As the U.S. is seven months away from its midterm elections, NRCA is asking all members to contribute to ROOFPAC, the only political action committee dedicated to advancing the roofing industry’s interests at the federal level. NRCA offers multiple ways to get involved with ROOFPAC, including joining donor clubs, attending fundraising events and contributing via our new online platform.
An important cause
During an election year, the importance of a strong political action committee cannot be overstated. Every seat in the House of Representatives and 35 seats in the Senate will be up for election Nov. 8. The stakes never have been higher, and the roofing industry cannot afford to be left behind. ROOFPAC is a perfect opportunity to invest in candidates who support pro-business policies that help the roofing industry thrive. By supporting ROOFPAC, members can amplify the industry’s voice in Washington, D.C. ROOFPAC funds are carefully stewarded and successfully deployed. In 2020, more than 90% of candidates supported by ROOFPAC won their elections, strengthening the roofing industry’s influence on Capitol Hill.
How to give
There are a variety of ways NRCA members can contribute to ROOFPAC. Three donor club levels offer benefits and recognition, including the Emerging Leaders Club ($250), Capitol Hill Club ($1,000) and Political Insiders Council ($5,000). But any donation up to $5,000 is appreciated. Every dollar helps!
Much of ROOFPAC’s budget relies on fundraising events. During NRCA’s 135th Annual Convention and the 2022 International Roofing Expo® in New Orleans Jan. 30-Feb. 3, NRCA partnered with National Women in Roofing to host “Salute to the Big Easy,” a cocktail reception and live auction benefiting ROOFPAC. Nearly 200 guests gathered at The American Sector Restaurant and Bar at the National WWII Museum. Attendees enjoyed cocktails and New Orleans-themed fare while bidding on luxury vacations, Pappy Van Winkle bourbon whiskey, Dom Pérignon, customized suit jackets, handmade copperwork, a customized quilt memorializing the evening and fresh lobsters for a year.
NRCA also held its popular ROOFPAC silent auction on the trade show floor during the IRE featuring jewelry, trips, electronics and more. With the support of generous donors, the two events surpassed NRCA’s fundraising goal and raised more than $60,000 for ROOFPAC! Additional ROOFPAC fundraising events will be held during NRCA’s mid-year and fall meetings, and a virtual option will be available for anyone who can’t or prefers not to travel.
A new online feature at nrca.net/roofpac enables direct ROOFPAC donations, making donating to ROOFPAC easier and more efficient and allowing for more successful digital fundraising campaigns. NRCA would like to thank the following sponsors for their support of the project: Beacon Building Products, Herndon, Va.; Johns Manville, Denver; Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal, Wheeling, W.Va.; King of Texas Roofing Co. LP, Grand Prairie; R&B Roofing LLC, Garland, Texas; and Roofing Solutions LLC, Prairieville, La. Thank you for helping NRCA streamline the giving process!
ROOFPAC wins for you
NRCA and ROOFPAC have a strong track record of wins for the roofing industry, and every donation helps build upon these victories. From day one of the pandemic, NRCA led an industrywide effort to have roofing work deemed essential. It also worked to get legislation passed to support businesses during the crisis such as the Paycheck Protection Program. In addition, NRCA was successful in getting legislation passed to ensure expenses paid with forgiven Paycheck Protection Program loan funds are fully tax-deductible. NRCA also secured a $52 million increase in funding for career and technical education state grants that will benefit the industry throughout the supply chain.
Every dollar donated to ROOFPAC furthers the work being done to support pro-business lawmakers and candidates. One individual from each NRCA member company giving $50 annually to ROOFPAC would raise more than $350,000 per election cycle.
Thank you to the steadfast donors and businesses that have supported ROOFPAC. We’ve always known there are amazing people in the roofing industry, and during this pivotal time, roofing professionals and businesses continue to put the mission of growing ROOFPAC front and center.
ROOFPAC is the federally registered political action committee of NRCA and contributions will be used for political purposes. Contributions to ROOFPAC are not tax deductible and the name, address, occupation and employer’s name of individuals whose contributions exceed $200 during a calendar year will be reported to the Federal Election Commission. Contributions are voluntary and you have the right to refuse to contribute without any reprisal.
TERI DORN is NRCA's director of political affairs.
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