What Is A PAC?
A Political Action Committee (PAC) is the popular term for a political committee that is organized for the purpose of raising and spending money to elect and defeat candidates for public office. A PAC can represent business, labor or ethnic interests and be organized as a connected (separate segregated fund) or as a non-connected committee. According to FEC guidelines, a PAC must register within 10 days of its formation and provide the names and addresses for the PAC officials and members and any connected organization.
Do Iranian Americans need A PAC?
Iranian American accomplishments have been both significant and numerous. Today, there are successful Iranian Americans in almost every walk of life in American society. Iranian Americans have excelled in law, medicine, education, art, the media and sports. However, there is one area in which Iranian American achievement is lacking - that is the political arena. The reality of the American political system is that it is dependent on financial contributions. PACs are playing an ever increasing and significant role in the American electoral system because they allow communities to pool their resources for maximum impact. According to the FEC, PACs contributed $220 million to federal candidates in the 1997-1998 election cycle. With the passage of the McCain-Feingold Act covering campaign contributions, the importance of PACs and of ethnic groups such as the Iranian American community becomes significantly enhanced.
Is IAPAC affiliated with the government of Iran?
No! IAPAC has no relationship with the Islamic Republic of Iran. IAPAC is political action committee focused on the needs of our community in the United States and is not focused on U.S. policy towards Iran, establishing ties with or legitimizing the government of Iran.
It goes without saying that the vast majority if not all Iranian Americans strongly promote and hope for a free and democratic Iran. However, we have seen time and again that as soon as foreign policy issues are raised, great divisions appear within the community.