NABPAC History


“Huddled in the Virginia Room of the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC early in November, 1977 the 51 business leaders listened intently as they were given a 2-day short course on American political action which could revolutionize the role of business in American politics and government. Their goal: The election, in 1978 and beyond, of candidates who favor less government, not more, and who are believers in the free enterprise system. The group: The National Association of Business Political Action Committees (NABPAC), formed in April, 1977...” Washington News - 1977

The National Association of Business Political Action Committees (NABPAC) is a 501(c)(6) non-profit trade association founded in 1977.  NABPAC is the nation's only organization dedicated to promoting, defending and professionalizing PACs and political action professionals.  From its founding, NABPAC has been dedicated to the premise that voluntary contributions to candidates, Parties and other political entities provide the critical resources necessary for pro-business candidates to carry their messages to voters. 

NABPAC's mission has evolved with the maturation and sophistication of the business PAC community.  In its early years, NABPAC promoted the need for corporations to form "separate segregated funds" (colloquially known as PACs) following the Sun PAC Advisory Opinion and passage of the Federal Election Campaign Act Amendments of 1976.  During the 1980s and 1990s, NABPAC fought to preserve PACs as they faced challenges from a "reform" community that sought their elimination.  As PACs have demonstrated their viability and become more widely accepted as sources of funding for congressional candidates, NABPAC has expanded educational training programs for members in four critical areas: communications, compliance, fundraising and strategic planning. Now in its fourth decade of existence, NABPAC offers a comprehensive series of educational offerings through an annual conference, PACRap luncheons, peer roundtables, and regular special briefings on topics of concern. Members also are provided unparalleled opportunities to receive timely, insightful input from legal and PAC professionals through the Legal Hotline and PAC Help Hotline, and our Mentor Program.

NABPAC's history is a tribute to the 51 visionary business leaders who started with a simple idea in 1977.  NABPAC's future is dedicated to building on this rich tradition and providing America's business community with ready access to innovative, best-in-class strategic PAC management tools.