Political Action—Why Are Engineers Getting Involved—

by Kneeland A. Godfrey, Jr., (M.ASCE), Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 345 East 47th Street, New York City, NY.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1980, Vol. 50, Issue 8, Pg. 66-67

Document Type: Feature article


Two engineering societies—National Society of Professional Engineers and American Consulting Engineers Council—in the past two years have established Political Action Committees. Their purpose is to collect political contributions voluntarily made by their members, and to distribute those monies as their individual PAC boards (their society boards may not make the decisions) determine, to selected candidates for the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives. The PACs, the only ones so far established by engineering societies, were created because of a belief that words alone are often not enough to have much impact on the Congress, and that dollars contributed to the election campaigns of selected legislators may multiply a society's impact. The article explains the genesis of PACs, gives guidelines as to their formation and operation, tells about the ACEC and NSPE PACs, and describes ways to contribute to federal campaigns in addition to PACs.

Subject Headings: Consulting services | Professional societies | Political factors | Professional development | Residential buildings | Legislation | Federal government

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