American Society of Magazine Editors

Frequently Asked Questions about MPA-PAC

What is MPA-PAC?
MPA-PAC is the Magazine Publishers of America Political Action Committee. Its purpose is to raise money from the MPA community and make contributions to political committees and federal candidates for elected office.  MPA-PAC is part of MPA’s government affairs program, which includes its day-to-day lobbying on Capitol Hill by MPA professional staff.

Is contributing to MPA-PAC voluntary?
Yes. Each MPA-PAC member determines if he or she wishes to participate.

What is a "Prior Authorization Form"?
Contributing to MPA-PAC is a two-step process. A Prior Authorization Form must be completed, and then a contribution can be made. The "Prior Authorization Form" is the form where a corporate member of MPA formally allows its executives and administrative personnel (and their families) to be solicited by MPA to make contributions to MPA-PAC.
Click here to download the Prior Authorization Form (PDF)

Once permission has been given for MPA-PAC to make requests, how does MPA-PAC raise money?
MPA-PAC raises money through direct mail, emails, and fundraising events.

Who is eligible to contribute to MPA-PAC?
Federal election laws prohibit candidates for federal office from receiving corporate campaign contributions. Therefore, PACs which contribute to candidates for federal office must not accept contributions from corporations. Contributions to MPA-PAC may only be solicited from the executives and administrative personnel (and their families) of MPA member companies (a term in federal election law known as the “restricted class”). The donations must be solicited only from this restricted class of individuals rather than the corporations.

How much may I contribute to MPA-PAC?
An individual contributor may give up to $5,000 per calendar year to the MPA-PAC. Contributions to MPA-PAC are not tax deductible.

How much can the MPA-PAC contribute to candidates?
Because MPA pays the administrative overhead for the PAC, all of your contribution goes directly to support federal candidates and committees. Federal election law limits the amount that a PAC may contribute to a candidate to a total of $5,000 in the primary election cycle and $5,000 during each general election.

I have more questions, who can I contact?
Please call the MPA Government Affairs office in Washington, D.C. at (202) 296-7277 and ask for Will Hagen.