In her excellent post on legislation last week, Gloria Jones mentioned donating to the AKC PAC. What is it and why should you give it your hard-earned money?
Okay, first watch this video. It is short and powerful. Don’t Lose What You Love
PAC stands for Political Action Committee and there are tens of thousands of them. Webster’s definition is as good as any: a group that is formed to give money to the political campaigns of people who are likely to make decisions that would benefit the group’s interests. In our case that would be legislators who are dog friendly, help us oppose animal rights legislation, and are willing to help us when we have pro-dog/pro-breeder/pro-responsible-owner proposals.
The AKC PAC is nonpartisan. It collects contributions from individuals in AKC clubs and uses the money to support candidates who defend dog owners’ rights. The PAC’s goal is to strengthen our support for reasonable, enforceable laws that protect the health and welfare of purebred dogs without restricting the rights of breeders and owners who take their responsibilities seriously.
Contributions to this fund are not deductible on federal tax returns and (this is important) clubs cannot donate as organizations. The club can, however, collect donations from individual members and send them to AKC along with the names and addresses of the people who contribute.
This is important too: Contributions come back to Virginia every year in the form of donations to the campaigns of legislators who have been helpful to us. The Federation is contacted by AKC and asked whom we recommend for donations. The check can then be sent to the club in that legislator’s district for presentation by club members. (Note: Great opportunity for good local press!)
You can make a one-time contribution or sign up to donate every month…$10, $25, whatever you can afford. It’s pretty painless when it comes out of your checking account automatically. And remember that your money is going to protect the rights of dog owners in Virginia! Personally, I can’t think of a more worthy cause.
We cannot stress how much these PAC funds mean to us when working with legislators. They remember who their supporters are!
Next meeting you go to, pass the hat (or an envelope) and take up a collection for our dogs.