Political Action Committee

What is a PAC?

A: A Political Action Committee is an entity chartered under federal law by which individuals or members of a professional, corporate, or labor union can pool their resources so they can have a larger and more concentrated voice in the political process. There are over 5,000 professional, corporate, labor union, and other PACs in the U.S. today.

How will USCD-PAC impact the Congressional debate about Cuba? 

A: Recently, the Cuban American community has found it increasingly difficult to compete with the growing number of political and economic interests dedicated to soften U.S. policy towards the Castro dictatorship. Cuban Americans, their families, and friends need to reach out to U.S. Senators and Representatives, who ultimately decide legislation. One reason for the erosion of support in the U.S. Congress for our position is that until now, despite the dedication of a small group of U.S. Senators and Representatives, a truly influential pro-Cuban democracy PAC has been absent.

U.S. Senators and Representatives are busy raising the resources they need for their reelection. Cuban Americans and their friends, to be effective, need to participate in the political process in the same manner as most other influential issue-oriented groups in the United States. 

USCD-PAC will be able to legally contribute greater amounts (than traditional individual contributions) of campaign
     financing to Members of Congress. 

By reaching out to key Members of Congress and maximizing the impact of political contributions, USCD-PAC will
    become a significant factor in the Washington debate about the importance of a free and democratic Cuba to
    American interests and values.
Additionally, USCD-PAC will be able to host and participate in events attended by lawmakers at which it can make
    its case on key issues.

From where will USCD-PAC receive its funds?

A: Voluntary donations by individuals will be the source of 100 percent of USCD-PAC's resources. 

To whom will USCD-PAC contribute? 

A: USCD-PAC will contribute to federal candidates, particularly key lawmakers in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. USCD-PAC will not participate in state, county, or local elections.

USCD-PAC will contribute to candidates who either a) have key roles on congressional committees responsible for Cuba-related issues or b) have demonstrated their support for the struggle for human rights in Cuba.

Will the operations of USCD-PAC be open to public scrutiny?

A: Yes. USCD-PAC is registered with the Federal Election Commission, and all of its filings are posted on the Internet at www.fec.gov. Those filings will include each and every contribution made to a candidate. In election years, USCD-PAC will file such reports on a quarterly basis. Under federal law, the USCD-PAC Treasurer, Mr. Gus Machado, will be responsible for compliance with all reporting and other requirements.

What restrictions will exist on donations to USCD-PAC?

A: According to federal law, foreign nationals will not be able to donate. U.S. citizens and permanent residents will be able to donate no more than $5,000 per year. The donor's name and address will have to accompany donations exceeding $50. Individuals donating more than $200 in one year will also have to specify their occupation and name of employer (if employed). Donations to USCD-PAC are not tax-deductible.