ACEC is committed to expanding the reach of ACEC/PAC and making it
one of the leading trade association PACs in the country. The Federal
Election Commission does require ACEC/PAC to seek your approval before
soliciting you to contribute to the consulting engineers industry's
primary political action committee. Prior authorization is critical to
increasing the consulting engineering industry's voice in Washington,
Q: What is "Prior Approval" and why do I/my firm need to sign
A: The Federal Election Commission (FEC) requires our political
action committee to obtain written approval from ACEC members before it
may solicit and accept contributions from employees of the member firm.
Only one approval form is required per firm. Granting Prior Approval
does not obligate the firm or its employees to support the PAC – it
simply gives ACEC permission to communicate in much greater detail about
the PAC to certain employees (a member's owners/principals, managers,
professional engineers, and other salaried, exempt employees under the
Fair Labor Standards Act) and the role it plays in advancing and
protecting the industry's interests in Washington.
Q: Can anyone from the firm sign the Prior Approval form?
A: Prior Approval may be granted by anyone so authorized by the firm.
This includes the firm's chief executive or the owner/principal, but may
also include those designated to represent the firm at ACEC state and
Q: Will ACEC/PAC directly solicit employees at my firm?
A: That's up to you. By signing a Prior Approval form, you could
allow ACEC to solicit all principals and senior executives in your firm,
or only certain individuals in the firm. You could also give ACEC
approval, but request that no solicitations be made to firm employees,
and ACEC will honor the request.
Q: Why should a firm sign a Prior Approval form?
A: In practical terms, granting Prior Approval allows firm employees
who wish to support ACEC/PAC the ability to do so, since ACEC/PAC cannot
accept contributions without a signed Prior Approval form. Because
ACEC/PAC is the engineering industry's biggest and most effective tool
for helping to elect House and Senate members that support policies
favorable to the industry. We need the support of every member to ensure
the industry's voice is heard on Capitol Hill.
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