AOPA PAC is an integral part of AOPA's efforts to promote the legislative and political interests of all aircraft owners and pilots.
AOPA PAC is easy to join. All contributions to AOPA PAC are voluntary. The decision to contribute and the amount of your contribution will not affect your standing within AOPA.
AOPA PAC is an independent fund of voluntary, personal contributions. The fund is strictly regulated by the Federal Election Commission and is used by political candidates to defray campaign costs. AOPA PAC is a completely non-partisan entity. Its primary goal is to elect a pro-general aviation majority in Congress.
Under federal law, AOPA is prohibited from giving dues money to candidates for federal office. Therefore, AOPA PAC has been created to identify and contribute money to qualified candidates who weigh the interests of general aviation when considering legislation. In addition to our proven friends in Congress, AOPA PAC works to cultivate new members and candidates who are supportive of the industry.
The AOPA PAC provides members with another collective tool to ensure the needs of general aviation are recognized in Congress. By contributing through AOPA PAC, your dollars are pooled with contributions from other pilots and aircraft owners nationwide. This means that each dollar you give carries far greater weight than if you contributed on your own. By acting through the PAC, you are part of a focused and effective campaign to achieve maximum returns from limited dollars.
The AOPA PAC supports qualified men and women, regardless of party affiliation, who recognize and support your right to fly. Among other things, AOPA PAC looks closely at candidate's record, past support for general aviation, committee assignments, leadership positions and political vulnerability.
AOPA PAC can give $5,000 to candidates per election (primary, general, special, etc.). In addition, AOPA PAC can give $15,000 annually to national party committees and $5,000 annually to other PACs, state parties and leadership PACs.