Indoor Tanning Association — Political Action Committee
In addition to our other services, the ITA has formed a Political Action Committee (PAC) to advocate on behalf of the indoor tanning industry at the federal level.
ITA Members may make a contribution to the ITA’s PAC by completing our contribution form (PDF) and mailing or faxing it to the ITA at the address listed on the form.
Following is an overview of the ITA’s PAC, with answers to frequently asked questions.
What is a PAC?
A “PAC” (short for “Political Action Committee”) is a legal entity formed for the purpose of participating in the federal electoral process by supporting or opposing federal candidates, usually through campaign contributions to the candidates’ committees. PACs must raise funds from individuals because federal law prohibits trade associations from making contributions to federal candidates.
Why did ITA start a PAC?
In an effort to create a unified voice for the industry, the ITA decided to form a PAC to educate and make financial contributions to federal candidates who support the public policies that are important to the ITA’s members.
Who can contribute?
The ITA can accept PAC contributions from the association’s members and member companies’ executive and managerial personnel (those individuals with supervisory responsibility who are paid a salary rather than hourly) and their spouses. Individuals may only use personal and not corporate funds for PAC contributions.
How much can one contribute?
Individuals may contribute up to $5,000 annually to the ITA PAC. The PAC is currently permitted to make contributions of up to $5,000 to each federal candidate, per election (i.e., $ 5,000 for the primary and $ 5,000 for the general election).
Are there any contributions that are not allowed?
The following contributions are prohibited:
1. Contributions from foreign nationals: Neither foreign national individuals nor foreign corporations may contribute to PACs. Individuals who are permanent legal residents (formerly known as “green card” holders) are permitted to make PAC contributions.
2. Contributions in the name of another person: Individuals may not make PAC contributions, then accept reimbursement from another person at a later date. Similarly, a corporation may not reimburse its employees for contributions to the PAC.
3. Federal contractors may not establish a PAC and individuals who have independent contracts with the Federal government are prohibited from making PAC contributions.