Political Action Committees

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Protect your PAC: Easily stay up-to-date and compliant with rules and regulations.

Even an honest mistake in PAC filings can result in a hefty fine. Vocus' software automates all aspects of managing your PAC, including electronic filing, and ensures compliance with the latest FEC and IRS requirements. Its powerful reporting capabilities and optional analytics for PAC provide clear accounting for all PAC activities.

Vocus' software includes powerful solicitation and correspondence features to help PAC administrators spread the word. It provides quick access to contributor and recipient records, including histories of contributions and receipts. It also provides real-time access to a database of incumbent federal and state legislators, complete with committee assignments.

Vocus' software also helps manage fundraising events and check requests. It keeps track of all receipts, disbursements and pledge billing with timesaving batch processing. It manages payroll deductions and wire transfers and even supports "soft money" transactions.

PAC Contributions

Increase online political action committee contributions by making the process easy and educational.

Vocus' Online Contributions is a customized Web site that makes it easy for your PAC supporters to make contributions online. Your site educates your PAC contributors about your issues and pending legislation that affects you. Vocus creates and hosts your site without assistance from your IT department.

PAC Contributions Key Features and Benefits

  • SOLICIT CONTRIBUTIONS VIA THE INTERNET
: Maintain a customized Web site that facilitates online political action committee contributions


  • MONITOR CONTRIBUTIONS AND ENFORCE LIMITS AUTOMATICALLY: 
Eliminate redundant data entry by logging contribution activity in each contributor's grassroots record.


  • INCREASE CONTRIBUTIONS WITH BETTER SERVICE
: Educate contributors about key legislation and issues. Make contributing fast, convenient and informative.

Analytics and Reporting

Effectively allocate your resources using advanced political action committee analytics and reporting.

Vocus' Analytics for PACs is the first and only product that analyzes your PAC receipts and disbursements, identifies results and trends, and presents findings in compelling, three dimensional color graphs and charts. For the first time, you can clearly see the correlation between your fundraising and PAC contributions, and legislative action.

Analytics for PAC provides a clear understanding of your receipts and disbursements and helps you better allocate your resources.

PAC Analytics Key Features and Benefits

  • DETERMINE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF YOUR PAC
: Determine and demonstrate the correlation between PAC activities and legislative action.

  • PRESENT CLEAR ANALYSES OF PAC RESULTS TO DECISION MAKERS: 
Create graphical reports showing a complete picture of receipts and disbursements.

Compliance Reporting

Focus on the big picture: Let Vocus handle your political action committee compliance reporting.

Two of the most important yet difficult tasks of managing a PAC are ensuring compliance with contribution and expenditure limits and filing FEC and state election commission reports. Vocus' software for PACs automates these complicated chores. Vocus monitors your contributions and expenditures and warns you when a transaction will exceed statutory or internally established limits.

PAC Compliance Reporting Key Features and Benefits

  • HELP ENSURE COMPLIANCE
: Automate the process of monitoring internal and legal contribution and expenditure limits, helping to ensure compliance.

  • FILE ACCURATE PAC REPORTS ON TIME, EVERY TIME: 
Generate PAC reports effortlessly in minutes. Reliably file reports electronically. Never miss a filing deadline.

Contribution Management

Political action committee contribution management features to keep your PAC compliant.

Stay on top of FEC guidelines and file your reports on time with Vocus' PAC contribution management features. Easily manage receipts, disbursements, and pledges. Reconcile bank accounts and generate financial reports in seconds.

PAC Contribution Management Key Features and Benefits

  • FEDERAL AND STATE LIMIT TRACKING: 
Make sure your PAC's contributions stay within FEC and State Election Commission-mandated limits. Vocus' software for PACs alerts you whenever you exceed these limits. Avoid the hassles and fines associated with over-limit contributions.

  • BUDGET MANAGEMENT: 
Set pre-determined spending limits on a per-seat basis. Vocus' software will warn you when a contribution exceeds your budgeted amount.

  • BANK RECONCILIATION: 
Make sure your PACs bank account balance corresponds exactly to the balance you've reported to the FEC.

  • CONTRIBUTION MANAGEMENT REPORTS: 
Use Vocus' built-in reports to audit, analyze and account for disbursement information quickly and accurately.
  • AUTO PRINT CHECKS
: Write checks using Vocus' check writer - integrated with the FEC reporting tool - to ensure that you report everything you spend.

Event Management

Political action committee event management features to allocate your time and resources wisely.

Efficiently determine which fundraising events to attend, which representative to send, and the appropriate amount to contribute at each event by using Vocus' event management features. When you receive a fundraising invitation, enter information about it -- the beneficiary, the event's location, the date. Based on that information and on your organization's contribution history, Vocus' PAC software will help you determine if it's worthwhile for your organization to support.

Don't waste time on events that support candidates who oppose your position. Don't waste time on events that support candidates to whose campaigns you've already contributed the FEC mandated limit.

PAC Event Management Key Features and Benefits

  • AUTOMATED APPROVAL PROCESS: 
Communicate with your PAC board or executives by submitting automated requests for approval or denial of event attendance. Track the PAC board's or the executives' responses and maintain an accurate audit trail of the approval process.
  • IDENTIFY CANDIDATE COMMITTEES
: Never miss a fundraising event that benefits an incumbent who sits on a key committee. Simply create a list of committees that you consider influential to your cause. Vocus will recommend your attendance at any event connected to a legislator who sits on a committee you've identified as important.
  • TRACK LOCATION, PARTICIPATION AND NOTES ON THE EVENT
: Keep accurate records of the benefits you derived from attending a particular event and the costs associated with attending the event. Review and report on the many events you've attended to get a "big picture" view of the actual, tangible effects of your event attendance over time.
  • AUTOMATICALLY CREATE DISBURSEMENTS FOR FEC COMPLIANCE: 
Use Vocus to automatically create a disbursement and cut a check once your PAC board or executives have approved attendance of an event.

Contact Management

Keep in touch with every contributor and keep track of their donations to the penny with Vocus' software for political action committees.

In addition to the advanced features you expect in the best political action committee contact management software, Vocus has features specifically designed to help you manage and grow your PAC.

PAC Contact Management Key Features and Benefits

  • TRACK INDIVIDUAL CONTRIBUTION LIMITS: 
Make sure your PAC is compliant with FEC regulations. Vocus' software keeps a running year-to-date receipt total for each contributor, and does not allow total contributions to exceed their individual FEC limit. This automatic feature saves you time, keeps your PAC in good standing with the FEC, and keeps you from incurring fines for noncompliance.
  • TRACK FEC-MANDATED EMPLOYER AND OCCUPATION FIELD
: Save time by using Vocus' automated FEC reports. For those individuals who need to be itemized, Vocus' software automatically records name, address, employer and occupation information, as well as a year-to-date contribution total and amount of last receipt-benefit -- so you don't have to.

  • FULL CONTACT INFORMATION INCLUDING DIVISION AND JOB CODE
: Categorize your potential contributors and invest your time wisely by identifying the most likely donors. With Vocus' software, you can analyze past contributors by various criteria to learn who has contributed the most in the past, who is most likely to contribute in the future, and which solicitation campaigns have been most effective. Spot trends in contributions and tailor your solicitation efforts accordingly.
  • SOLICITATION-ELIGIBLE CLASS IDENTIFICATION FOR OUTBOUND COMMUNICATION: 
Increase your efficiency by targeting your fund-raising campaigns exclusively to those employees or members deemed eligible for solicitation by FEC guidelines. Don't waste time or postage by sending a solicitation to anyone who falls within a restricted class.

  • HISTORICAL CONTRIBUTION INFORMATION
: Analyze the contribution histories of your employees or organization members. Generate reports and analysis to see what class of individual contributed in the past, so you can concentrate your fundraising activities where they will be most fruitful in the future. Easily identify "lost" individuals and target them for future solicitations. Increase PAC receipts to fund more grassroots activity.
Set pre-determined spending limits on a per-seat basis. Vocus' software for political action committee will warn you when a contribution exceeds your budgeted amount.

  • BANK RECONCILIATION: 
Make sure your PAC bank account balance corresponds exactly to the balance you have reported to the FEC.
  • CONTRIBUTION MANAGEMENT REPORTS: 
Use Vocus' built-in reports to audit, analyze and account for disbursement quickly and accurately.
  • AUTO PRINT CHECKS
: Write checks using Vocus' check writer - integrated with the FEC reporting tool - to ensure that you report everything you spend.

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