Every seat in the House of Representatives and 34 seats in the Senate will be up for election Nov. 8. Although that may seem far in the future, campaign season already is in full swing in Washington, D.C. Major fundraising and campaigning used to occur in the six months leading up to an election, but those six months have morphed into a continuous cycle that begins anew the day after representatives and senators are sworn in.
This new timeline provides a longer period during which politicians are keenly tuned in to their constituents’ concerns and needs. It presents an opportunity for the roofing industry to make its voice heard and invest in candidates who support policies that will help the industry thrive.
Working on your behalf
When the new Congress took office in January 2021, NRCA’s Washington, D.C., staff was hard at work. Having supported many candidates who ran successful campaigns, NRCA made sure all incumbents and newly elected freshmen members were up to speed regarding the roofing industry’s critical issues, such as labor shortages, and proposed solutions. ROOFPAC, NRCA’s political action committee, plays a key role in amplifying the roofing industry’s voice on Capitol Hill as NRCA’s staff works with members of Congress to address key issues. ROOFPAC is the only political action committee dedicated to advancing the roofing industry’s interests at the federal level.
ROOFPAC’s activities greatly strengthen NRCA’s efforts to proactively advance government policies that enable roofing industry entrepreneurs to successfully operate and grow their businesses. Created in 1990, ROOFPAC has supported hundreds of probusiness congressional candidates. ROOFPAC relies on personal contributions made by NRCA members, and NRCA is working to expand member participation.
NRCA members have several exciting opportunities to support ROOFPAC during NRCA’s 135th Annual Convention and the 2022 International Roofing Expo® in New Orleans Jan. 30-Feb. 3.
Building on the smashing success of the past few years, NRCA will partner with National Women in Roofing to host “Salute to the Big Easy,” a cocktail reception and live auction Jan. 31. Held at The American Sector Restaurant and Bar at the National WWII Museum from 4-7 p.m., the event will allow guests to bid on vacations, artwork and more. Register for this fun-filled event by visiting nrca.net/roofpac-ire-2022-event.
NRCA also will host a silent auction benefiting ROOFPAC. A variety of jewelry, trips, electronics and more will be available for bidding. Participants can view and bid on silent auction items electronically at roofpac22.givesmart.com. Attendance at the convention and trade show is not required to place bids.
NRCA is grateful for many generous sponsors who help underwrite the costs of these events so all proceeds may directly benefit ROOFPAC. After many events were negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, member support is more important than ever.
NRCA members can contribute any amount to ROOFPAC up to $5,000 annually, and there are three club levels that offer benefits and recognition, including:
Every contribution to ROOFPAC matters, and even a modest contribution can go a long way. One individual from each NRCA member company giving $50 annually to ROOFPAC would raise more than $350,000 per year.
NRCA greatly appreciates however you choose to support ROOFPAC, and I look forward to seeing you in New Orleans!
TERI DORN is NRCA's director of political affairs.