By Our Blood PAC (political action committee) is a 527 tax-exempt organization created to influence elections or defeat candidates running for federal, state, and public office. We privately raise money to influence elections or legislation on the federal level, support or oppose candidates and make contributions to other political action committees. Still learning? Here is a list of frequently asked questions about political action committees:

political action committee (PAC) is a 527 organization, that pools campaign contributions from members and donates those funds to campaigns for or against candidates, ballot initiatives, or legislation. At the U.S. federal level, an organization becomes a PAC when it receives or spends more than $1,000 for the purpose of influencing a federal election, and registers with the Federal Election Commission (FEC), according to the Federal Election Campaign Act as amended by the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (also known as the McCain-Feingold Act).[3] At the state level, an organization becomes a PAC according to the state’s election laws.

Super PACs, officially known as “independent expenditure-only political action committees,” may engage in unlimited political spending (on, for example, ads) independently of the campaigns, but are not allowed to either coordinate or make contributions to candidate campaigns or party coffers. Super PACs are not allowed to coordinate directly with candidates or political parties. Unlike traditional PACs, Super PACs can raise funds from individuals, corporations, unions, and other groups without any legal limit on donation size.

A super PAC buys radio, television, and newspaper airtime. Our commercials mobilize Foundational Black Americans to vote for a candidate, support policy changes, or defeat candidates. PACs that do not make contributions to candidates, parties, or other PACs can accept unlimited contributions from individuals, unions, and corporations (both for-profit and not-for-profit) for the purpose of making independent expenditures. Independent expenditures are not contributions and are not subject to limits.

An independent expenditure is an expenditure for communication, such as a website, posters, bumper stickers, advertisements, newspaper, TV, or direct mail advertisements that:

  • Expressly advocates the election or defeat of a clearly identified candidate; and
  • Is not made in consultation or cooperation with, or at the request or suggestion of any candidate, or his or her authorized committees or agents, or a political party committee or its agents.

Explicit words of advocacy of election or defeat such as messages that urge for the election or defeat of a candidate. “Cast your ballot for” “Vote for” “Reagan/Bush” “Carter 76”

Super PACs are not allowed to coordinate directly with candidates or political parties. This restriction is intended to prevent them from operating campaigns that complement or parallel those of the candidates they support or engaging in negotiations that could result in quid pro quo bargaining between donors to the PAC and the candidate or officeholder. It is legal for candidates and Super PAC managers to discuss campaign strategy and tactics through the media.