The whole political landscape can be relatively complex and confusing, which is why BusinessVoice of Greater Lakeland, Inc. was formed in 2000 as a Political Action Committee.
What is a Political Action Committee (PAC)?
A PAC is a private group organized to elect political candidates or advance the outcome of a political issue or legislation. It is a State regulated organization with criteria for expenditures and income. For a list of PACs registered in Florida, visit the Division of Elections Web site.
I noticed the contact information for BusinessVoice is the same as the Lakeland Chamber. How are they related?
BusinessVoice, Inc. was created by a group of Chamber members in 2000 to act specifically as a political organization. The Chamber is involved in advocating for issues that affect the business community, but does not participate directly in the politics of the election process. The PAC offers members of the Chamber who choose to also join BusinessVoice the opportunity to have a direct influence on State and Local elections. Because membership in BusinessVoice is limited to Lakeland Chamber member companies, the Chamber serves as administrator.
Does any part of my Chamber membership investment fund BusinessVoice or it’s endorsements?
No. BusinessVoice is a separate voluntary investment. The Department of Elections makes each PAC’s quarterly financial reports available online here.