NFSA PAC is the Political Action Committee (PAC) of the National Fire Sprinkler Association, the fire sprinkler industry’s leading trade organization. Federal election campaign laws prohibit trade associations from using their general treasury funds to make contributions to federal elections. NFSA PAC makes political contributions to candidates for federal office using personal, non-corporate funds contributed by individuals of member companies. NFSA PAC is registered with the Federal Election Commission as a 501 (c)6 PAC and operates with the strict conformity of federal election campaign laws.
How does the fire sprinkler industry benefit from PAC contributions?
By supporting NFSA PAC, members of the National Fire Sprinkler Association can join together to help elect candidates to Congress who understand the important role automatic fire sprinkler systems play in a comprehensive public fire safety program, who share our concerns about public fire safety and who listen to our views on issues affecting the fire sprinkler industry. Successful passage of the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act of 2010 continues to be among the highest priorities and first consideration of NFSA PAC.
Who can contribute to NFSA PAC?
All executive and administrative personnel of the member corporations of NFSA may contribute to NFSA PAC after approval has been obtained for that calendar year. All contributions must be personal, not corporate. Contributing to NFSA PAC is a voluntary decision. In accordance with the law, NFSA PAC may accept contribution from U.S. citizens only. NFSA will not give any advantage or disadvantage if any person decides to contribute or not.
What is the Prior Approval form?
Federal law requires NFSA PAC to obtain written authorization from a member company prior to soliciting contributions to the PAC. Only executive, administrative personnel, stockholders and the families of corporate members may be solicited by NFSA PAC. The Federal Election Commission defines executive and administrative personnel as "employees who are paid on a salary (rather than hourly) basis and who have policymaking, managerial, professional or supervisory responsibilities,” Unlike other classes of PAC’s, federal law limits each company from granting permission to solicit PAC contributions to one trade association per calendar year.
The Prior Approval form to be filled out by an authorized representative of the company will allow NFSA PAC to solicit managers and executives of your company for personal contributions. These solicitations will be made by mail, email, or during NFSA meetings. Completing the authorization form does not obligate you in any way to support or contribute to NFSA PAC and you may withdraw your permission at any time. Download the Form HERE. Return completed Prior Approval form to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 845.878.4215.
What is the maximum an individual can contribute to a PAC?
Individuals can contribute up to $5,000 per calendar year. Federal law prohibits contributions in excess of $5,000 per year to a single political action committee. Contributions are not tax-deductible.