Why Should I Contribute?
For our industry lobbying efforts to be effective, we must help to elect and re-elect individuals who understand and support our industry and positions. Building the TelePAC "war chest” is our best way to counter the influence of the larger companies who don't share our interests.
How Much Should I Give?
Some Managers and Board Members give $25 and some give $500. In Iowa, there is no limit on the amount an individual can contribute to a PAC. Regardless of the amount, the money you give to support the TelePAC makes a difference, not only to your business, but also to the customers served by our exchanges.
Can My Company Write the Check?
No. State law forbids corporate checks. Write a personal check.
Who Should Participate in Our PAC?
Any employee, board member, or member of ITA, INS or RIITA can contribute to and participate in the PAC.
Who Decides Where the Money Goes?
The TelePAC Committee includes managers and employees from ITA, RIITA and INS member companies who make the contribution decisions. The committee members meet regularly over the course of the year and more often as elections approach.
Which Candidates Receive TelePAC Support?
TelePAC is non-partisan and supports Republicans and Democrats who understand rural telcos. The TelePAC committee looks at the candidate's position on key telecommunications issues, the telco's relationship with a candidate in the home district, committee assignments and leadership positions.
What If I Already Support My Local Candidate?
We encourage our donors to personally support their local candidates and also support the TelePAC. It is important to build upon the relationship you have with your local legislator. It is equally important to support the TelePAC, which can direct funds to key legislators who may not have many independent telcos in their districts. The TelePAC can also direct some of its funds to your local legislator — all you need to do is call or send a note to the TelePAC Committee at:
2987 100th Street
Urbandale, IA 50322-5501
Please let us know the name of the candidate, their political affiliation and reason for supporting this candidate. You may also contact Joe Hrdlicka at (515) 867-2091 or jhrdlicka@broadband4iowa.
Is My PAC Contribution Tax Deductible?
No. Contributions are not deductible for federal or state income tax purposes.
Interested In Learning More About How You Contribute?
Just contact Joe Hrdlicka at the ITA office at (515) 867-2091 or jhrdlicka@broadband4iowa. He will be glad to answer any questions you have regarding contributions to TelePAC.