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FEC proposes to allow trade association PACs to use electronic payroll deductions

The Hill reports: Federal election officials moved today to make it easier for trade associations to raise money for political action committees.

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) voted to propose a new rule allowing associations to collect contributions by electronic payroll deductions from employees of member companies.

Employees can funnel a portion of their checks directly into their savings accounts, for example, and would also be able to earmark cash automatically to an association's political action committee, or PAC, under the FEC proposal.

For years, individual corporations and labor unions have been able to raise money this way but associations have not. -- FEC moves to help trade association PACs raise cash