Interested in running for elected office, working on a campaign, or on candidate recruitment? Then this program is for you!
Whether you’re looking into running for City Council, your County Board of Supervisors, a State Assembly seat, Congress, or are simply interested in the political process and want to get involved, the Redding Chamber Candidates Academy sponsored by the Redding Chamber Political Action Committee*, is the place to start you off on the right track.
This program is non-partisan and is designed to empower pro-business citizens of Shasta County to run for elected office. The Academy will be held on Wednesdays for four weeks from 3:00pm - 5:00pm January 19th, 26th, February 2nd, 9th. Location is to be determined.
Refreshments are include and the cost is $200.
Guest speakers will be in attendance to facilitate seminars with discussion topics ranging from developing a passion to run for office to funding a winning campaign. The session topics and locations are as follows:
Session One: Know Your "Why" & Know the Issues - Develop the Passion to Run for Office
Facilitator: Former Mayor, Mike Dahl, January 19th
Session Two: Nuts & Bolts of Running a Campaign
Facilitators: Consultant, Tenessa Audette with Shasta County Clerks Office Staff, January 26th
Session Three: Utilizing Traditional Media and Social Media - Developing & Disseminating Your Messaging Strategy
Facilitators: Marketing Professional, Tyler Whitlow with Local Media Experts, February 2nd
Session Four: Endorsements: What, Why, Who, How?
Facilitators: Chamber President & CEO, Jake Mangas with Accountant, Karina Lapp, February 9th
*A note about the Redding Chamber PAC-
Helping to elect business-friendly candidates is a common role of Chambers of Commerce across the country and is one of our main functions as a business advocacy group. Nearly 80% of our 1100 members have told us they expect us to participate in this activity. It is not a role we take lightly. Our volunteer Political Action Committee and Board of Directors allow an opportunity for each candidate to be interviewed and then make endorsement decisions on pro-business candidates when appropriate. Chamber staff then reflects those decisions in the community.
These activities are permissible under the Chamber’s 501(c)(6) tax designation as stated by the IRS:
IRS 501(c)(4), (c)(5), and (c)(6) organizations may engage in political campaigns on behalf of or in opposition to candidates for public office provided that such intervention does not constitute the organization’s primary activity.
IRS 501(c) organizations may generally make expenditures for political campaign activities if such activities (and other activities not furthering its exempt purposes) do not constitute the organization’s primary activity.
Organizations described in IRS 501(c)(4), (c)(5), and (c)(6) may engage in an unlimited amount of lobbying, provided that the lobbying is related to the organization’s exempt purpose.”
Monies for this fund come from designated donations from Chamber and community members who give specifically for this purpose. Political Action Committee donations are kept completely separate from any membership, sponsorship, or event revenue; or any other source of revenue not designated for this purpose.