ADVOCACY

ICBPAC

Supported by thousands of community bankers, the Independent Community Bankers Political Action Committee is a vital part of community banking advocacy.

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The Nation's Voice for Community Banks

Powered by the support of thousands of community bankers, ICBPAC is a vital tool that enhances ICBA’s Be Heard advocacy campaign and our industry’s voice in Washington.

As the only federal PAC dedicated exclusively to representing community banks, ICBPAC educates and supports candidates on both sides of the aisle who are committed to generating a successful economic and regulatory environment for community banks and the communities they proudly serve.

ICBPAC by the numbers 2021-2022 cycle

3,000 contributions from community bankers

$103 average contribution

$1.32 million raised

$840,000 disbursed

300 candidates and committees supported

94% of supported candidates succeeded last cycle

Community banks have risen to the call during this unprecedented time by supporting communities and small businesses when they’ve needed it most. Sharing our story with key allies in Congress strengthens our mission to navigate future challenges and ICBPAC plays a vital role in this advocacy effort.

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ICBPAC Advocacy Position

Position

  • ICBPAC supports candidates for federal office without regard to party affiliation. ICBA is neither Republican nor Democratic. We are focused on the politics of community banking.

  • ICBA urges CEOs of all member banks, corporate associate members, and state and regional partners to sign an ICBPAC Prior Authorization form and make an individual contribution to ICBPAC.

  • ICBA encourages all leadership bankers and Federal Delegate Board members to contribute to ICBPAC.

  • CEOs should encourage their eligible officers and employees to contribute to ICBPAC individually or by adopting payroll deduction as a contribution method.

  • CEOs should encourage their directors to contribute to ICBPAC. All banks that achieve 100 percent PAC participation from their board of directors are eligible for membership in ICBPAC’s Directors Club.

Background

ICBPAC is the only federal political action committee dedicated exclusively to supporting community banks in Washington. ICBPAC plays an integral role in supporting ICBA’s overall advocacy efforts by building relationships with Members of Congress serving in House and Senate Leadership, on key committees of jurisdiction, and policymakers with a proven record of supporting community banks top legislative priorities.

ICBPAC operates in a bipartisan manner to educate and support the campaigns of pro community banking candidates and elected officials that work to generate legislative wins for ICBA’s membership and the communities ICBA banks proudly serve.

ICBPAC has a history of raising over $1.85 million from over 2,500 ICBA leadership bankers, bank employees, and ICBA staff each election cycle. Contributions from ICBA membership allow ICBPAC to strategically identify opportunities to enhance ICBA’s visibility in Washington and build community bank champions in Congress through coordination with the ICBA Congressional Relations team, leadership bankers, and state association leaders.

ICBPAC disbursed nearly $600,000 to over 300 federal candidates and committees during 2021 and will continue supporting industry advocates in 2022 as midterm elections approach. ICBPAC is among the top federal PACs nationwide and is essential to ensuring that the voices of community bankers are heard on Capitol Hill. Broad support of ICBPAC through contributions by member bank CEOs, employees, and directors is vital for the success of ICBA’s advocacy activities.

Contact ICBPAC

Mary Randolph Gannon

Vice President, Political Operations

Washington, DC

Email

ICBPAC
1615 L Street, NW, Suite 900
Washington, DC 20036
icbpac@icba.org
P: 800-422-8439

2021 Directors Club

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FAQs

As dictated by Federal Election Law, in order to solicit the eligible employees (executive or administrative personnel, directors or shareholders) of an ICBA Member Bank, ICBPAC must seek and obtain prior written authorization of the member bank. Any bank representative with whom ICBA regularly conducts business can provide their signature on a Solicitation Authorization Form. Once ICBPAC has received a signed Solicitation Authorization Form, ICBPAC or the bank may conduct the solicitation. A bank may provide solicitation authorization to only one federal PAC per year. Authorization may be provided for up to five years at a time. 

Yes. A bank may provide solicitation authorization to only one federal PAC per year, but this authorization in no way prevents you from participating in your state PAC. 

Yes. Supporting ICBPAC does NOT preclude you from contributing to any other PACs or candidates on the state or federal levels. 

No. ICBPAC contributions are not tax deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes.  

No. Federal Election Law prohibits individuals from being reimbursed or advanced financially by their bank, the ICBA, any entity or individual for the purpose of making a contribution to the PAC. 

No. ICBPAC itself cannot accept corporate contributions; however, the PAC has a separate account, the ICBPAC Corporate Sponsorship Account, which can accept corporate sponsorship funds to be used to defray fundraising costs. Corporate sponsorships are available for most ICBPAC events (i.e. Auction and golf tournaments). 

Your ICBPAC annual contribution total, calculated on a calendar year basis (Jan. 1 – Dec. 31), includes all contributions made by you personally in that calendar year including individual cash, credit card or check contributions, ticket purchases made in conjunction with the ICBPAC Annual Auction, purchases made the night of the Auction and registration fees for various ICBPAC Golf Tournaments. Corporate Sponsorships, contributions raised from your directors/employees as well as gifts donated to the Auction CANNOT be counted toward your total.  

$5,000 per calendar year to each unaffiliated federal Political Action Committee, like ICBPAC.  $2,900 per election to each candidate for federal office – primary, runoff and general elections are each considered separate elections.

Once a Solicitation Authorization Form has been signed, eligible (non-hourly) employees (executive personnel, administrative personnel, directors and shareholders) of ICBA Member Banks AND Associate Members may be solicited for ICBPAC contributions. Non-ICBA Members may not be solicited. 

Yes. There are several legal disclaimer requirements with regard to PAC solicitations. Please contact ICBPAC Staff for assistance.  

ICBPAC funding decisions are made using a collaborative process including input from ICBPAC staff, the ICBA Government Affairs Team, ICBA members and State and Regional Partners. We welcome your input. Please don’t hesitate to contact ICBPAC staff with any information, recommendations or requests.