What is the proper legal structure for a PAC?

The only PAC officer required by law is a treasurer, who is ultimately responsible for record maintenance and disclosure reporting requirements.

Other officers, such as a chair, president, secretary need not exist for the purposes of campaign finance and election laws. However, if a PAC becomes incorporated, the law of the state of incorporation governs organizational structure.

New PACs may also want to consider additional governing documents. In addition to a Statement of Organization, bylaws can help to solidify structure and offer guidance over time by:

  • Establishing the PAC’s exact purpose
  • Describing the nature, duties and responsibilities of PAC officers, as well as how they are appointed
  • Creating committees charged with leading on specific areas of PAC activity (e.g., a fundraising committee, endorsement committee or personnel committee, for example)
  • Establishing criteria for candidate endorsements and contributions