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Tell Congress to Repeal the Prior Approval Requirement

The Prior Approval requirement is discriminatory, violates your First Amendment rights, and creates unnecessary confusion for AGC member companies. Urge your representative to support the repeal of the burdensome prior approval requirement by co-sponsoring H.R. 2101 - the Prior Approval Reform Act.

This legislation would repeal the prior approval requirement that is unfairly imposed upon and discriminates against corporate-member trade association PACs, like AGC PAC.

As you may know, the Federal Election Campaign Act requires the political action committee (PAC) of a trade association with corporate members, like AGC of America, to obtain prior approval in writing from a member corporation before communicating detailed information about the PAC and/or soliciting its executive or administrative staff. Furthermore, the regulation states that a corporate member may approve solicitations by only one trade association per calendar year.

AGC members have a constitutional right to join together in support of or in opposition to candidates for political office. Requiring prior approval discourages our members from participating in the association's PAC, and creates an unequal playing field that restricts our members' First Amendment rights to free speech.

This burdensome requirement needs to be repealed. Please contact your US representative and urge him or her to co-sponsor H.R. 2101.

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