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December 2017
Amid all of the Holiday inspired messaging, shopping and planning there is another common activity many people partake in during December: It is last minute tax planning. Whether you have done so or not in the past, perhaps this year would be a good time to do it. I am talking
particularly about every tax payers’ right to a $50 credit for donating to a Political Action Committee – commonly called a “PAC”.
What is a PAC? Encyclopedia Britannica offers the following definition:
Political action committee (PAC), in U.S. politics, an organization whose purpose is to raise and distribute campaign funds to candidates seeking political office. PACs are generally formed by
corporations, labor unions, trade associations, or other organizations or individuals and channel the voluntary contributions they raise to candidates for elective offices, primarily in the U.S.
House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. PACs may also spend their funds on what are termed independent expenditures—defined in law as a message “expressly advocating the election or defeat of a clearly identified candidate that is not made in cooperation, consultation, or concert with, or at the request or suggestion of, a candidate, a candidate’s authorized committee, or their agents, or a political party or its agents.”
I might add that the tax perk is just the beginning incentive to inspire citizens to
participate. When a cause is near and dear to your heart (or financial concerns) many people choose to invest much more.
The financial limits are as follows according to “PACs can give $5,000 to a candidate committee per election (primary, general or special). They can also give up to $15,000 annually to any national party committee, and $5,000 annually to any other PAC. PACs may receive up to $5,000 from any one individual, PAC or party committee per calendar year.”
There are 2 PACs that I know of (and have some affiliation with) that I would highly recommend to all of the members of the Rental Housing Alliance Oregon. “The Good Landlord PAC” which can be found at:, and the“More Housing Now” PAC at:
There is no question that the conversations about the housing crisis throughout Oregon in general and Portland in particular has gotten louder and more divisive. Unfortunately, many politicians are simply not hearing the concerns of property owners and are basing their decisions on the loudest voices in the room, which are often the radical tenant rights activists. Long
standing policy practices (like the Tenant Landlord Coalition) have been jettisoned in favor of pushing radical new and financially difficult restrictions onto Oregon landlords in both the Portland City Council chambers and the Oregon State Legislature.
This year’s failed attempt to pass sweeping statewide rent control measures in the legislature (by a single vote) have done little more than embolden the political cause for sweeping changes going forward. Because of this I urge you to donate the largest amount of money you can to either or both of these PAC’s to represent your rights. It may be the best year-end financial investment strategy you can make.
Also, Happy Holidays!
Ron Garcia, RHA Oregon President