Frequently Asked Questions
Traverse Connect PAC or TC PAC.
The purpose of the Traverse Connect PAC is to support the nomination or election of qualified candidates to public offices in the U.S. Federal government, the State of Michigan, local governments within Grand Traverse County, and other local or regional offices, in addition to issues and ballot campaigns which espouse or reflect the policies and principles deemed important to Traverse Connect and its investors.
Personal checks can be made payable in any amount to Traverse Connect PAC and sent or dropped off to Traverse Connect PAC, 202 E. Grandview Parkway, Traverse City, MI 49684. Credit card processing may be possible at a later date, but for now, a check is the best and fastest way to contribute.
Not allowed: Corporate checks
Allowed: Checks from a Limited Liability Company (LLC), Partnership, or Professional Limited Liability Company (PLLC)
We will need to collect the following information from you for reporting purposes for both money and in-kind contributions:
- Name (First & Last)
- Complete address
Individuals are allowed to give an unlimited amount of direct or in-kind contributions to Traverse Connect PAC.
- Contribution of Money: A committee may accept direct contributions of money from legal sources. Direct contributions of $20.01 or more must be on written instruments such as a check, money order or credit card. Direct contributions of $20.00 or less may be received in cash.
- In-kind Contribution: In-kind contributions are goods, services and facilities donated or loaned to the committee at no cost or at a discount. An in-kind contribution could be a donation of postage stamps, paying off a debt incurred by the committee or donating professional services to the committee. The value of an in-kind contribution is the fair market value of the goods or services or the usual rental charge of the facility. If the committee receives a discount unavailable to the general public, the value of the in-kind contribution is the amount discounted.
- Joint checking accounts – spouses are allowed to contribute from a joint checking account. For reporting purposes, the contribution will be recorded from the person who signed the check.
- Limited Liability Company (LLC), Partnership, or Professional Limited Liability Company (PLLC)
- Other registered PACs
- Registered Party committees
- Anonymous contributions
- Cash contributions over $20.00
- Earmarking to a specific candidate committee
- Contributions from foreign nationals
- Making a contribution in the name of another individual or organization
- Contributions from corporations, joint-stock companies, labor organizations, tribes
- Casino interest holders
The Traverse Connect Board of Directors is the ultimate decision-maker in who receives contributions from the TC PAC. The board enlists the PAC Advisory Council and Traverse Connect staff to help vet and recommend candidates. The council and staff use a questionnaire, direct interviews, and voting records/public statements to inform their recommendations and decision making.
The advisory council and board consider four criteria when making a recommendation:
- The extent to which the candidate or PAC supports the mission and vision of the organization
- The extent to which the candidate or PAC supports the policy priorities of the organization
- The extent to which the candidate or PAC has proven leadership capabilities
- The extent to which the candidate or PAC represents the area or region
The easiest way is to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and staff will respond to you in a timely manner.