For Immediate Release
Contact: Emily Pappas
Phone: (231) 357-6330
Washington, DC – The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA), a bipartisan organization that represents the Iranian American community, on behalf of its affiliated PAC, the Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC), announced today that it will lift its suspension of political contributions for the 2022 election cycle. The pause in donations was put in place in response to the events that took place at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th to allow the organization time to review the criteria for making political contributions.
“After a thoughtful review of our candidate recommendation process, IAPAC has resumed its political giving in order to effectively engage and educate lawmakers about the Iranian American community. The suspension is lifted for the members of Congress who voted to certify the Electoral College while allowing the organization time to diligently review the records of the lawmakers who voted not to certify the results from Arizona and Pennsylvania. The aim would be to identify those members whose actual conduct encouraged the attack on Congress and not those who just voted to not certify the election results. This will help ensure those receiving IAPAC’s support exemplify integrity, civility, and a commitment to the fundamental beliefs of our country.
In January PAAIA condemned, in the strongest terms possible, any and all attempts that undermined our nation’s democratic process and the will of the American people. We feel strongly that those who engaged in actions that encouraged, aided, or abetted the January 6th attack on Congress should be held accountable. This includes those who spread false claims about the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election.”
April 1st, 2021