should!  But, you should also give to the PennPsyPAC.   The PennPsyPAC represents the unified voice of psychology in Pennsylvania. The pooling of contributions from many psychologists allows PennPsyPAC to make one large contribution to a candidate on behalf of psychology in Pennsylvania.

Will you give to a political party I do not support?

PennPsyPAC is a bipartisan political action committee, and PPA’s membership is active in both political parties.  PennPsyPAC does not support candidates just because of their party affiliation. The PAC considers the integrity and character of the candidate; his/her leadership position and committee assignment; demonstrated interest in and support of mental health issues; and the opposition he/she faces in an upcoming election.

What if I cannot afford it?

Any contribution you can make is greatly appreciated.  Your participation in the campaign fund is more important than the amount you give. But remember, your contribution goes to support candidates who work for public access to psychological services — psychologists cannot afford to stay on the sidelines.

 

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