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NARFE-PAC Information

NARFE-PAC Questions & Answers


Q: What is a PAC?


A: PAC stands for Political Action Committee, a committee chartered to 
administer, disburse and disclose funds contributed voluntarily and used
solely for political purposes. The four elected national resident officers
of NARFE constitute NARFE's Political Action Committee (NARFE-PAC). The
Committee is responsible for the final decision on which candidates for 
the House and Senate will receive NARFE-PAC contributions. NARFE-PAC does
not directly employ any personnel.

Q: Why do we have a NARFE-PAC?

A: NARFE-PAC helps fund the political arm of our organization in Washington
whose sole purpose is to protect the benefits of individuals with a vested
interest in the civilian retirement systems of the federal government. 
NARFE-PAC helps elect Senators and Representatives who are sympathetic to
the concerns of federal retirees and who support fair and equitable federal
retirement programs. Whether your interest is:
    - guaranteed full funding for retirement benefits,
    - fighting proposed reductions in those benefits, or
    - ensuring that adequate health benefits are available to annuitants,
NARFE-PAC is the political action committee that works for you.
 
Q: What factors are considered when deciding whether to contribute to a
particular candidate?

A: Four main factors are examined when deciding whether to contribute to
a particular candidate. They are:
    1. If the candidate is an incumbent, what has been his/her voting 
    record on issues of concern to federal retirees? Many challengers 
    will submit statements outlining their views on matters vital to our 
    interests.
    2. The influence which a legislator can exert in support of NARFE
    goals. Does the legislator hold an assignment on a committee that deals
    with our issues? Is the legislator in party leadership position?
    3. The degree of communications among candidates and NARFE members, 
    chapters, federations and lobbyists. Is the legislator willing to 
    consider our views, even if there is not 100 percent agreement?
    4.  Does the candidate have a chance to win? Also, does the candidate
    face little or no opposition, or does the candidate already have 
    sufficient campaign funds?

Q: What is the role of NARFE Federations and Chapters in the PAC decision-
   making process?

A: NARFE-PAC is among the most democratic political action committees in 
the country. Each state has a NARFE-PAC Coordinator designated by the 
Federation President. The State NARFE-PAC Coordinator is advised of and
has an opportunity to comment upon each request for PAC contributions 
from candidates from his or her state. In this manner, the NARFE-PAC 
Committee in Washington receives input from the membership on the requesting
candidate. This input is an important factor in the decisions process of 
the NARFE- PAC Committee.

Q: Who decides which candidates will receive NARFE-PAC contributions, and 
how much?

A: After reviewing all of the factors outlined above, the final decisions
concerning NARFE-PAC recipients and contribution amounts are made in 
Washington by the NARFE-PAC officers, after consultation with the 
legislative staff.
Under the purview of the Legislative Department, a computer profile is 
maintained on all incumbent members of Congress, which includes past voting
records, support during the current Congress, committee memberships, and 
NARFE-PAC coordinator continents, along with other pertinent data. 
Information on challenging candidates requesting NARFE-PAC assistance is
also entered into the computer for purposes of review and decision. 
After reviewing all the data on requesting candidates, along with the 
comments from the field, decisions are made. Since final determinations 
are based on the overall view of the national association, local and 
regional interests may not be totally fulfilled by each and every decision;
however, input from the respective state NARFE-PAC Coordinator is always 
given full consideration in the decision-making process.

Q: Is there a limit on the amount an individual can contribute to NARFE-PAC?
Is there a limit on the amount NARFE-PAC can contribute to a candidate?


A: Yes, to both questions. According to the linu'ts specified in the Federal
Election Campaign Act, administered and regulated by the Federal Election 
Commission:
    -An individual's contribution to a PAC, or PACs cannot exceed $5,000 per
    calendar year. 
    -Individuals can also contribute, under separate limitations, to specific
    candidates, and national political party committees, with a $25,000 per 
    calendar year contributions limit to any combination  of the above.

NARFE-PAC contributions to individual candidates are limited to $5,000 per 
election (primary, general, run-off and special elections each qualify as an
election). In addition, NARFE-PAC can contribute up to $15,000 per calendar
year to a national party committee (such as the Republican or Democratic
National Committee), and up to $5,000 per calendar year to a political 
committee other than an authorized candidate's committee or a national party
committee (Republican and Democratic Senatorial or House Campaign  Committees
would fall into this category).

Q: What are the rules governing NARFE chapters participating in NARFE-PAC?

A: Many NARFE chapters have expressed interest in taking up collections for 
NARFE-PAC at chapter meetings. This is encouraged. But keep in mind that all
political action comniittees such as NARFE-PAC are governed by strict 
regulations that are enforced by the Federal Elections Commission.  Therefore,
it is critical that NARFE chapters carefully follow the guidelines outlined
below if and when collecting contributions for NARFE-PAC.

CRITICAL RULES:

    1. Only NARFE members and their families may be asked to give to NARFE-PAC.
    2. Do not use commercial transactions such as bake sales or raffles to raise
    money. These techniques are to be avoided because the regulations governing
    these transactions are complex and the possibility of violating them is
    great.
    3. When requesting contributions, make it clear that they are voluntary. 
    Coercion or undue persuasion cannot be used when requesting PAC contribu-
    tions.
    4. According to the Internal Revenue Code, a statement must be made that 
    the NARFE-PAC contributions are not tax-deductible.
    5. Chapter or Federation funds are not permitted a contributions
    to NARFE-PAC.
    All contributions must be separate, voluntary contributions from NARFE members
    or their families.
    6. When all the cash contributions are collected, the money may be sent to 
    Washington in the form of a cashier's check or money order made payable to 
    NARFE-PAC. Individual contributions in the form of personal checks payable
    to NARFE-PAC can accompany the cashier's check or money order. Checks from 
    Federation or Chapter accounts may not be used to transmit NARFE-PAC 
    contributions.
    7. If the collection is made at a chapter or federation meeting, the 
    contribution must be received by NARFE-PAC in Washington no later that 30
    days after the collection. Accompanying the contribution must be a record
    identifying the name of the event, the date, and the total amount collected.
    Cash contributions collected and transmitted in a single cashiers check or
    money order cannot be credited to each contributor's individual 
    record, and can only be credited to the chapter.
    8. Any individual contribution exceeding $50 must be accompanied by the 
    contributor's name, address, and the amount and the date of the contribution.
    This contribution must be received by NARFE-PAC in Washington within 10 days 
    of collection of the contribution.
    9. Any individual contribution exceeding $200 must be accompanied by the 
    contributor's name,  address, amount, the date of the contribution, and the
    occupation and name of his/her employer if he/she is currently employed. This
    contribution must be received by NARFE-PAC in Washington within 10 days of 
    receiving the contribution.

Q: How do I contribute to NARFE-PAC?

A: Simply send a check payable to "NARFE-PAC" to:
                      NARFE-PAC
                      Attn: Budget and Finance
                      606 North Washington Street
                      Alexandria, VA 22314

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