ARTICLE I: NAME
The name of the committee shall be NATIONAL WASTE & RECYCLING ASSOCIATION POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (hereinafter referred to as “NWRA PAC” a.k.a. “Waste & Recycling PAC”).
ARTICLE II: PRINCIPAL OFFICE AND ADDRESS
The principal office of NWRA PAC shall be located in Arlington, Virginia.
ARTICLE III: ORGANIZATION
NWRA PAC shall be a voluntary, nonprofit, unincorporated committee operating as a separate, segregated fund of the National Waste & Recycling Association.
ARTICLE IV: PURPOSES
Section 1. The purpose of NWRA PAC is to expand political awareness of the waste and recycling industry and the significant impacts of governmental actions upon it. The ultimate goal of NWRA PAC is to help elect pro-business, pro-infrastructure candidates who will support the waste and recycling industry.
Section 2. NWRA PAC provides opportunities for individuals interested in the future of the waste and recycling industry to contribute to the support of candidates for elected office who believe and have demonstrated their beliefs in the principles to which the industry is dedicated.
ARTICLE V: POWERS
Section 1. NWRA PAC is established pursuant to the terms of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (Public Law 92-225), as amended. NWRA PAC is not affiliated with any political parties nor with any specific candidates for election. It may, within the limits of the applicable law, do all things necessary or desirable for the attainment of its stated purpose.
Section 2. NWRA PAC and its officers shall possess and may exercise all powers and privileges set forth in these bylaws or incidental thereto, together with all powers and privileges necessary or convenient to the conduct, promotion, or attainment of the purpose of NWRA PAC or these bylaws.
Section 3. To further these purposes, NWRA PAC is authorized to solicit, directly or indirectly, and accept voluntary personal contributions from any person from who contributions may be lawfully solicited and to make expenditures in connection with the attempt to influence any elected office.
ARTICLE V: PARTICIPATION
Section 1. All U.S. citizens as well as those individuals holding permanent resident (a.k.a. “green”) cards are eligible to contribute to NWRA PAC.
Section 2. Corporate and union contributions to federally registered PACs are prohibited.
Section 3. Contributions from partnerships and LLCs are permissible but must be attributed to an individual with ownership interest in the entity.
Section 4. A company with a federal PAC of its own may contribute from its PAC directly to NWRA PAC.
ARTICLE VI: CONTRIBUTIONS
Section 1. All contributions to NWRA PAC shall be voluntary and no contribution to NWRA PAC shall be solicited or secured by any form of coercion, either expressed or implied.
Section 2. The restricted class that may be solicited is limited to executive and administrative (those with decision-making authority) personnel, shareholders and the immediate families of all these groups. Hourly employees are specifically exempt from solicitation for PAC contributions, although they may voluntarily contribute on their own.
Section 3. Contributions to NWRA PAC are not deductible for state or federal income tax purposes.
Section 4. 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.
ARTICLE VII: SEPARATE SEGREGATED FUND
All contributions to NWRA PAC shall be maintained by NWRA PAC as a separate segregated fund in one or more designated campaign depositories and all expenditures by NWRA PAC in support of any candidate or political committee shall be made from that fund and no other source.
ARTICLE VIII: DIRECTORS
Section 1. The governing body of NWRA PAC shall be a Board of Directors composed of a Chairman, Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees Representative, Services Board of Governors Representative, Suppliers Board of Governors Representative, Government Affairs Committee Representative, Hall of Fame Representative, Future Industry Leaders Alliance Representative, Women’s Council Representative and up to ten (10) At-Large representatives.
Section 2. Members of the NWRA PAC Board of Directors each shall be appointed and confirmed by the Board of Trustees to a one-year term, subject to annual renewal.
Section 3. The Directors are empowered to set basic policies with respect to expenditures to be made by NWRA PAC and to direct disbursements to specific candidates. The Directors shall determine the procedures for collection and distribution of funds to the candidates and political committee that NWRA PAC shall support and the amount of all expenditures and disbursements by NWRA PAC.
ARTICLE IX: OFFICERS
Section 1. The officers of NWRA PAC shall be the Chairman, Vice Chairman and Treasurer as selected by NWRA’s Board of Trustees.
Section 2. Subject to the determination of the Board of Trustees, the Chairman shall administer and have general and active management and supervision of all the affairs of NWRA PAC. The Chairman shall preside at meetings of NWRA PAC’s Board of Directors and represent NWRA PAC at other such meetings and events as may be required.
Section 3. The Vice Chairman shall succeed to the office of Chairman in the event of a vacancy in the office.
Section 4. The Treasurer shall be the chief financial officer of NWRA PAC, shall keep the financial and other records of NWRA PAC, shall comply with all applicable legal requirements and shall perform such other duties as may be assigned to him or her by the Chairman or Board of Trustees.
ARTICLE X: ADOPTION, AMENDMENTS AND BYLAWS
Section 1. These Articles shall be adopted effective August 30, 2018.
Section 2. These Articles may be amended from time to time by the majority vote of the Directors.
ARTICLE XI: DISSOLUTION
NWRA PAC may be dissolved at any time by the majority vote of the Directors. In the event of such dissolution, all funds contained in NWRA PAC’s campaign depository shall be divided equally and contributed to the House and Senate campaign committees of the two major political parties.