Organization Profile: Black America's Political Action Committee

Black America's Political Action Committee (BAMPAC)— founded and chaired by Alan Keyes— is the nation's largest minority political action committee and among the top 25 well-funded PAC's in the country. Although self-described as non-partisan, BAMPAC has historically benefited only Republican candidates who strictly adhere to its right-wing policies, such as supporting anti-abortion legislation, public school vouchers, the privatization of Social Security, and tax cuts.

Black America's Political Action Committee
2029 P Street NW Suite 202
Washington, DC 20036
Website: www.bampac.org

President & CEO: Alvin Williams
Founder and Chairman of the Board: Ambassador Alan Keyes
Board Members: Jackie Cissell (The Quandt Group), William C. Cleveland (former City Councilmember and Vice Mayor, Alexandria VA), Dr. Mario Lewis (Senior Fellow, Competitive Enterprise Institute), Amy Moritz Ridenour (President, National Center for Public Policy Research), Alvin Williams (President and CEO; co-founder, BAMPAC)
Finances: $1,617,000 (2004 total revenues)
Publications: BAMPAC Bulletin
Media: President Alvin Williams is often featured as a BAMPAC spokesperson in The New York Times, and The Atlanta Journal Constitution, and has appeared on ABC's Nightline, MSNBC's Equal Time, and BET's News with Ed Gordon.
Incorporated: 1994

Purpose

BAMPAC was created to specifically mobilize and garner "support for African-American candidates generally who advocate a common sense approach in resolving the important issues facing America in the 21st century." BAMPAC is instrumental in garnering financial support for candidates via grants or direct and assisted contributions. It is one of the nation's largest political action committees, and is the largest minority PAC in the country.

Activities

BAMPAC provides funding and resources to conservative candidates running for political offices at all levels of government. According to SourceWatch.org, [BAMPAC's] name misleadingly suggests that it represents the point of view of African-Americans, but in fact, opinion polls and voting patterns show that the vast majority of African-Americans disagree with BAMPAC's political positions. BAMPAC claims to be nonpartisan, but its IRS tax statement explicitly states that its mission is to elect "Republicans." Black America's PAC - SourceWatch

Current/Past Members/Staff

  • BAMPAC's former Political Director, Robert L. Trayham, II, moved on from his position at BAMPAC to work for Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, and is currently the Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Communications for the Senate Republican Conference.
  • In 2004, BAMPAC Chairman Alan Keyes was defeated by Illinois state Senator Barak Obama for the open U.S. Senate seat in Illinois. In 2005, Keyes recommended the nomination of Judge Roy Moore to the United States Supreme Court, on the basis that he is a strong believer in God and a strict constitutionalist. (Judge Moore resigned his position at the Alabama Supreme Court because he refused to comply with a U.S. Supreme Court demand that he take down a replica of the Ten Commandments.) Alan Keyes is also a regular speaker at right-wing anti-gay rallies throughout the country.

Issue Advocacy

  • Supports school choice in the form of vouchers, charter schools, public-private alliances, and home-schooling.
  • Advocates tax cuts and other financial incentives for entrepreneurs and businesses to increase development in neglected and rural areas.
  • BAMPAC is 'pro-life' and condemns government-subsidized abortions; the PAC is in absolute opposition to partial-birth abortions.
  • BAMPAC advocates the privatization of Social Security, a program which it claims has a "disproportionately detrimental affect on African-American families, especially males."

Funding

BAMPAC's donor base has grown to over 137,000 donors, generating more than $1,000,000 in direct and assisted contributions to candidates.

History

BAMPAC is the largest minority PAC and ranks among the top 25 PACS among 45,000 PACs in the United States.

Quotes

Alan Keyes on on the Republican Party
In 1992, according to the Washington Post, as Republican nominee in Maryland's U.S. Senate contest that year, Keyes denounced the national leadership of his party as racist, saying senior GOP officials had ignored or disparaged his campaign because he is black. GOP leaders "basically are sending the message that beyond a certain level blacks need not apply," Keyes said. "If I can work out in the fields, I think I ought to be allowed to come into the house for dinner."
Washington Post, "GOP Hopeful Says Party Is Racist," August 14, 1992

Keyes on Moderate Republicans
"On all the matters that touch upon the critical moral issues, Arnold Schwarzenegger is on the evil side. This is a fact. A mere list of the positions he supports is enough to make this plain: abortion as a 'right,' cloning of human beings, governmental classification of citizens by race, public benefits for sexual partners outside of marriage, disrespect for property rights against environmental extremism, repudiation of the right to bear arms - no more need be said to show that this candidate is wrong where human decency, human rights and human responsibility bear directly on political issues."
WorldNetDaily, "Arnold's corruption of Republican Party," October 6, 2003

Keyes on Black Leaders
" I think part of it is that the Black leadership, the vocal ones that the media concentrates on, are all bought-and-sold, step-and-fetch-its of depravity for the Democratic party."
–People For the American Way Foundation, "Eyewitness Report from the C-PAC Conference," February 21, 1999

"I think it would be a terrible shame to abandon the fate of America or the black community to the likes of people who are speaking as Julian Bond has spoken, but more importantly, the likes of people who have supported policies that have destroyed the black family, that support abortion, which is committing genocide against black people in this country with devastating demographic results that we have already seen in the course of the last census."
Hannity and Colmes, "Interview with Alan Keyes," July 12, 2004

Keyes on Reproductive Choice
"The violation on [sic] innocent human life is the same whether you commit terrorism or commit abortion."
–People For the American Way Foundation, "The Vocabulary of Terror: Anti-abortion politics since 9/11," April 10, 2002

"I will never again cast a vote for an individual I in conscience believe to be pro-choice, pro-abortion, not pro-life. Based on the confession of his heart in New Hampshire, when John McCain told us clearly that he would tell his daughter it was her choice — and every woman is somebody's daughter, so if you tell the daughters of America it's their choice, you're pro-choice. He is pro- choice, he is not pro-life. I will not support a pro-choice, pro- abortion candidate."
–Republican Presidential Debate, March 2, 2002

Keyes on Homosexuality
"Hitler and his supporters were Satanists and homosexuals. That's just a true statement." He added that, "The notion that is involved in homosexuality, the unbridled sort of satisfaction of human passions" leads to "'totalitarianism,' 'Nazism,' and 'communism.'"
–People For the American Way Foundation, "Hostile Climate 1997," p.26

Keyes on Equal Rights for Gay Americans
"It's about time we all faced up to the truth. If we accept the radical homosexual agenda, be it in the military or in marriage or in other areas of our lives, we are utterly destroying the concept of family. We must oppose it in the military. We must oppose it in marriage. We must oppose it if the fundamental institution of our civilization is to survive. Those unwilling to face that fact and playing games with this issue are doing so irresponsibly at the price of America's moral foundations."
–Republican Presidential Debate, January 6, 2000

Keyes on Hate Crimes Legislation
"The whole push with respect to hate crimes legislation is an effort to create a body of law that allows the government to coerce opinions, and to punish people because of their opinions. In this particular case, the opinion that is going to be punished is the opinion that homosexuality is immoral and against the laws of God. That opinion is now going to become a crime. And this whole push with respect to hate crimes is an effort to establish that agenda."
WorldNetDaily, "The Trouble with 'Hate Crimes'," October 16, 1998

Keyes on the Courts and Prayer in Public Schools
"If they tell us that we cannot pray in the classroom, we should pray. If they tell us that we cannot pray in the hallways, we should pray. If they tell us that we cannot pray at graduation ceremonies, we should pray. Because what they are doing fundamentally violates probably the most important of our God-given rights, which is the right to appeal for aid to our Almighty God."
–Renew America, "Alan Keyes on the Issues"

Keyes on Taxes
"The income tax is a twentieth-century socialist experiment that has failed. Before the income tax was imposed on us just 80 years ago, government had no claim to our income. Only sales, excise, and tariff taxes were allowed. ... Only abolition of the income tax will restore the basic American principle that our income is both our own money and our own private business not the government's."
–Renew America, "Alan Keyes on the Issues"

Keyes on the Democratic Party
"Democrats are going to have to go on record standing against the marriage-based family, standing for the continued annihilation of new generations of young black babies through the promotion of abortion in the black community. This is devastating, the truth is going to be told."
Hannity and Colmes, "Interview with Alan Keyes," July 12, 2004

Keyes on Affirmative Action
"Moreover, preferential affirmative action patronizes American blacks, women, and others by presuming that they cannot succeed on their own. Preferential affirmative action does not advance civil rights in this country. It is merely another government patronage program that secures money and jobs for the few people who benefit from it, and breeds resentment in the many who do not. It divides us as a people, and draws attention away from the moral and family breakdown that is the chief cause of the despair and misery in which too many of our fellow citizens struggle to live decently."
–Renew America, "Alan Keyes on the Issues"

Keyes on Jews and Anti-Semitism
"The tragic and violent clashes between blacks and Jews are unhappily not the product of a unique and isolated set of circumstances. I believe that, unwittingly, Jewish supporters of the government-dominated welfare state approach to the economic and social problems of the black community helped to create the mentality that now produces anger and anti-Semitism in black neighborhoods."
–Alan Keyes, "Our Character, Our Future," May 2, 1996, p. 48-50

Keyes on the First Amendment and Separation of Church and State
"[The Founding Fathers] put an amendment in the Constitution with … wording intended to tell the Congress and thereby the national government that the whole business of religious belief, that whole business of any regime, any attitude to be imparted through law, that it was none of the federal government's business.

"Now, that still gives rise to the possibility. Some folks don't want to see it. There might be states in which they require a religious test or oath of office. There might be states in which they have established churches, where subventions are given to schools and so forth to teach the Bible. There might be places where you and I might disagree with the religion some folks wanted to put in place over their communities. But guess what the Founders believed? They believed that people in their states and localities had the right to live under institutions they would put together to govern themselves according to their faith."
–Roy Moore Rally, Montgomery, Alabama, August 16, 2003


Updated: July 2006