Actors’ Equity Association is forming its own political action committee.
The union for more than 51,000 stage managers and actors will be launching the PAC in the first week of April, with the goal of contributing money to federal candidates who support Actors’ Equity priorities. These include more arts funding, expanded health care coverage, protecting the right to organize, and specific entertainment legislation, such as the Performing Artists Tax Parity Act.
The PAC will be a separate organization from the union. Union members can choose whether or not to contribute money to the PAC (and contributions will not be taken out of dues paid to the union). Actors’ Equity would not share exact fundraising numbers, but said a “significant” number of current and former union leaders have already pledged to contribute to the PAC.