Transportation PAC



SMART Transportation Division (formerly United Transportation Union or UTU) members, active and retired, need and deserve good government and sympathetic legislators. That’s because, compared with others, our jobs, pensions and futures are more directly affected by the actions of state and national lawmakers.

SMART TD and our members must work for and help candidates whom we feel are capable and knowledgeable and who recognize the problems that affect airline, bus, rail and transit workers.

The best way to help elect representatives who understand the concerns of SMART TD members is by contributing to SMART TD PAC.

The best way to have a voice in matters that affect your finances and your family is by contributing to SMART TD PAC.

SMART TD PAC is federally registered. By law, SMART TD PAC relies solely on voluntary contributions from SMART TD members. Contributions to SMART TD PAC are then used to provide financial assistance to the campaigns of federal and state candidates who will work to pass legislation that protects and promotes air, bus, rail and transit issues of importance to SMART TD members.

  • SMART TD PAC contributions can be started or increased anytime, and they are deducted automatically from your paycheck.
  • SMART TD PAC contributions also may be made on a one-time basis by check, anytime, by active members and retirees who seek a more responsive government.
  • SMART TD PAC contributes to qualified state and national political candidates, regardless of party affiliation.
  • SMART TD PAC protects the interests of active and retired members and safeguards laws, working conditions and pension rights.
  • SMART TD PAC has well-organized advisory boards in 49 states and the District of Columbia, and an office in Washington, D.C.
  • SMART TD PAC has more than 28,000 members across the country. They welcome your support and investment in the future of our great nation.

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You can now elect to donate electronically via the Member Portal when logged in. To view instructions on how to do so, please see the link below, which is only visible if you are logged in to the Member Portal.

You also can fill out a donation form and give it to your Local Secretary & Treasurer or email to, Again, you must be logged in to the member portal. The link will appear below.

Contributions to SMART TD PAC are used for both Federal and State political purposes. Donations are completely voluntary and members may give more or less than the indicated PAC contribution club levels. Contributions may be canceled any time by writing to SMART TD PAC or by emailing Neither your employer nor the union will discriminate or retaliate against you based on whether or not you choose to contribute to SMART TD PAC. Federal law prohibits SMART TD PAC from soliciting donations from anyone other than the executive and administrative personnel and members of the organization, and families of these individuals. Any contributions received from any other person will be returned to the donor. Contributions to SMART TD PAC are not tax deductible.

Federal law requires us to use our best efforts to collect and report the name, mailing address, occupation and name of employer of individuals whose contributions exceed $200 in a calendar year.

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