IAPAC Hosts Meet & Greet Reception in Sacramento
Sacramento, CA - The Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC) held a Meet & Greet reception in Sacramento, CA on January 29, 2006. The event was hosted by IAPAC Trustees, Mrs. Shirin Rahimian and Mr. Javad Rahimian, and attended by active members of the Iranian American community.
The program began with introductory remarks by Mr. Javad Rahimian. Mr. Rahimian explained that the purpose of the reception was to educate Iranian Americans about the role that Political Action Committees (PAC) play in the American political process and to introduce the mission and activities of IAPAC to the community.
IAPAC’s Political Director, Mr. Morad Ghorban, gave a PowerPoint presentation detailing the organizations mission and highlighting its accomplishments. IAPAC is a registered bipartisan PAC that contributes to candidates for public office who are attuned to the domestic concerns of the Iranian American community. “IAPAC focuses exclusively on domestic policy issues such as civil rights and immigration, and encourages Iranian Americans to participate in the electoral process and run for political office,” Mr. Ghorban explained.
PACs were created under the 1971 Federal Election Campaign Act to guide the raising and spending of funds for candidates running for public office. They play an ever-increasing role in the American political system because they allow communities to maximize their impact by pooling their financial resources.
Mrs. Goli Ameri a personal friend of Mr. & Mrs. Rahimian was a guest at the event. Ms. Ameri is currently a Senior Advisor to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations and former Republican nominee for Congress in Oregon’s first district. The Iranian American community played an important role in her campaign and helped her
run a professional and competitive race.
According to the Federal Election Commission, Mrs. Ameri received approximately $400,000 in PAC contributions during her campaign, which helped distinguish her as one of the top challengers in the country. She was named one of the National Republican Congressional Committee’s ‘Super-Six’ candidates during the 2004 election cycle and become the first Iranian American to win a Congressional primary.