The IATSE established the IATSE Political Action Committee (“IATSE-PAC”), a federal political action committee designed to support candidates for federal office who promote the interests of the members of the IATSE and its locals and to support a federal legislative and administrative agenda to benefit those members.
Labor organizations are prohibited from contributing to the campaigns of candidates for federal office. Most prominent labor organizations have established separately segregated funds (commonly known as a PAC) which may make voluntary campaign contributions to federal candidates and seek contributions to the PAC from union members. The federal law expressly allows unions to solicit voluntary contributions from members for their federal PACs.
The time has come for the IATSE’s members to become more involved in shaping the federal legislative and administrative process. Congress and the White House play increasingly important roles in the industries in which IATSE members work. For too long, PAC’s of major entertainment corporations such as film and television production corporations, motion picture exhibitors, theatrical production and trade show industry companies have been the only entertainment industry contributors to federal candidates. The concerns and interests of IATSE members must also be heard and considered by federal lawmakers.
Only members of the IATSE may contribute to the IATSE-PAC. The IATSE-PAC screens all contributions for compliance with this restriction, and contributions from other persons will be returned. Contributors must be United States citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States. The IATSE-PAC may not accept contributions from corporate accounts.