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AKC Canine Legislation Support Fund and PAC Donations
Two Ways to Protect Your Rights
The AKC Government Relations team is working hard to protect the rights of dog owners, breeders, and fanciers throughout the country, but we need your help!
The Canine Legislative Support Fund is used to educate and advocate on your behalf at the federal, state, and local levels and to ensure your rights as a responsible dog owner are protected. These funds may not be used to contribute to political campaigns. AKC Political Action Committee (PAC) funds are used to contribute to campaigns to help elect dog-friendly leadership in congress and state houses across the nation. PAC funds may not be used to lobby officials once they are in office or to influence legislation. They may only be used in campaigns.
AKC PAC: Help Support Dog-Friendly Government Officials
One of the most important ways to protect your rights is by ensuring that there are dog-friendly elected officials in the state and federal governments. To accomplish this, the AKC has established the AKC Political Action Committee (AKC PAC), where one-hundred percent of the funds go directly to help elect dog-friendly candidates. Contributions may not be earmarked for individual candidates, but donors may make recommendations to the PAC Board about candidates they believe are worthy of support.
Who can contribute to the AKC PAC?
Any member of an AKC-affiliated club may contribute. AKC-affiliated clubs may hold fund-raisers for the PAC and may solicit or provide opportunities for their members to make PAC contributions. PAC contributions, as with those to the Canine Legislation Support Fund, are not tax deductible. For more information, call AKC Government Relations at (919) 816-3720.
How much can I contribute?
Individuals may contribute up to $5,000 per year. The PAC must report to the Federal Elections Commission the name, address and occupation of all persons who donate more than $200 per year to the fund*. Some states also require us to report the name, address and occupation of PAC contributors. These reports are available to the general public.
There is no minimum contribution, so please consider giving whatever you can to help support candidates who will protect your rights!
*Please note that some states require reporting contributions of amounts less than $200.
AKC Canine Legislation Support Fund: Support Responsible Dog Owner Rights
Each year, the AKC Government Relations team expends significant resources fighting legislation that would institute breed bans, breeding restrictions, mandatory spay/neuter laws, crop and dock laws, excessive licensing fees and other threats to your rights to own and breed dogs. Still, each year, the threats seem to grow.
Combating negative canine legislation is a costly endeavor, which is why the AKC has established the Canine Legislation Support Fund. Every dollar contributed to this fund goes directly to helping AKC fight legislation that infringes on your rights as a responsible dog owner, and to support legislation that protects your right to own and enjoy dogs.
Who can contribute to the Canine Legislation Support Fund?
Anyone concerned about protecting the rights of responsible dog owners may contribute to this fund. Contributions may be made by dog clubs, by individuals or any other group. These contributions are not tax deductible.
How are these funds used?
Protecting the rights of dog owners is a multi-faceted effort. One-hundred percent of your donations go to supporting legislation, securing formal representation of our interests in congress and statehouses, and educating legislators about responsible and fair policy for dog breeding and ownership.
Any assistance you or your club chooses to provide will greatly enhance our efforts to defeat the onslaught of repressive legislative initiatives and to ensure your rights, not only today, but for generations to come.