ACEC/NC Initiates a State PAC and and IE!
May 8, 2017
The mission of ACEC of North Carolina is to promote the business of engineering through legislative advocacy and business services. To strengthen the effectiveness of our advocacy, at the May 4th meeting, the Board of Directors voted to incorporate an ACEC/NC Independent Expenditure Account (IE) and an ACEC State PAC.
An IE is the most flexible of all advocacy/political action tools. An IE, in conjunction with a traditional PAC provides ACEC/NC enhanced ability to advance critical legislative issues that impact our membership and support candidates who support our issue positions. An Independent Expenditure Account gives us the capability to strengthen our voice with the North Carolina General Assembly and best advocate for issues important to the business of engineering!
Independent Expenditure Account allows for the following:
- Firm and personal contributions;
- Engagement in electioneering communication to address issues and endorse candidates - advertising, voter contact, events, issue education, endorsement, etc.
Independent Expenditure Account limitations:
- Funds cannot be used for political events requiring a campaign contribution directly to candidates;
- No direct coordination with a candidate or campaign regarding use of IE Funds.
Benefits of an IE to ACEC/NC:
- We are a firm-based organization - thus allowing member firms to contribute. (PACs can only accept personal contributions);
- Flexibility in how we support a campaign or an issue, such as the NC Connect Bond Referendum;
- Ability to form coalition partnering on major issues.
ACEC/NC State Political Action Committee (PAC)
- A new traditional PAC (personal contributions only) with the following limited goal: attendance at political events requiring campaign contributions to individual candidates;
- Transition from EPAC to focus our efforts on the establishment of a PAC that works in conjunction with our IE.
IE + PAC = Meaningful, Effective, Winning Strategies!
Jim Smith, PE
ACEC/NC Exectutive Director
Cell (919) 830-9631
ACEC/NC led Coalition passes Indemnification/Duty to Defend Relief in HB 871
July 9, 2019
The ACEC/NC coalition which included AIA/NC, NCSS, and ASLA-NC has just completed yeoman's work to ensure passage of a landmark piece of legislation, House Bill 871, Fair Contracts. As of July 8th the measure has passed both the NCGA House and Senate and has been signed by Governor Cooper. This is monumental change for our industry!
- Design Professionals cannot be made to "defend" an owner or any other party against claims involving professional liability asserted by third parties.
- Design professionals cannot be made to indemnify an owner or any other party if the design professional was not a "proximate" (direct) cause of the alleged damages or loss.
- The existing exemptions to the current indemnity provisions of GS.22B-1 for NCDOT, railroads, and public utilities are eliminated (and also do not apply to these new provisions).
- These protections apply to both public and private contracts.