NANA POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
The Political Action Committee (PAC) is the ONLY legal way for NANA to make contributions to political candidates and help elect lawmakers who understand NANA’s issues. It is against the law to use member dues for support of election campaigns or candidates. [And, PAC dollars can ONLY be used for these purposes. It is illegal to use PAC dollars to pay for lobbyists, fund other legislative or regulatory advocacy expenses, or support general association operations or programs.]
NANA PAC funds are used to support candidates for elective state offices. Decisions on who receives money are made by the association’s legislative volunteers, PAC leadership, and lobbyists. Member input is always welcome regarding candidates who should receive funds.
PAC contributions allow us to send a uniform message to candidates and it is the pooled resources from our members that enable us to have a strong, influential voice on your behalf. We need everyone to share in this effort.
People can contribute to candidates individually, but candidates don’t necessarily know why……they don’t know what specific issues are important to you. When PACs contribute on behalf of your profession, the candidates know exactly what issues are important to the people who gave the PAC funds. There is an ‘issue message’ that is inherently part of every PAC contribution.
PAC contributions in Nebraska go to candidates in almost all legislative races. We are conveying issue messages to ALL the lawmakers who determine your future. There are 49 lawmakers in Nebraska who make the rules we practice under, but individuals typically only contribute to a few candidates at best. Without the PAC, you have influence with only a couple of legislators.