An important part of the American Coatings Association's (ACA) role as an advocate for the industry is to educate decision makers with regard to important industry issues. For several years, the industry has faced heightened challenges in both the political and legal arenas. Increasing focus on issues such as air quality, product liability, product stewardship, water quality and waste management, labor and safety in the workplace, corporate tax, and international trade all loom as potential threats to the vitality of the industry. All of these issues have a political component and are directly affected by decisions made by elected officials on the federal, state and local levels.
The Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act of 2002 and the ban on "soft" money have raised the importance of contributions from political action committees. ACA's political action committee (PAC) — PaintPAC — greatly enhances industry's efforts to make sure that its point of view is heard as part of an organized effort to educate and inform key decision makers.
In 2005, PaintPAC secured an important "multi-candidate" status with the Federal Election Commission. A "multi-candidate" committee is a political action committee that has been registered for at least six months, has received contributions from more than 50 different contributors and has made contributions to at least five federal candidates. Qualifying as a "multi-candidate" PAC enables PaintPAC to contribute more to candidates per each election.
PaintPAC offers the association an additional forum in which to advise candidates for national and state office, members of Congress, state legislators, and elected state agency officials about ACA's position on various issues. This is particularly important during an election year, where our efforts can help shape the outcome. In order to attain successful resolution of issues impacting the industry, everyone has to be involved.