1. What is a Political Action Committee?

2. Why do North Carolina nurse practitioners need a PAC?

3. Do PAC contributions buy votes?

4. Is NP PAC a membership organization? When I make a contribution do I become a member?

5. What type of candidates does NP PAC support?

6. Are NP PAC contributions tax-deductible?

7. What information must I provide when I make a PAC contribution?

8. May I write a business check for my NP PAC contribution? May I make a cash contribution? May I ‘pass the hat’ at a meeting and send the proceeds to NP PAC? May my regional NP group write a check from our treasury?

9. How do I make a contribution? May I do this online?

10. May I make a monthly credit or debit card contribution?

1. What is a Political Action Committee?

Political Action Committees are special interest groups that financially support the campaigns of individuals running for elected office.

 

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2. Why do North Carolina nurse practitioners need a PAC?

NP practice is established in state law. The state legislature has the authority to change current laws and to create new laws which impact NP practice, the ability of citizens to access NP care, and our ability to be reimbursed by Medicaid, managed care organizations and private insurers.

Legislators must understand NP practice in order to introduce, debate and pass laws that do not restrict our practice or restrict citizens’ full access to nurse practitioner care. To do this effectively they need our help in several ways. They certainly need NPs as a reliable resource about health care in general and our practice in particular. Supportive legislators also need our financial help to win re-election to office. The costs of House and Senate campaigns have become incredibly expensive, well exceeding $100,000 in almost all cases.

Your contribution to NP PAC, combined with the contributions of other NPs, can make a big difference in whether legislators who understand our practice, are willing to listen to us on important issues and who will seek our input early in the process, are able to keep their seats long enough to weigh in effectively on legislation important to us and our patients.

 

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3. Do PAC contributions buy votes?

Absolutely not. But by participating fully in the process nurse practitioners gain access to legislators in the same way other health care professional groups have done with great success for many years. Being more of a ‘known quantity’ will help NPs gain access to legislators at critical times in the legislative process.

 

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4. Is NP PAC a membership organization? When I make a contribution do I become a member?

NP PAC is not a membership organization. There are no dues, meetings or officers other than the treasurer and co-treasurer required by the NC Board of Elections. NP PAC is not intended to replace the NCNA Council of Nurse Practitioners or the NCNA Nurse Ambassadors PAC. NP PAC is an independent entity, not organizationally connected to NCNA. However, NP PAC is another effective way to achieve the Council’s goal of changing the current joint model of NP regulation to the preferred model of sole regulation through the NC Board of Nursing. From its inception NP PAC has shared this goal with the Council.

 

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5. What type of candidates does NP PAC support?

NP PAC is registered with the NC Board of Elections as a state-level PAC. As such, NP PAC contributes to the campaigns of individuals running for state House and Senate, Governor and other Council of State positions. Contribution decisions are made in a non-partisan manner.

 

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6. Are NP PAC contributions tax-deductible?

Political contributions are not tax-deductible. There is a $4000 contribution limit to any one candidate and PACs during each election cycle.

 

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7. What information must I provide when I make a PAC contribution?

North Carolina campaign finance law requires that every PAC contribution be attributed to an identifiable source. Each time you make a contribution you will be asked to provide your:

  • Name
  • Home address
  • Home phone number
  • Occupation or job title
  • Employer

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8. May I write a business check for my NP PAC contribution? May I make a cash contribution? May I ‘pass the hat’ at a meeting and send the proceeds to NP PAC? May my regional NP group write a check from our treasury?

Many of these contribution methods are illegal in North Carolina. Business contributions are expressly prohibited. Although state campaign finance law does allow cash contributions of up to $25, NP PAC prefers not to take cash due to the difficulty of tracking this method of contribution. ‘Passing the hat’ for cash contributions cannot be done because it co-mingles contributions that cannot then be attributed to individuals. Organizational monies (i.e., regional NP funds) cannot be used to make contributions. All PAC contributions must be made by individual personal check, credit card, or debit card.

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9. How do I make a contribution? May I do this online?

NP PAC does not use an online credit card processor in order to avoid high monthly costs and per transaction fees. Complete a Contribution Form, print it mail it to the NP PAC address on the form. If you making a contribution with a personal check, don’t forget to include it in the envelope!

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10. May I make a monthly credit or debit card contribution?

Yes! And if you contribute $25 per month you will become a member of the PAC 300 Club. You may also make a one-time credit or debit card contribution by completing this contribution form.

 

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