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ACA’s PaintPAC Active Leading up to Midterm Election Year

Contact: Heidi McAuliffe Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The 2014 Midterm Elections will take place on Nov. 4 for 36 Senators, all 435 Representatives to the U.S. House, and 36 Governors in the states. 2013 provided ACA’s political action committee, PaintPAC, with tremendous opportunities, and PaintPAC has been busy trying to capitalize on these opportunities. Over the last year, ACA’s PaintPAC has made 30 contributions to candidates or Leadership PACs — both Republican and Democrat — in what will be key races across the country. Of note, only candidates to whom PaintPAC made contributions in 2013 in New Jersey were up for re-election, and all nine of those candidates were successful in their races.

Historically, midterm elections tend to punish the party that holds the White House; however, events of 2013 may dictate a different result. There is no telling how the government shutdown and other events will impact voter behavior, if at all. 

ACA's PaintPAC allows the coatings industry to have a broad impact on elections all over the country at the federal, state, and local levels. PaintPAC's philosophy is to make a connection with a decision maker and to nurture that relationship so that we can count on an opportunity to provide some advice and education on those issues that impact our industry. These relationships are critical to our advocacy efforts, and during this presidential election year, ACA’s PaintPAC is well-equipped to expand these relationships in quantity and quality.

An essential aspect of ACA's role as an advocate for the industry is to educate decision makers with regard to important industry issues as it continues to face heightened challenges in both the political and legal arenas. Issues such as air and water quality, product liability, product stewardship, waste management, labor and safety in the workplace, facility security, corporate tax, and international trade all contain potential threats to and opportunities for the industry. All of these issues have political components and are directly affected by elected officials.

Campaign finance laws prohibit ACA, as a non-profit organization, from directly contributing to political candidates and to political parties. Contributions from a non-profit organization can be made, however, through the establishment of a PAC. As such, PaintPAC enables ACA member representatives and ACA staff to contribute to qualified political candidates and parties at the federal, state, and local levels who share our concerns and are "pro-business." PaintPAC was established in July 2002, and over its 10-year history, has provided ACA and our members another very effective avenue to educate decision-makers at all levels of government.

Historically, PaintPAC has sought out candidates who fit a pro-business profile and would advance a pro-business agenda. PaintPAC has accomplished this by identifying candidates early in their careers and nurturing that relationship as they grow in seniority, using ACA’s Paint Council lobbyist to identify candidates in those bellwether states, and supporting candidates who are friends of the industry and candidates who are party and committee leaders.

This year, however, PaintPAC not only grew in terms of the number of contributions made across the country, but also in expanding its relationships with candidates with whom the industry has a natural rapport, to include those with whom industry seeks a partnership and to gain understanding. Uniquely shaping these new relationships is ACA’s landmark post-consumer paint stewardship program, PaintCare®. ACA created PaintCare®, a 501(c)(3) organization whose sole purpose is to ensure effective operation and efficient administration of paint stewardship programs on behalf of all architectural paint manufacturers in the United States. PaintCare® undertakes the responsibility of ensuring an environmentally sound and cost-effective program by developing and implementing strategies to reduce the generation of post-consumer architectural paint; promoting the reuse of post-consumer architectural paint; and providing for the collection, transport, and processing of post-consumer architectural paint using the hierarchy of "reduce, reuse, recycle," and proper disposal.Across the political spectrum, PaintCare® is a win-win: it promotes recycling and shifts the cost and burden of post-consumer collection from government to industry. Consequently, legislators and interest groups that have historically opposed the coatings industry on certain environmental issues find themselves in agreement and in support of PaintCare®. PaintPAC has sought to support these legislators in the hopes of establishing a working relationship that will benefit the industry in all issue areas.

As such, PaintPAC made a number of contributions to legislators in whose jurisdictions the PaintCare® program was being considered, or where ACA hopes to bring the program.

The list of candidates to whom PaintPAC contributed in 2013 is shown below; PaintPAC’s website is undergoing renovation, but a complete list of candidates and other PaintPAC news will be featured there soon.

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CANDIDATES FOR U.S. CONGRESS

 

 

Sen. Mark Pryor

D-AK

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Dan Sullivan (Challenger)

R-AK

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Sen. Chris Coons

D-DE

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Rep. Dave Camp

R-MI

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Rep. Fred Upton

R-MI

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Rep. Sam Graves

R-MO

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Rep. Pat Tiberi

R-OH

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Rep. Pat Meehan

R-PA

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Sen. Tim Kane

D-VA

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Rep. Shelley Moore Capito

R-WV

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CANDIDATES FOR STATE OFFICE

 

 

Del. Kathleen DuMais

MD (D-15)

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Sen. Roger Katz

R-ME (Kennebec)

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Senate President Justin Alfond

D-ME (Cumberland)

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Sen. Tom Saviello

R-ME (Franklin)

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House Speaker Mark Eves

D-ME (N.Berwick)

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Speaker Shelia Oliver

D-NJ-34

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Sen. Jim Beach

D-NJ-6

W

Sen. Bob Smith

D-NJ-17

W

Asm. John Wisniewski

D-NJ-19

W

Asm. Grace Spencer

D-NJ-29

W

Sen. Tom Keane

R-NJ-21

W

Asm. Jon Bramnick

RNJ-21

W

Asm. Louis Greenwald

D-NJ-6

W

Asm. Scott Rudder

R-NJ-8

W

Rep. Jules Bailey

D-OR-42

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Rep. Tony Klein

D-VT

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  LEADERSHIP PAC

Senate Republican Majority Caucus

R–ME

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House Republican Majority Caucus

R–ME

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House Democratic Campaign Caucus

D –ME

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Senate Democratic Campaign Caucus

D -ME

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