April 19, 2006 7:20 AM CDT
Working Hard in Washington
Jessica Johnson Bennett
The MAC PAC Fundraiser, held on March 28, 2006 in Las Vegas was a great success
The MAC PAC fundraiser held on March 28th during the Annual Convention in Las Vegas was a great success. Thanks to those of you who so generously contributed, MAC PAC was able to raise just under $20,000 to go towards promoting candidates who are pro-masonry. While the first event was a success, we cannot stop there.
Early in March Labor unions announced that they will fund their largest midterm election program ever, by spending $40 million on a 2006 campaign to educate and turn out pro-labor voters in November; likewise Corporate America and small businesses will surpass or match these funds to elect Members of Congress who support issues important to them. Not only will voters go to the polls to re-elect or elect 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives and one third of the Senate, but many states have Governors races as well. These are perfect examples of just how important the upcoming midterm elections are and how much they mean to both workers and employers.
Through vehicles such as MCAA's Political Action Committee (MAC PAC) we can make our voices heard and contribute to candidates who have the industries best interests at heart. MAC PAC does more than help elect pro-masonry candidates; it earns MCAA respect in Washington. An association with a strong PAC demonstrates that it has a strong grassroots network, effective leadership, and a committed membership - in short, people who can positively influence public policy.
The Masonry Industry Legislative Conference will be held April 24-26, 2006
In addition, to supporting and contributing to MAC PAC, please join us in Washington April 24-26, 2006 for the Masonry Industry Legislative Conference. This year we will be co-hosting the conference with 3 other industry associations: Brick Industry Association (BIA), Building Stone Institute (BSI), and National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA). This is an excellent opportunity to visit our Nation's Capitol to meet first hand with the decision makers that affect both regulatory and legislative issues. There are several issues that are critical to the masonry industry facing Congress currently. Many of them will be debated on the floor of the Senate during our conference. It is imperative that we take this opportunity to educate Members of Congress about our industry. You will have the opportunity to hear from various Senators and Congressman. So, it is our responsibility to make sure that these decision makers understand how the decisions they make affect you as business owners. Help us make a
difference by attending the 2006 Legislative Conference to do your part in advancing the issues of the Masonry Industry. Please click here for more information. We look forward to seeing you all there and to making our voices heard in Washington in 2006.
About the Author
Jessica Johnson Bennett was the Director of Government Affairs for MCAA. She has an extensive background in public affairs and government relations. Her expertise in strategic planning, PAC management and operations help on key policy issues.
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