We are now days away from election day (Nov. 8), where every seat in the House of Representatives and 34 seats in the Senate are up for grabs. Although it will be the end of a long and hard-fought battle for hundreds of candidates and their campaign teams, there only will be a few days reprieve. Much like today’s 24/7 news cycle, campaign season no longer has an end, and the next election cycle will begin as soon as the most recent ballots are counted and new legislators are sworn in.
The new timeline provides a longer period during which politicians are keenly tuned in to their constituents’ concerns and needs. It’s an ever-present opportunity for the roofing industry to make its voice heard and continue its investment in candidates who support policies that will help the industry thrive.
ROOFPAC donor clubs
When the current Congress took office in January 2021, NRCA had supported many candidates who ran successful campaigns. NRCA staff made sure all incumbents and newly elected freshmen members understood 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. ROOFPAC is the only political action committee dedicated to advancing the roofing industry’s interests at the federal level.
Created in 1990, ROOFPAC greatly strengthens NRCA’s efforts to proactively advance government policies that enable roofing industry entrepreneurs to successfully operate and grow their businesses. ROOFPAC relies on personal contributions made by NRCA members, and NRCA is working to expand member participation. You may have attended a ROOFPAC event or generously supported ROOFPAC in the past with a personal contribution, but are you familiar with the donor member clubs and the perks that go along with them?
By joining a donor club, you will be invited to attend exclusive networking events such as the ROOFPAC reception and live auction during NRCA’s annual convention and the International Roofing Expo.® ROOFPAC currently offers three donor clubs: the Political Insiders Council ($5,000 annual donation), the Capitol Hill Club ($1,000 annual donation) and the new Emerging Leaders Club ($250 annual donation).
You also can contribute online via a newly created electronic option available at nrca.net/advocacy/ROOFPAC. The online donating capability was made possible with the generous support of 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.
Your support matters
Any contribution is vital to ROOFPAC’s success. Whether you give $5 one time or set up a monthly donation, each dollar furthers the work NRCA’s advocacy team does to support pro-business candidates. One individual from each NRCA member company giving $50 annually to ROOFPAC would raise more than $350,000 per election cycle, which would help our efforts tremendously.
NRCA has achieved much success on behalf of its members, especially during recent tumultuous years. At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, NRCA led an industrywide effort to have roofing work deemed essential to ensure business could continue. NRCA’s Washington, D.C., staff worked to get legislation passed to support businesses and workers during the crisis, including the Paycheck Protection Program. In addition, NRCA met with lawmakers to help secure a $117 million increase in funding for Perkins Basic State Grants over three years to support career and technical education.
To continue building on these achievements without losing momentum, NRCA plans to grow ROOFPAC so it can be larger and more active. NRCA greatly appreciates every donation to ROOFPAC and recognizes the tremendous ongoing support of its members and generous donors. You are making a difference in the industry!
TERI DORN is NRCA’s director of political affairs.
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.
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