SpinePAC is highly principled and bipartisan. It has established rules that govern its contributions. These rules and the operations of the PAC are administered by NASS6 Board of Directors who serve as PAC Trustees and approve all expenditures.
SpinePAC does not contribute to debt retirement believing that campaigns should exemplify fiscal responsibility and operate within available resources, just like our members.
The requirements for a candidate to receive a contribution from SpinePAC are:
- - Individuals must be an announced candidate for federal office.
- - Current elected officials must have a 60% positive NASS voting record on legislation endorsed by the Legislative Committee
- - A first-time candidate must complete the SpinePAC Candidate Questionnaire (approved by the Legislative Committee). In addition, non-incumbent candidates must meet with NASS staff or a local NASS member prior to being considered for an endorsement.
- - SpinePAC will only support one candidate for each office in any given cycle.
The requirements for a Leadership PAC to receive a contribution from SpinePAC are:
- - The Leadership PAC must be for a current Member of Congress who meets all other SpinePAC criteria for a contribution.
- - The Member of Congress must have a leadership role or be a chairman/ranking member of a committee important to NASS issues.
To make a request, a NASS member must contact NASS Advocacy staff and formally request that it make a disbursement for a specified amount to a candidate or Leadership PAC. Federal election law limits the amount to $5,000 per election (primary, general, run-off, special).Once the request is received and provided all required conditions are met, it is forwarded to the NASS6 Board of Directors for approval.
All requests are reviewed to ensure the aforementioned criteria are met. SpinePAC also ensures that the election is competitive, and that there is a chance of victory. While SpinePAC does contribute to “underdog” candidates, it must take a realistic look at the likelihood of victory to ensure proper fiduciary responsibility to donors.
Items that SpinePAC will review when considering requests include, but are not limited to:
2017-2018 SpinePAC Cycle Report
2019-2020 SpinePAC Candidate Support Cheat Sheet
- - Demographic profile of the district, such as voter registration data
- - Previous election results
- - Fundraising capability and campaign cash-on-hand figures
- - Endorsements by local elected officials, political party organizations and media
- - Polling data