• USINPAC has professionals who spend all their time on Capitol Hill following up on issues of significance. It has policy experts who draft policy papers that provide a thoughtful and fact-based approach to issues. This is favorably viewed on Capitol Hill. Just like a business hires an accounting firm for audit/tax needs, the Indian-American community for all its diversity on issues needs an organization like USINPAC that can provide professional, passionate advocacy, and thoughtful response to issues.
• We pool the political contributions and voices of USINPAC members. Individual efforts are important; however they get fragmented; USINPAC allows the sum of the whole to be bigger than the parts; i.e. Members on the Hill get a sense of our effectiveness by our collective voice and pooling of resources.
• USINPAC provides its members with opportunities to meet with Members of Congress and state their views on key issues. Those who participate in political events and support candidates have many opportunities to get to know those candidates. While such participation does not guarantee a positive outcome, it does ensure that our issues are clearly heard and understood, and more importantly, it shows the Members of Congress that the entire 3.2 million Indian-Americans are behind it and gives the issue more weightage.
• USINPAC is also critical if the community is to effectively oppose candidates who support legislative issues that are not supported by the community; e.g.: unconditional support to financial aid to Pakistan.
• The bottom line is that the USINPAC provides an avenue via which USINPAC members have a stronger political voice and more visibility on both sides of the aisle (Republicans and Democrats).
Sen. Kit Bond (R-MO) commending the Senate’s vote for the Deal said, “Tonight’s vote is a culmination of those efforts which will re-define US-India relations for generations to come and USINPAC should be recognized for the significant work they have done to bring this agreement about.”
When you support a candidate with your personal dollars, that candidate may or may not know why you are making a contribution or which issues are of the utmost importance to you. When your contributions are made via USINPAC, they are clearly identified with an interest that you share with USINPAC. Therefore your contributions are more effective if these are made via an organization like USINPAC.
Remember also that all U.S. Representatives and Senators vote on issues that directly concern you – not just the one that represents your district or state. USINPAC assesses the qualifications of candidates from all over the nation and directs financial support to where it will do the best. We are able to work behind the scenes to do research and gather information via our in house full-time legislative staff that is part of the USINPAC team.
USINPAC can also help you in other ways – e.g. if you are hosting a political event or a fundraiser, USINPAC, where appropriate, will come in and provide you the support that you need through it.
- USINPAC supporter: any amount
- USINPAC Gold committee: $1000
- Leadership Committee: $5000
- National Council: $10000
- Senatorial Club: $15000
- Chairman’s circle: $25000
There are no minimum contributions. The smaller ones, such as $25 or $50 are appreciated as much as other contributions. The maximum calendar year contribution per individual is $5000.
• PACs can give up to $5000 per election cycle (primary/general election) to a congressional candidate; whereas, individuals are currently limited to giving federal candidates $2300 per election.
• By aggregating many small individual contributions, USINPAC leaves a greater impact on the political campaigns than most individuals can – and can get involved in more campaigns at a national level.
• A disadvantage of supporting a candidate with personal dollars, as opposed to PAC dollars, is that the candidate may or may not know why the individual is making the contribution or which issues are most important to the individual. When contributions are made via a PAC, these are clearly identified with the interest that the member shares with the organization.
In the past, the USINPAC has supported
• Indian-American candidates
• Reelection of candidates who have been long time friends of Indian-Americans
• Reelection of candidates who are on key committees that impact issues of importance to the Indian-American community
• Challengers to incumbents who have not been supportive of the Indian-American community
• Candidates/Challengers recommended by our members
• Presidential Candidates
Yes, you may recommend candidates you believe deserve support. Your recommendations should be sent firstname.lastname@example.org. USINPAC considers all recommendations. Keep in mind that all candidates are evaluated according to specific selection criteria.