Approved by the AFSA Governing Board on 9/20/17.
The AFSA-PAC was created by the Governing Board of the American Foreign Service Association to further AFSA's goal of making the U.S. Foreign Service a more effective agent of United States international leadership. AFSA-PAC does this by supporting the reelection of Senators and Representatives who support a strong, effective Foreign Service.
The primary objectives of AFSA-PAC are:
The PAC shall have three officers: the Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, and Keeper of Records. The AFSA Governing Board shall elect all three officers by majority vote for a term of two years. The AFSA Governing Board may replace these officers. All PAC officers must be registered with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC).
The PAC Treasurer must be a retiree AFSA member in good standing. The Assistant Treasurer may be any retiree AFSA member in good standing or an employee of AFSA. The Keeper of Records shall be an employee of AFSA.
The Treasurer and the registered Assistant Treasurer are responsible for:
In the absence of the Treasurer, the Assistant Treasurer of the PAC may perform the duties assigned to the Treasurer.
The PAC shall be governed by a committee consisting of retiree or associate AFSA members in good standing and the PAC Treasurer. The AFSA Governing Board will elect committee members by majority vote.
The committee is empowered to take actions necessary to pursue the objectives of the PAC. The committee will work in consultation with the AFSA Governing Board. The responsibilities of the committee include:
The AFSA Governing Board may, by majority vote, overrule any action taken by the PAC committee.
The PAC has the right to solicit contributions from AFSA members at any time. The PAC will not knowingly solicit contributions from an active duty AFSA member at his or her government office.
The PAC shall not solicit non-members or use any method of solicitation prohibited by federal election laws.
100 percent of the funds disbursed by the PAC shall come from voluntary contributions made to the PAC. The PAC may not access or disburse money generated by membership dues paid to AFSA, or any other general treasury funds of the Association.
All contributions must be registered with the date of receipt as well as the donor's name and address. Contributions aggregating over two hundred dollars ($200.00) from a single donor in one calendar year must also include the donor's occupation and employer. The Keeper of Records and the Treasurer are responsible for obtaining this information when it is not readily provided by the donor.
The PAC may not knowingly accept contributions from foreign nationals, or other contributions prohibited by law. The PAC may not knowingly accept contributions in excess of the limits established by federal election laws.
The PAC shall not make contributions or disbursements related to candidates in state, county, or municipal/local elections. The PAC shall not make contributions or disbursements related to presidential elections. The PAC shall not make contributions or disbursements related to referenda on issues. The PAC shall not make any contributions or disbursements to a political party's national, state, or district committees.
The PAC may contribute to the campaign committees of incumbent and non-incumbent candidates running for seats in the United States Senate and House of Representatives.
Contributions made by the PAC shall be divided equally between candidates of the two major political parties during each election cycle, defined as beginning Jan. 1 following an election and ending Dec. 31 of the next election year. This balance will be confirmed on a semi-annual basis, with additional contributions made if needed to maintain balance. This equal division of funds shall be verifiable in public records of PAC transactions released by the FEC. The maintenance of equality is measured in dollars, not in the number of candidates receiving money from the PAC.
If the PAC decides to make contributions to candidates of a third party, or candidates running independent of party affiliation, these contributions shall not affect the equal division of funds between the two major political parties.
The PAC will not make disbursements to candidates that exceed the limits established by federal election laws. Federal election laws limit PAC contributions to $5,000 for a candidate’s primary election and $5,000 for his/her general election.
The direct and administrative costs of PAC activities may be paid for either from AFSA treasury funds as budgeted or from money received in contributions to the PAC.
This PAC guidance may be amended by majority vote of the AFSA Governing Board.