The Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC) marks its formal entry into the American political arena with its first five contributions to Congressional candidates. The contributions where made to Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA), Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-14th/NY), Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), and Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) (http://www.iranianamericanpac.org/candidates/iapac.shtml)
Political Action Committees in the United States contribute funds to politicians who run for political office. They are playing an increasingly significant role in the American political system because they allow communities to pool their resources for greater impact.
IAPAC's mission is to provide candidates for political office, regardless of party affiliation, who are attuned to the domestic needs and issues of the Iranian American community with financial support. The candidates who receive contributions from IAPAC have an exceptional track record on the domestic issues of importance to the Iranian-American community, have articulated a readiness to engage and work with Iranian-Americans in addressing their concerns, or are in a position to have influence over the domestic legislative issues of concern to the community. Foreign policy issues are not taken into consideration for supporting or opposing a particular candidate, including a particular candidate's views or activities with respect to the Iranian government. Our analysis is exclusively focused upon the candidate's track record on domestic issues as they pertain to the Iranian-American community.
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