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CEO DATELINE – Business PAC association blasts anti-PAC pledges

Nov. 8, 2018
By Walt Williams

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Numerous candidates for office spent the 2018 campaign season refusing to accept contributions from corporate and trade group political action committees, and now the association representing those PACs says such “attacks” are bad for democracy.

The National Association of Business Political Action Committees issued a statement Wednesday calling for an end to what it characterized as a “misleading and unfortunate characterization of our campaign system.” PACs, the group said, are “an essential part of our democratic process.”

“Employees and association members choose to participate in PACs because they want their collective voices heard on the public policy issues that face their industry,” NABPAC said. “When a politician says that he or she doesn’t want to accept money from corporate and trade association PACs, what they mean is they refuse to accept campaign contributions from hardworking Americans.”

Nearly 200 federal candidates swore off corporate and trade association PAC money in the recent elections. Most of the refusals came from Democrats, who will take control of the U.S. House of Representatives in January.

NABPAC argues that, counter to critics’ clams, PACs make democracy more inclusive.

“They represent democracy in action by providing the opportunity for more people to effectively participate in the democratic process,” the group said.

NABPAC represents more than 240 business and association PACs.