HARDIPAC

HARDIPAC is your voice in elective politics. HARDIPAC members’ contributions are combined with others to jointly support candidates. This provides a unified and powerful voice for the wholesale distribution channel.

The purpose of HARDIPAC is to work within the federal election process to further the goals of the association through direct involvement in supporting and opposing candidates for the Office of President, United States Senate and United States House of Representatives. This is accomplished through educating our members on the importance of political activism and through financial support of candidates who support the wholesale distribution industry. HARDIPAC is governed by a seven-member board of directors serving three-year terms.

Prior Authorization

Per Federal Election Commission (FEC) regulations, a corporate member company of HARDI must first provide HARDIPAC with prior authorization before any individual in its restricted class can contribute or be solicited. 

 

If you have any questions about prior approval or HARDIPAC, please contact Alex Ayers (aayers@hardinet.org).

HARDIPAC FAQ’s

What is HARDIPAC?

Established in 2013, HARDIPAC is a voluntary, nonpartisan political action committee. Registered with the U.S. Federal Election Commission (FEC) HARDIPAC allows HARDI members to pool personal, voluntary financial contributions to support candidates seeking elective office at the federal level, who support issues important to our industry, our businesses, and our employees.

Why does the Association have a PAC?

Active member engagement in the political process is an important means of protecting our industry, businesses and employees. The size and scope of government have continued to increase and grow more complex. Governments decide how business is conducted and public policy decisions made in one industry sector often reverberate in many other sectors. As the association representing our industry, it’s critical that we be engaged and have a robust, effective PAC.

Does the PAC report its contributions and expenditures?

Yes. HARDIPAC operations are transparent and compliant with all applicable laws. Because they are regulated by the Federal Election Commission (FEC), PACs are considered the most transparent form of political involvement. As required by law, PAC activity is publicly disclosed on the FEC website.

What are the PAC’s contribution criteria?

The PAC Board of Directors considers the following criteria when selecting candidates for Company Employee PAC support:

  • Position and voting record on issues
  • Leadership position and committee assignments
  • Represents a facility or employee center
  • Competitive race and candidate’s financial needs
  • Reputation of integrity and character
  • Who decides where the PAC money goes?

HARDIPAC is governed by a set of bylaws and supervised by a Board of Directors. HARDIPAC support is determined by the Members of the PAC Board and supported by HARDI Government Affairs staff.

Who can participate in the PAC?

HARDIPAC can accept contributions only from a “restricted class” of individuals. The eligible restricted class includes individuals who are U.S. citizens and are executive or administrative personnel of a company that belongs to HARDI. If you are not a member of the restricted class described above, you cannot make a contribution to HARDIPAC. NOTE: Should a contribution be made by an individual who does not meet the requirements of the restricted class, a refund will be issued by HARDI.

The Political Action Committee of Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDIPAC) is a voluntary, non-profit, unincorporated committee operating as a separate segregated fund of Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI). HARDIPAC is non-partisan and is not affiliated with any other political action committee or person. All contributions must be made in accordance with federal law, including the prohibitions against corporate or foreign national contributions. No individual may give more than $5,000 to HARDIPAC during one calendar year. Federal law requires political action committees to report the name, mailing address, occupation, and name of employer for each individual whose contributions aggregate in excess of $200 in a calendar year. HARDIPAC only solicits contributions from the employees of HARDI member companies after receiving approval from each corporation for such solicitation. Prior authorization can be granted for one, two, three, four or five years by simply signing on the corresponding line(s). A company may authorize only one trade association federal political action committee (PAC) to solicit its employees during any calendar year.