NRCA's 116th Annual Convention and Exhibit in New Orleans Feb.
11-14 provided a major boost to the association's political action
committee, ROOFPAC, which depends on convention events to replenish
its coffers. On Feb. 11, the convention's opening day, ROOFPAC
hosted golf, tennis and sporting clays tournaments.
These functions raised roughly $100,000 from individual
donations, or hard dollars, that can be used to support
congressional candidates, and corporate sponsorships, or soft
dollars, that are used to pay administrative costs. (See "Fighting
for the industry," July 2002 issue, page 16, for more
information about contribution designations and ROOFPAC.)
About 200 people participate in the golf tournament each year,
and the scramble format takes about five hours to play. Because
NRCA's trade show usually opens at 3 p.m. on the day all ROOFPAC
sporting events are held, it is imperative golf courses be no more
than 40 minutes driving time from a convention center and hotels.
Course selection is limited further by the need for a facility with
two 18-hole courses to facilitate player registration and
distribution of goody bags,...
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