|The Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers
What is the RISAA PAC?
Following is a short explanation of the RISAA Political Action Committee (PAC)
Why did RISAA form a PAC?One of the missions of RISAA is to represent the concerns of the recreational community on regulatory and legislative issues. That means we will, like it or not, have to deal with elected officials. We know from experience that there are a number of legislators who have worked hard on our behalf and supported RISAA initiatives.
We also need legislative support when it becomes necessary for us to have legislation introduced that support our goals.
Before the PAC, we had no way of legally supporting these legislators or attending fund-raising activities for candidates. It is important that legislators understand who we are and, more importantly, the concerns of our members firsthand. If we don't advance our own causes, no one will do it for us. To be effective, we must participate in the political system.
GOALS OF THE PAC
The official stated purpose on the articles of incorpation for the RISAA PAC is
"To further the interests of recreational saltwater anglers.
The official stated goals of the PAC are
Does my RISAA dues go to the PAC?
NO! Under no circumstances does any members' dues or any other contribution made to the club be used for the PAC. Indeed, it would be a violation of state election laws for any money from RISAA to be used for PAC purposes.
How does the PAC get its funding?
Who decides how PAC contributions are distributed?
A three-step process is required before ANY PAC funds can be distributed.
Only after ALL THREE groups have approved the expense can a PAC check be written. Then our PAC representatives, usually the President and 1st Vice President, will attend the political event to represent our Association.
How can I get involved?
We encourage all members to get involved in this political process.
It's the only way to help protect the future of recreational fishing.
The best way to do this is the join the RISAA Legislative Committee.
If you are interested and would like more information send us an E-MAIL.
To make your own contribution to the PAC, send a check, payable to "RISAA PAC" to: RISAA PAC
P.O. Box 1465
Coventry, RI 02816