IAPAC Holds Meet & Greet Reception in Washington, DC
Washington, DC – The Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC) held a Meet & Greet reception in Washington, DC on April 6, 2005. IAPAC Junior Trustees Amie Ahanchian, Leila Abdi and Yasmin Zand hosted the reception. IAPAC Junior Trustees are supporters of IAPAC whose purpose is to assist the Board of Trustees in advancing the mission and goals of IAPAC and to solicit funds on its behalf. The purpose of the Board of Junior Trustees also includes encouraging and promoting the younger generations of Iranian Americans to actively participate in the electoral and legislative process.
IAPAC’s Political Director, Mr. Morad Ghorban, presented the mission, goals and the 2004 activities of the organization. Mr. Ghorban explained that Political Action Committees (PACs) were created under the 1971 Federal Election Campaign Act to guide the raising and spending of funds for candidates running for public office in the United States. “They are playing an increasingly significant role in the American political system because they allow communities to pool their resources for greater impact,” said Mr. Ghorban.
IAPAC was launched in May of 2003 in the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks and the subsequent crackdown on immigration and civil liberties affecting the Iranian American community. IAPAC focuses exclusively on domestic policy issues and encourages Americans of Iranian descent to actively participate in the electoral process. IAPAC ranked amongst the top twenty percent of all PACs in the nation in terms of receipts during the 2004 Election cycle and contributed to thirteen candidates running for public office as well as the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
Ms. Beth Eagle, Political Director of Congressional Affairs at the Bonner Group, Inc., joined the reception as a special guest. The Bonner Group is a premier Washington, DC based non-profit and political fundraising firm, which has worked on Presidential campaigns, House & Senate campaigns, and Gubernatorial campaigns. Ms. Eagle explained that PACs interact regularly with members of Congress and the political communities in Washington, DC and across the nation. “There is no question about it, to run a successful campaign for public office, you need the financial resources to compete. Our strategy at the Bonner Group is rooted in cultivating long-term relationships with major donors and with the PAC community here in DC,” said Ms. Eagle.
The reception ended with a question and answer session between participants, Junior Trustees, Mr. Ghorban and Ms. Eagle. IAPAC’s goal is to have a Meet & Greet event in each of the different regions of the United States where a large community of Iranian Americans reside. Meet & Greet events provide a unique opportunity to expand the reach and size of IAPAC by introducing it to new communities. IAPAC members and friends that are interested in organizing a Meet & Greet event may contact IAPAC’s office at 202-824-0718.