September is Back the PAC Month
The AGC’s Political Action Committee (PAC) is a significant element of our overall advocacy program. The PAC is a fund that provides financial support to candidates for office who we believe will support issues important to the construction industry or at a minimum, maintains an open-door policy on our issues. PAC money does not buy votes, but does indeed open doors for discussion of issues.
Legislative actions have a major impact on your construction business – whether you are the company owner, office support staff or a craft worker. It’s important to elect leaders who are willing to listen to our concerns, understand them and act accordingly.
AGCMO has very dedicated members who fund the PAC in a variety of ways – and that support is essential to maintaining a well-funded PAC. This year, the PAC has been able to contribute over $147,000 to support candidates during the primary cycle and in the upcoming November election. Additionally, because of the strength and size of our PAC, we were able to contribute another $25,000 to the SaferMO.com campaign to help fund Missouri’s transportation system (this will be known as Proposition D on the November ballot). As you can see, the AGC invests in each election cycle and we use your contributions in the most judicious way possible. This process makes our PAC fundraising very cyclical: we raise it, spend it, raise it and spend it again. Simply put – we can never stop raising funds for our PAC.
It’s also imperative that we continually work to keep the AGCMO message and the construction industry issues in front of elected officials. In order to be successful in the Missouri legislature, the City of St. Louis Board of Aldermen and the St. Louis County Council, everyone in the industry must share in the financial efforts to make a stronger collective impact.
Contributions of all sizes are welcomed by the AGC of Missouri PAC – nothing is too small. Our member firms contribute in a variety of ways throughout the year:
- The annual dues statement includes a voluntary PAC contribution amount;
- The PAC typically receives over 50% of its annual revenues from participation in the 2018 Club. This year we tied last year’s record for participation with 38 club members!
- Members can donate items or cash, or purchase items at the PAC Auction at the annual convention. This year the PAC auction blew the lid off of previous records raising over $72,000;
- Members may participate in the Spring Golf Outing and the Sporting Clays Tournament (both held in May) with all proceeds going to fund the PAC;
Members may participate by making a contribution during Back the PAC month in September.
The AGCMO PAC can also accept contributions from individuals, and we encourage those as well. We currently have just under 40 individuals who contribute to the PAC personally.
Individual contributors support the PAC with an annual contribution (usually during Back the PAC month), much like they contribute annually to the other charities during their annual contribution drive.
Your contribution of $50, $100 or more is pooled with other funds from the industry to create a strong and vibrant PAC fund. Really – no contribution is too small and there are no limits on the amount an individual may contribute.
How does the PAC work?
The AGC of Missouri PAC Executive Committee is a subcommittee of the Governmental Affairs Policy (GAP) Committee and is made up of PAC contributing members who are well-versed in Missouri’s political climate. This committee works closely with our lobbying staff and our lobbying consultants to determine the recipients of our PAC funds. Decisions of the PAC Executive Committee are then reviewed and ratified by the full GAP Committee.
When we deliver these PAC checks personally, it provides AGC staff, lobbying team and members to get to know the candidate personally, develop a rapport, establish our knowledge base on industry issues and establishes the AGC as “the resource” on issues related to the industry.
Other Pertinent Facts
The AGC of Missouri PAC is not authorized to make congressional contributions (federal races); that is the function of the AGC of America’s PAC. PAC contributions are not tax deductible and there is no maximum contribution limit for individuals or corporations under current Missouri law.
Please consider contributing to the AGC of Missouri PAC during Back the PAC month! No form is necessary for a corporate contribution; just make the check payable to AGC OF MO PAC.