L to R: Sen. Connelly, Rep. Sandack, Amanda Gotte, Rep. Wehrli, Rep Wheeler
Abate of Illinois State Political Action Committee
Policy and Guidelines
Formation of Committee:
(a) (1). Unless barred by law, the Board of Directors may vote to create political action committees (PACS) to further the legislative principles of the corporation. The State Political Action Committee shall be called, “Abate PAC.”
(b)(1)(2) Law requires that our Abate Political Action Committee have a Chairman and Treasurer. These positions must be held by two separate persons. Financial transactions of our Abate Political Action Committee cannot take place when a vacancy occurs in the office of either the chairman or treasurer. Any change in the office of chairman or treasurer must have a “Statement of Organization”, filed with the State Board of Elections within ten days. Also, no expenditure can be made without the authorization of the chairman or treasurer.
(c) Shall establish a minimum of one (1) trustee from each Abate of Illinois region.
Purpose of Committee:
The purpose of Abate PAC is to promote a politically friendly motorcycle, ATV and off road environment within the State of Illinois. Shall be accomplished by raising and distributing funds to friendly political candidates and/or elected officials. Duties such as, establishing a Voters Guide, target specific races, monitor State wide political contest, monitor local political contest shall be shared with the Legislative Department Abate of Illinois.
Statement of Organization: Established on October 31st, 1989. State Board of Elections authorization number for State activities, S4652. State Board of Elections authorization number for Local activities, L10734. Abate of Illinois, Board of Directors.
(a)(3) Abate PAC cannot be involved directly or indirectly, raise funds for, or contribute to candidates for Federal Office. Or individuals running for party office, except for candidates for ward or township committeeman in Cook County.
The Abate PAC committee treasurer is required to file with the State Board of Elections, Statement of Organization, Semi annual report, Pre election report or Schedule A-1 as required by Campaign Discloser Rules.
(a) (4) Term of office:
The position of chairman, treasure or trustee shall be for a term of two (2) years.
(1) Oversee committee expenditures.
(2) Has the authority to make expenditure decisions without a committee vote due to time restrictions.
(3) Must report said actions to committee members in a timely manner.
(4) Make recommendations to the Committee on political events.
(5) In the event of a committee tie vote, shall cast the tie breaking vote.
(6) Election cycle; work with the Legislative Coordinator to establish a General Assembly survey.
(7) Establish a grading session for voter’s guide. Collect input from Trustees, Legislative Coordinator and/or lobbyist in contested State and/or Local campaigns for targets races.
(8) Provide a report on Committee activities directly to the Board of Directors at its bi monthly meetings. (9) Submit all committee recommendations for trustee positions to the Executive Board for recommendation to the Board of Directors.
(c) (5) Treasurer:
(1) Complete and maintain all receipts, expenditures and in kind contributions for the committee for a period of two (2) years.
(2) File all reports with the State Board of Elections, according to its Campaign Discloser Calendar for that year.
(3) File all reports to County Clerks and/or local Board of Election as needed.
(4) All reports with the State Board of Elections must be filed electronically.
(5) Maintain a balance checkbook register; provide a copy of this register to the State Secretary at each Board of Director meeting.
(6) Complete an end of the year financial report to all committee members, Legislative Coordinator, State Coordinator and Abate of Illinois office, by the December Board of Directors meeting.
(7) Provide a weekly event report to committee members for review. To include all necessary information to assist Trustees in expenditure decisions.
(8) Assist Chairman and/or Legislative Coordinator in all activities related to an election cycle.
(1) Shall be the liaison between the Chapters in the regions and Abate PAC. Foster a relationship with Chapter Legislative persons and/or Chapter Presidents.
(2) Shall make decisions on political events in the region. Recommend dollar amounts to be expended on any one candidate, for that event.
(3) Will contact chapters for persons to attend, paid for political events.
(4) Monitor political activities in the region, both State and Local. Make recommendations to the Chairman, Treasurer, Legislative Coordinator, and PAC committee, as needed for additional or possible targeted races.
(5) Shall hold a seat at all grading sessions for the Voter’s Guide.
(6) Work directly with the Legislative Coordinator and region chapters to provide “sweat equity” in targeted campaigns.
(7) Have a relationship with political friends within the region.
(8) Make contact with unknown political candidates.
Removal of officer:
(a) The trustees by a vote of 2/3rds may recommend to the Board of Directors, for removal of Chairman, Treasurer or Trustee for just cause.
(b) Passage of said vote, The Board of Directors shall be the hearing body on the issue. Board of Directors is the only body that can remove a sitting committee member.
Temporary appointment of officer:
(a) In the event of illness, death, or recommendation to remove from office.
(b) The trustees may vote, by a simple majority, to appoint a temporary Chairman, Treasurer or Trustee. Until the next scheduled Board of Directors meeting is called to order.
(b1) If the trustees can not make a temporary appointment, the sitting State Coordinator will have the authority to make a temporary appointment. Until the next scheduled Board of Directors meeting is called to order.
(b2) The State Coordinator may extend a temporary appointment if the position was not settled at the scheduled Board of Directors meeting.
(c) The trustees may vote, by a simple majority, to recommend to the Executive Board a permanent replacement for said vacant officer or trustee position.
(e) Any temporary appointments or permanent changes to committee Chairman or Treasurer, a Statement of Organization must be filed with the State Board of Elections within ten days, with stated changes.
Legislative Coordinator and/or Lobbyist:
(a) Serves as the Abate PAC committee adviser.
(b) Shall not hold a seat as Chairman, Treasurer or Trustee.
(c) Has no voting authority on the Committee.
(d) Make recommendations to the Committee in fund raising, grading, contributions and expenditures.
(e) May ask a trustee to contact candidates, political friends or chapters.
(f) May ask a trustee to contact chapters to assist in targeted races or campaigns in specific areas of the State.
(g) May call on Committee members to assist with any legislative activities.
(a) Abate PAC Committee shall have a minimum of 4 meetings per year.
(b) All committee meeting require a quorum of 2/3rds of its members at that time.
(c) All meetings can be called for by the Chairman or Treasurer at any time.
(d) Any trustee can request the Chairman or Treasurer to call a committee meeting.
(e) All issues before the committee, with the exception of removal of an officer, shall be determined by a simple majority vote.
(f) The treasurer shall keep minutes of each meeting shall be forwarded to the Committee, Legislative Coordinator, State Coordinator and Abate of Illinois office.
Voter Guide Grades (All grades come from the Abate PAC Committee)
(a) Grading Committee will contain Abate PAC Chairman, Treasurer and Trustee, at least (1) from each region.
(b) Legislative Coordinator will sit in as the Committee’s adviser and provide input and recommendation as needed. (Has no vote on grades)
(c) Abate of Illinois lobbyist also serves as an adviser to the Committee, may be present, or may phone in his views on selected candidates selected races. (Has no vote on grades)
(d) Any member of the Executive board may sit in at the request of the Chairman or Legislative Coordinator.
(e) Grading process may include the General Assembly survey, voting history of candidate, past history with Abate of Illinois issues, accessibility to the candidate, political position in Illinois legislature and if the grade may impact the election process.
(f) In the event two political friends running for the same office provide a grade, will not endorse either.
(a) All endorsements and/or implied endorsements must come from the Abate PAC committee.
(b) Endorsements maybe placed on target races or close races to assist Abate of Illinois friendly candidates.
(c) Establish grade is not a factor on endorsement.
(d) Endorsement can be a factor on contributions to a candidate.
(e) Endorsement can be recommended by the Legislative Coordinator or Lobbyist for consideration.
(a) Limitations; (2) (5) (6)
(1) No committee member may accept anonymous contributions.
(2) No committee member may accept contributions in the name of another person.
(3) The use of public funds for political purposes is prohibited.
(4) No donations from National Banks, Nationally chartered corporations, i.e. corporations organized by authority or any law of Congress.
(5) And from Foreign Nationals (exception those granted permanent residence in the United States).
(b) General Rules:
(1) Abate PAC Committee may solicit funds through tickets sales, literature, broadcast media, the internet or political advertisement.
(2) May conduct a raffle provided a raffle license in obtained from the State Board of Elections, and/or local requirements as needed.
(3) All funds collected by a Trustee must notify the Treasurer within 5 days, along with detailed record on who donated said funds.
(4) Detailed record includes persons name, street address, city, state and zip code, employer and occupation.
Chapter donations, all the Treasurer needs are the Chapter name(s).
(5) During a Schedule A-1 reporting period, all funds or in kind donations of more than $500 must be reported to the State Board of Elections within two business days.
Disclaimer: (2) During the course of fund raising activities for the Committee, by ticket sales, literature, broadcast media, the Internet, or other forms of political advertisements, the law requires that the following notice appear.
(a) Fund Raising for ABATE PAC, flyers, advertisements or any literature the following must appear on the publication. May be a small font: “A copy of our report filed with the State Board of Elections is (or will be) available for purchase from the State Board of Elections, Springfield, Illinois.”
(b) In Local Campaigns: The following must appear in Local Campaign fund raising, ABATE PAC is involved in: “A copy of our report filed with the County clerk is (or will be) available for purchase from the county clerk (county’s clerk address), Illinois.”
(a) Limitations; (2)
No candidate, public official or employee may offer or receive contributions on a face to face basis on State property. The only exception to this is if it occurs at a fund raising event for which the State property has been leased or rented.
(b) Abate of Illinois chapters cannot contribute directly to a candidate’s campaign, or political events. All transfer of funds, must go through the Abate PAC treasurer.
(c) Chapters may submit a donation the PAC committee; request a donation to a particular event for committee consideration
Typical election cycles consist of a Primary Election, a General Election and may have a Special Election.
(a) Abate PAC Contribution; Election Year. Contributions are determined by the Voter guide grade. Maximum limits are as follows:
Grade: Primary Election: General Election: Election cycle total:
A or above $500.00 $500.00 $1,000.00*
B $300.00 $300.00 $600.00*
C $150.00 $150.00 $300.00*
D or less at the call of Trustees on a case by case basis.
*Committee Trustees may vote to exceed set limit on a case by case basis.
(b) Non Election cycle year:
Contributions are determined by the Voter guide grade. Maximum limits are as follows:
Grade: Total for the year:
A or above $500.00*
D or less at the call of Trustees on a case by case basis.
*Committee Trustees may vote to exceed set limit on a case by case basis.
(a) Amount of money to be spent must be approved by the PAC Chairman
(b) Campaign events, Trustees will review event list sent out by the treasurer weekly.
(c) Each Trustee is responsible for all events in that region.
(d) Any Trustee from any region may comment on any event.
(e) Treasure will hold said events, until day of the event passes.
(f) The designated region Trustee will determine the following:
To attend the event; Number of tickets for the event; Notify the Treasurer of the number of tickets to purchase, as soon as possible; Contact area chapters as needed; Provide chapters of issues of interest that may need to be asked or commented on at the event; Deal with last minute cancellations of the event or persons not attending. Follow up with designated persons after the event.
(1) The Legislative Coordinator, Abate PAC chairman, and Trustees may select specific candidate races for the purpose of assisting an Abate friendly candidate, or support a candidate for the purpose of removing an Abate unfriendly incumbent.
(2) These races may be State or Local races. Targeted race may include some or all of the following:
Provide a grade in the Voter’s Guide with or without an endorsement.
(3) Have trustee contact a Campaign for the purpose of construction of and placement of yard signs.
Contact area chapters to walk neighborhoods.
(4) Provide Poll watchers.
(5) Abate PAC may purchase ads in local news media, Abate of Illinois newsletter or in chapter newsletters in the targeted area.
(6) Make direct contributions to targeted candidate.
(a)Purpose: This procedure will release Abate of Illinois newsletters or a chapter newsletter from liability from any objections that maybe filed by an opponent of a supported candidate or incumbent.
(b) Ad requirements:
(1) All political ads to be posted in the Abate of Illinois newsletter or a chapter newsletter are implied endorsements.
(2) No chapter newsletter or Abate of Illinois newsletter may accept an ad request from any campaign.
(3) All requests will be submitted to Abate PAC Committee for review.
(4) The Abate PAC committee will approve or reject the ad request.
(5) If ad request is approved, the Abate PAC committee may choose to pay for the ad in support of the Candidate.
(6) Should the campaign requesting ad placement, wish to pay for the ad; It is recommended payment should go to Abate PAC. The treasurer will then forward payment to the State office for Abate of Illinois newsletter or directly to the chapter(s) in that targeted area.
Ad Disclaimer: (2)
All ads in the State or chapter newsletters shall contain one of the following statements:
(a) If the ad is paid for by Abate Pac the disclaimer shall read:
“This ad paid for by Abate PAC, A copy of our report filed with the State Board of Elections is (or will be) available for purchase from the State Board of Elections, Springfield, Illinois.”
(a1)If there is not enough space in the ad for the full discloser statement, “Paid for by ABATE PAC” will be sufficient.
(b) If the ad if paid for by the Committee requesting ad placement, the disclaimer shall read:
“This ad paid for by (committee name) and approved by ABATE PAC, A copy of our report filed with the State Board of Elections is (or will be) available for purchase from the State Board of Elections, Springfield, Illinois.”
(b1) If there is not enough room in the ad for the full discloser statement, “Paid for by (Committee name) approved by ABATE PAC” will be sufficient.
(a) Websites: Abate of Illinois/ chapter
(1) Abate of Illinois webmaster has permission to post all Abate PAC publications, such as the voter guide.
(2) All Abate of Illinois chapter webmasters have permission to post all Abate PAC publications, such as the voter guide. Chapters are granted permission post the entire guide or only the candidates of value to the chapter or region.
(3) Any Abate PAC communication sent via email i.e. On D go must be posted in its original form.
(4)Any documents posted may not have its text altered and be free of opinion by all webmasters and/or chapter member.
(5) Disclaimer, all electronic postings at the Abate of Illinois website, chapter website or network emails using Abate PAC information in part or in its entirety must contain the following disclaimer: “A copy of our report filed with the State Board of Elections is (or will be) available for purchase from the State Board of Elections, Springfield, Illinois.”
(a) During a campaign cycle when there is NO endorsed candidate the candidates may, with the chapter’s approval, speak before the membership on Motorcycling issues only.
(b) Members will hold all questions to Motorcycling issues only.
(c) When there is an ENDORSED Candidate then, only that endorsed candidate may speak before the chapter.
(d) Chapter should open the meeting in a normal fashion. Then give the Candidate(s) their time; then they should leave the meeting unless said candidate is a member of Abate of Illinois.
(e) Chapter should never discuss Abate of Illinois or chapter business in front of non-member candidates.
(1)Abate of Illinois Bylaws, Article 6, section 2.
(2)Guide to Campaign Discloser, Section III.
(3)Guide to Campaign Discloser, Section II.
(4)Abate of Illinois Bylaws, Article 6 section 5.
(5)Committee Treasurer Duties and responsibilities.
(6)Guide to Campaign Discloser, Section VII.
"A copy of our report filed with the State Board of Elections is (or will be) available on the Board's official website (www.elections.il.gov) or for purchase from the State Board of Elections, Springfield, Illinois."
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