Why does the Auto Care Association Have a PAC?

Posted by Kathleen Schmatz on February 16, 2015

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 PAC?”

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:

  • Makes our association more proactive.
  • Allows us to donate to officials who support our issues.
  • Helps 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.