PropanePAC is the separate segregated fund of the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA), serving as the political arm of the association’s advocacy efforts. It is a multi-candidate, non-partisan political action committee (PAC) registered with the Federal Election Commission. Since corporations cannot use general treasury funds (i.e. dues) for political campaign contributions, PropanePAC pools together voluntary, personal contributions from eligible individuals to support federal candidates to Congress who support the propane industry.
Who Can Contribute to PropanePAC?
PropanePAC is funded solely by personal contributions from a limited group of executive and administrative employees from NPGA member companies and NPGA staff. These employees must also be either U.S. citizens or green card holders. Additionally, these employees must receive permission from a company executive, or be an Individual Member of NPGA, in order to be eligible to receive information or solicitations about PropanePAC.
Who Oversees PropanePAC?
PropanePAC is governed by the PropanePAC Steering Committee, which is comprised of the NPGA officers, numerous NPGA Board members, and various PAC contributors. The steering committee meets twice a year to establish criteria and guidelines for PropanePAC activity.
Who Does PropanePAC Support?
During the 2016 election cycle (2015-2016), PropanePAC disbursed more than $200,000 to a bipartisan group of candidates for the U.S. House and Senate. PropanePAC contributes to federal candidates, regardless of political affiliation, who support the professional interests of the propane gas industry and the members of NPGA.
How Does PropanePAC Relate to Other Energy Trade Association PACs?
The chart below compares PropanePAC activity with similar energy trade association PACs for the 2016 election cycle. The associations listed are the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA), the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA), the American Gas Association (AGA), and the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA).