A Few Comments About Texas Parent PAC Endorsement Process and Finances
The Endorsement Process. Texas Parent PAC was involved in a six-month effort to evaluate candidates, with about 60 PAC supporters involved in researching and interviewing candidates. Rather than simply using a questionnaire to assess candidate viewpoints, the PAC interviewed each first-time candidate for one to two hours. Candidates were interviewed by large panels, small groups, conference calls, and in one-on-one situations. Final decisions on endorsements were made by the Board of Directors.
A Select Number. Texas Parent PAC is only endorsing a select number of legislative candidates because in some races: (1) there is more than one strong education advocate; (2) there is no candidate who we believe would be a consistent supporter for public education; (3) the preferred candidate does not have a viable campaign effort; (4) candidates did not seek Texas Parent PAC’s endorsement, as well as other reasons. Endorsement of a select number allows the PAC to concentrate its financial resources and volunteer time.
Bipartisan Endorsements. In each election cycle, Texas Parent PAC strives to financially support an equal number of candidates from both major political parties, as public education should not be a partisan issue. However, in the 2016 election cycle more Republicans were endorsed because there were many open seats (due to retirements, resignations, and seeking other offices) in areas where only Republican candidates can win.
Financial Contributions and Expenditures. Texas Parent PAC makes financial contributions to many of its endorsed candidates. Texas Ethics Commission reports listing PAC contributions and expenditures may be viewed on-line at https://www.ethics.state.tx.us/php/SimpleSearch.html (search Filer Account No. 57682).
Low Overhead, Volunteer Effort. About 95 percent of funds contributed to Texas Parent PAC are spent in support of campaigns. The PAC has low operating overhead, with no headquarters office and no salaried staff. PAC board of directors members volunteer their time to provide day-to-day leadership, and parent volunteers help with campaigns and fundraising. As needed, the PAC contracts with professionals having specialized skills to accomplish specific tasks.
Texas Parent PAC seeks to be transparent in its endorsement and financial processes. If you have questions, please send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org, and a volunteer will respond.