How to Form a Super PAC (Political Action Committee)

A guide to starting a Super PAC

Casey Botticello
Jul 6, 2018 · 11 min read
How to Form a Super PAC — Political ACtion Committee
How to Form a Super PAC — Political ACtion Committee
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What is a Super PAC?

Super PACs are a relatively new phenomena in American politics. They are a product of two judicial decisions: the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, delivered in January 2010, and the D.C. Circuit’s decision in Speechnow.org v. Federal Election Commission, two months later. Together, these two decisions enabled the creation of a new entity: a political action committee that could accept unlimited donations so long as it did not coordinate its expenditure with any political campaign.

Why Should I Start a Super PAC?

In 2017, I formed the Cryptocurrency Alliance Super PAC. I am passionate about cryptocurrencies and the potential for blockchain technology. I knew that there was likely a wave of regulation that would follow the vast amounts of money being invested in the cryptocurrency market. Forming a Super PAC, based around cryptocurrency regulation and education, seemed like an interesting way to advocate for groundbreaking technology and meet new people who shared my interest in the field.

Cryptocurrency Alliance Super PAC

1. Creating a Super PAC is one of the Best Ways to Learn About our Political System

Whether you like it or not, Super PACs are likely here to stay and are becoming a dominant force in US Elections. As of June 2018, 2,392 groups organized as super PACs have reported total receipts of $1,790,569,447 and total independent expenditures of $1,060,490,102 in the 2016 cycle, alone.

2. Making Connections, Boosting Visibility of Your Cause, Establishing Credibility

Super PACs are publicly listed and tracked by the FEC and various watchdog groups. So if you have a cause that needs increased visibility, creating a political organization around that can be very effective.

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Cryptocurrency Alliance Super PAC Presentation by Casey Botticello on FEC Site
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3. Ensuring That Money you Contribute is Being Utilized Efficiently and for the Group’s Intended Purpose

Even if a group exists that champions your cause or candidate, they likely aren’t utilizing donations effectively. So if you plan on contributing financially to political groups, why not ensure your money is being utilized properly?

How to Form a Super PAC

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Infographic of the main steps to creating a Super PAC | Source: Casey Botticello
  1. Determine governance structure. While not required, it’s recommend that Super PACs incorporate for liability purposes. Donors also often like to see the PAC run by a board with fiduciary obligations responsible for determining how the money will be spent, rather than a hired political consultant who may have a strong incentive to spend money in a way that is beneficial to the consultant. As an incorporated entity, the Super PAC will need articles of incorporation, bylaws, and organizing resolutions. The Super PAC will also need to designate a registered agent to accept service of process.
  2. Open a bank account. The Super PAC must open a bank account in its own name, through which all receipts and disbursements should be made. To open the account, the Super PAC will need an Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the Internal Revenue Service. This can be obtained for free on the IRS website.
  3. Select a treasurer. The Super PAC must appoint a treasurer who is legally responsible for safeguarding PAC funds and ensuring that the PAC files timely and accurate reports. A PAC may not receive or disburse funds if there is a treasurer vacancy.
  4. Prepare and file initial registration with the FEC. File FEC Registration Check box 5(f) under “Type of Committee.”
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Maintaining Your Super PAC

6. Fundraising. A federal Super PAC may accept contributions in unlimited sums from individuals (U.S. citizens or green card holders) and other groups or business entities, including corporations and unions. However, federal political committees, including Super PACs, are prohibited from accepting contributions from foreign nationals and federal government contractors.

Can Super PACs Pay Salaries?

Political consultants can create super PACs or political nonprofits to raise money according to Stefan Passantino, a partner at McKenna Long & Aldridge. These entities can then use that money to pay themselves.


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