I was excited to see how well ACPAC, formerly AAPAC, did in
2014. The PAC raised more than $90,000 from 195 contributors, making it the
best year ever. I’m often asked, “Why does the Auto Care Association have a
The simple answer to this question is that every other
association has a PAC, and if we did not have a voice on Capitol Hill we would
get drowned out by another association that does. PACs, or political action
committees, have been around since 1944. In fact, the number of PACs grows with
each election cycle and corporate PAC numbers grow the most.
When I think of ACPAC I believe that it:
our association more proactive.
us to donate to officials who support our issues.
us meet our legislative goals and supplement other government affairs efforts.
- Gives us a united voice. While individual giving is important, an association
with a PAC is able to present a more powerful voice.
- And, it gives us an opportunity to participate in the political process.
I especially like this last point because this
year is the 20th anniversary of the PAC and that represents for us
an “opportunity.” It gives the association an opportunity to celebrate its
continued importance to the legislative agenda of the profession and its
government affairs efforts. In the ever-changing political environment, it is
important to grab onto opportunity when we can.
As we saw in the midterm elections
last year, the Republicans are once again in the majority. Moreover, there are 13 new senators and 58 new representatives.
This provides an exceptional opportunity for the PAC to educate the freshmen members
of Congress as well as continuing to educate the returning members about issues
important to the auto care industry. We want to continue to make progress in
strengthening our industry’s influence on Capitol Hill and having ACPAC allows
us that “opportunity.”
So I urge everyone to visit the website to learn more about the
Auto Care Association’s Political Action Committee. Let’s fight to keep our
industry not just alive but thriving.