You must be a member of AOPA to make a contribution of the AOPA PAC. Only personal contributions are accepted, corporate contributions are prohibited. Federal law requires AOPA PAC to use its best efforts to collect and report the name, address, occupation and employer of individuals contributing more than $200 in a calendar year. Contributions to AOPA PAC are not tax deductible as charitable contribution.
The AOPA PAC supports qualified men and women, regardless of party affiliation, who recognize and support your right to fly. Among other things, AOPA PAC looks closely at candidate's record, past support for general aviation, committee assignments, leadership positions and political vulnerability.
AOPA PAC can give $5,000 to candidates per election (primary, general, special, etc.). In addition, AOPA PAC can give $15,000 annually to national party committees and $5,000 annually to other PACs, state parties and leadership PACs.
An individual’s donation to AOPA PAC is pooled with contributions from other AOPA members nationwide which means each dollar carries far greater weight than if a person contributed to a politician on their own. Because we pool individual contributions together, we are not able to accommodate individual donor’s requests on where funds are directed.
By acting through the PAC, AOPA members are part of a focused and effective campaign on behalf of general aviation to achieve maximum returns from limited dollars. The PAC allows us to back our friends in Congress who support us day-to-day in defense of our freedom to fly.
The AOPA PAC is a completely non-partisan entity and its primary goal is to help elect a pro-general aviation majority in Congress. We do not consider a candidates’ party affiliation or positions on non-general aviation-related issues when considering a contribution to an individual candidate.
Having bipartisan support is essential to getting anything done in Congress and to making progress on general aviation issues. While the perception is that Congress does not accomplish a whole lot, over the past few years’ general aviation has had some legislative success thanks in large part to our bipartisan support in Congress. For example, Senator Inhofe (R-OK) and AOPA worked for a year to get his Pilots Bill of Rights passed and signed into law in 2012. His bill passed a Senate where the Democrats were in the majority, because he had 65 bipartisan cosponsors. Then, before the bill could be signed into law, it passed the Republican-controlled House with ease because it carried bipartisan support. Just last year, the Small Airplane Revitalization Act was passed and signed into law because it too received bipartisan support in both the House and Senate