CPA/PAC, the Society's political action committee, is an important part of OSCPA's successful legislative track record.
Without members' financial support, CPA/PAC will be unable to continue the stellar track record it has achieved in the past. PACs are nothing more than a group of individuals who decide to pool their financial resources and help elect supportive candidates to public office. PACs are a fact of life in the political process. CPA/PAC gives you the opportunities to ensure that your profession's best interests are represented.
I pay my dues. Isn't that enough?
Federal and State election laws prohibit the use of member dues for political contributions. Funds for political contributions must be raised separately from Society funds. Contributions from S corporations and C corporations are not permitted by Ohio law.
I don't believe in buying votes.
Neither does CPA/PAC. In addition to supporting candidates, political contributions simply help an organization get "a foot in the door" for communication purposes. Like you, a senator's or representative's schedule is extremely busy. We, the accounting profession, must compete with the dozens of other groups around the Statehouse for an opportunity to voice our concerns. It's only human that an elected official would be more likely to schedule an appointment with a supportive group as opposed to one he or she doesn't know. If CPA/PAC ever tried to "buy" a vote, our effectiveness and credibility would evaporate immediately.
Who decides which candidate to support?
Your fellow CPAs who serve on Ohio CPA/PAC's Board of Trustees. These trustees, from cities across the state, are responsible for establishing policy and determining how CPA/PAC will distribute contributions. Recipients are selected on their voting record, stance on issues of importance to the accounting profession, legislative committee assignments, working relationship with OSCPA, position within legislature, financial need, and ability to be elected.
If you have more questions about CPA/PAC, send an email to the governmental affairs department.