The Political Action Committee of the North Carolina Home Builders Association (NC Build-Pac) purpose is to raise and spend money to elect candidates running for political office in North Carolina. NCHBA formed Build-Pac because it cannot make direct contributions to a candidate. NC Build-Pac helps elect pro-housing candidates by contributing to their campaigns.
Contributions to NC Build-Pac are in investment in the future of your business and the home building industry as a whole. Candidates who receive support from NC Build-Pac know the critical issues and understand the depth of that support because it comes from thousands of builders and associates across the state. NC Build-Pac contributions are essential to promoting a pro-housing agenda in the legislature and local governments statewide. Uniquely, out of all funds raised by HBAF members, 30% comes back to our local reserve. This allows the HBAF to use those funds to directly support local candidates running for office in our community.
If you would like more information regarding NC Build-Pac, contact Natalie Fryer, 910-826-0648 or Natalie@fayhba.org
Build-Pac is a political action committee (PAC). Pac’s are organizations dedicated to raising and spending money to either elect or defeat candidates running for political office. Incorporated membership associations cannot make direct contributions to a candidate. However, they may set up a Pac to do so.
NAHB Build-Pac is the bipartisan political action committee of the National Association of Home Builders. NAHB’s goal is to support and elect pro-housing candidates at the federal level through the voluntary contributions of NAHB members. NAHB Build-Pac only engages in federal election activity and these activities are governed by the Federal Election Commission.
In an effort to get more involved at the state level, NCHBA created a state political action committee. While the two Pac’s share the same name, the state Pac is a separate entity from the NAHB Build-Pac. North Carolina has its own set of campaign finance laws, administered by the North Carolina State Board of Elections, which governs the filing and activities of state Pac’s. By law, NCHBA Build -Pac can only contribute to candidates for office in the state of North Carolina Such as: Governor or Commissioner of Labor, races for the General Assembly and local races.
WHY CAN’T BUILD-PAC USE MY DUES MONEY OR ACCEPT A CONTRIBUTION FROM MY BUSINESS?
Both federal and state laws prohibit use of members’ association dues or funds from their business account to elect candidates. Therefore, all Pac’s must legally rely on personal contributions from their members.
WHO RUNS BUILD-PAC?
You do! Each local association has a trustee who sits on the NCHBA Build-Pac Board of Trustees, which approves contributions given to candidates for statewide office or for the General Assembly. Contributions for local candidates are determined by the leadership of the local association.
The NAHB Build-Pac has two trustees from North Carolina who make recommendations for contributions to federal candidates who represent North Carolina.
DOES BUILD-PAC FAVOR DEMOCRATS OR REPUBLICANS?
Neither! Build-Pac is completely independent and bipartisan. Candidates are judged strictly on their own merits. We support viable pro-housing and pro-business candidates regardless of their political party affiliation.
DOES MY LOCAL HBA BENEFIT FROM MY CONTRIBUTION?
Thirty percent (30%) of every dollar contributed is put into a fund to be exclusively used by local associations. These funds are called “local reserves.” Most local associations choose to spend these donations to contribute to candidates for local races, such as mayor, county commissioner and/or city council. The remaining seventy percent (70%) of contributions goes into the general fund of NCHBA Build-Pac and is used to contribute to candidates for the General Assembly, statewide offices and other non-federal races.
The National Association of Home Builders sponsors a political action committee (NAHB Build-Pac) that represents the interests of home builders at the federal level. The NC Build-Pac and NAHB Build-Pac are not affiliated; however the combined scope ensures that candidates who share the interests and concerns of the home building industry are elected at every level of government. For more information regarding the NAHB Build-Pac, please visit www.nahb.org/buildpac.