The Legislative Action Organization (LAO) is a voluntary, unincorporated, non-profit political action committee. Its purpose is to protect our pensions and other benefits by educating the public and legislators about issues of concern. It raises and disburses funds to help elect candidates to the California Legislature and State constitutional offices that are likely to be favorable to the legislative goals of RPEA
The Independent Expenditure Committee (IEC) is a voluntary, unincorporated, non-profit committee authorized by Proposition 208 (1996) and Proposition 34 (2000). It raises and disburses funds to either support or oppose associations, coalitions, initiatives, constitutional amendments or other legal actions that would affect our members’ benefits.
These committees are supported by voluntary contributions. If you authorize CalPERS to withhold a regular donation from your monthly CalPERS pension check, it must be $2.00 or greater. LAO and IEC are two separate deductions. Individual checks may also be sent to Headquarters payable to either the LAO or IEC, or individual checks to both. Contributing individually to the LAO and IEC is a powerful way you can help elect candidates and protect our pensions and benefits.
Neither committee is affiliated with any political party. These committees are wholly responsible to the interests of RPEA. Funds are managed by trustees in accordance with the LAO and IEC Bylaws. No RPEA dues money is used by LAO. Funds are kept in separate accounts and are not comingled with general RPEA money
From the Bylaws of the Legislative Action Organization
The purposes of the LAO are to:
Contributions to the LAO-RPEA shall be strictly voluntary. Request for funds from members may be made by the RPEA Newsletter or methods deemed appropriate by the trustees. There shall be no intermingling of funds or expense accounts between LAO and any other entity within RPEA.
From the bylaws of the Independent Expenditure Committee
The purposes of the IEC are to: