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Political Action Committee

PAC Constitution

CONSTITUTION
ARTICLE I
Name

 The name is the National Court Reporters Association Political Action Committee (hereinafter, "NCRA PAC").

ARTICLE II
Organization

 NCRA PAC is a separate segregated fund that is connected to and sponsored by the National Court Reporters Association (hereinafter, the “Association”).  NCRA PAC shall be independent of any political party, candidate or organization except that the Association may defray all costs and expenses incurred in the establishment and administration of, and in the solicitation of contributions to, NCRA PAC.

ARTICLE III
Purposes

 The purpose of NCRA PAC is to provide members of the Association who are interested in the future of the court reporting and captioning professions to contribute to the support of candidates for Federal office who believe, and who have demonstrated their beliefs in, the principles to which the profession is dedicated.  NCRA PAC will work in general to protect and advance the interests of the Association and the Association's members by supporting qualified candidates for federal office, regardless of party affiliation, who understand and are sympathetic to these goals.  To further these purposes, NCRA PAC will be empowered to solicit and accept personal contributions to NCRA PAC from qualified members of the Association that may then be expended to support the campaigns of any qualified candidates for Federal office. 

ARTICLE IV
Powers

 NCRA PAC shall be established and administered as a separate segregated fund and be otherwise empowered to act as a political action committee in accordance with the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended, and such other applicable federal legislation and regulations as may from time to time be enacted or promulgated.  NCRA PAC may solicit and receive voluntary contributions from qualified individuals of the Association and may make donations to candidates for federal elective office and to national, state, and local committees of national political parties for the support of candidates for federal office in accordance with federal law.  NCRA PAC shall be further empowered, in accordance with federal law, to engage in such other activities not inconsistent with the foregoing as may be necessary or advisable for the attainment of the purposes stated above.  NCRA PAC shall not possess or exercise any power or authority except in accordance with federal law.
 

ARTICLE V
Officers

 The officers of NCRA PAC shall consist of a Chair, Treasurer, and Assistant Treasurer and such other officers as may be required by law.  Such officers shall be appointed in the manner set forth in the Bylaws and shall exercise such duties as are imposed upon them by the Bylaws, the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended, and such other applicable federal legislation and regulations as may from time to time be enacted or promulgated.

ARTICLE VI
Management

 The management of NCRA PAC shall be vested in an eleven person Governing Board (hereinafter, the “Board”).  The Board shall consist of the Officers and eight additional members shall be selected in such manner, serve for such period or periods of time, and exercise such powers as are specified in the Bylaws.

ARTICLE VII
Meetings of the Board

 The Chair shall call an annual meeting of the Board as provided in the Bylaws.  Other meetings may be called by persons in accordance with the provisions of the Bylaws.

ARTICLE VIII
Amendments

 This Constitution may be altered, amended, repealed, or a new Constitution may be adopted, at any meeting of the Board of Directors of the Association by a majority vote of those present, so long as the Board of Directors of the Association is given at least five days' written notice of the intention to alter, amend, or repeal the Constitution or to adopt a new Constitution at such meeting.

ARTICLE IX
Dissolution

 The duration of NCRA PAC is to be perpetual, unless dissolved.  It may be dissolved at any time by a majority vote of the Board of Directors of the Association.  In the event of dissolution, all surplus funds of NCRA PAC shall be promptly distributed to candidates or committees or expended in a manner consistent with applicable federal law and for the purposes set forth in this Constitution.

ARTICLE X
Offices

 The principal offices of NCRA PAC shall be located at the principal offices of the Association, currently located at 12030 Sunrise Valley Drive, Suite 400, Reston, Virginia 20191.