PaintPAC is a federally registered PAC, and is bipartisan in its giving.

Previous Contributions


PaintPAC Contributions during 2011:


U.S. Senate

John Cornyn (R-TX)

A former Attorney General and member of the Texas Supreme Court, Sen. Cornyn is in his second term as U.S Senator, serving on several key influential committees, including the Senate Committees on Finance; Budget; Judiciary; and Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. Sen. Cornyn has been a member of the Republican leadership since 2006 and is the ranking Republican on the Judiciary's Immigration, Refugees and Border Security Subcommittee.

During his tenure, Sen. Cornyn has voted against continued funding of ACORN and has influenced the budget for the key agencies that directly impact the paint and coatings industry. Sen. Cornyn also voted in favor of S. 365, the Budget Control Act of 2011, to raise the federal debt ceiling level earlier this year.

For more information about Senator Cornyn, please see his Senate website at, or his campaign website at

Scott Brown (R-MA)
Sen. Brown was elected to office via a special election in 2010 to fill Ted Kennedy’s seat in the Senate. He is serving the remainder of the late Senator Kennedy’s seat, and his term ends in 2012.

Some key votes placed by Sen. Brown include the following: in favor of the Budget Control Act of 2011, S. 365, the final debt ceiling bill; in favor of repealing the healthcare law signed into law by President Obama; in favor of repealing the tax-reporting provisions of the healthcare law; in favor of extending the Bush tax cuts; and in favor of overhauling the nation’s food safety system.

For more information about Senator Scott Brown, please see his congressional website at

George Allen (R-VA)
George Allen has a long history as a public servant in the state of Virginia. He served in the Virginia General Assembly; the US House of Representatives; was the 67th Governor of the state; and was elected to the US Senate in 2000 (he defeated incumbent Democrat, Chuck Robb). He is the son of the famous football coach.

George Allen lost his Senate re-election bid in 2006 to former Navy Secretary Jim Webb, after a campaign run-in that sent his campaign into a downward spiral. Senator Webb has indicated that he will not seek re-election. There will likely be a primary election contest as Teaparty candidate Jamie Radtke has announced her interest in the seat.

During his tenure in the US Senate, Allen introduced or authored several bills of note:

  • Introduced Constitutional Amendment to balance the budget;
  • Introduced Line Item Veto;
  • Introduced Paycheck Penalty Legislation, which withholds salaries from Congress until a budget is passed by beginning of the fiscal year;
  • Introduced National Innovation Act, which promotes growth of American science and engineering by grants, scholarships and training; and
  • Introduced "Long-Term Care Act", which would allow people to use their 401(k) accounts to pay for long term care insurance.

For more information on George Allen, please see his campaign website at

Ron Johnson (R-WI)
Sen. Johnson currently serves in the U.S. Senate. Sen. Johnson won his 2010 campaign against Sen. Russ Feingold, a 5-term Democratic veteran of the U.S. Senate. Sen. Johnson had never served in the state legislature or the U.S. Congress before his 2010 win. He is a businessman and active member of his community in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Sen. Johnson's business is a small plastics manufacturing company which has grown to become the largest producer of a specialty plastic used in medical device packaging and high tech printing applications.

Senator Johnson's victory accounts for one of the U.S. Senate seats that switched parties during the 2010 Midterm election.

For more information on Sen. Johnson, please see his campaign website:, along with his congressional website:

U.S. House of Representatives

Rep. Sam Graves (R- MO)
Rep. Graves is the Chairman of the House Small Business Committee, which has jurisdiction over a wide variety of issues that impact medium to small businesses, including regulatory flexibility and paperwork reduction efforts. In addition, the committee has oversight jurisdiction over the Small Business Administration, a government agency that has intervened on ACA's behalf on environmental issues with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and on transport matters at the Department of Transportation.

Rep. Graves is also a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which deals with transporting materials that are hazardous.

Both of these committees are extremely important to the paint and coatings industry.

Rep. Sam Graves was elected to Congress in 2000 and has easily won re-election since then. For more information about Rep. Sam Graves, please see his congressional website at

Rep. Pat Meehan (R-PA)
Rep. Pat Meehan (R-PA) represents the 7th Congressional District of Pennsylvania, which is home to a number of chemical facilities. Rep. Meehan is a first term member of Congress and has taken Rep. Charlie Dent's place on the Homeland Security Committee, where he participates in the crucial Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies Subcommittee.

Rep. Meehan also serves on the Transportation & Infrastructure where he sits on the Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Subcommittee.

Before winning his seat in Congress, Pat Meehan was the District Attorney in Philadelphia with a reputation for standing up to some pretty big players. Industry is working diligently with Rep. Meehan to educate him on critical issues surrounding the CFATS (Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards) legislation so that he can step into the opposition role that Rep. Dent previously filled.

For more information on Rep. Meehan, please see his website at

State-Wide Office

Tobias Read (D -OR Senate) 

Sen. Read was the sponsor of ACA's PaintCare bill in Oregon in 2009 and was instrumental in keeping the bill industry-oriented instead of the more costly and burdensome bill that the state agency was pursuing. Sen. Read was also the sponsor of ACA's successful bill in 2011 to provide more protection for confidential business information for the PaintCare program. 

For more information on Senator Read, please see his state website:

Tom Corbett (R- PA Governor)

Gov. Corbett is a Republican in his first term as governor of Pennsylvania, sworn in on Jan. 18, 2011.  Previously, he served as the Attorney General in Pennsylvania for two terms.  He was an active Attorney General, prosecuting crime such as state elected officials for ethics violations. 

Gov. Corbett has already successfully passed a budget that did not raise taxes and was on time, a feat not accomplished in Pennsylvania in many years. He has restored a sense of balance to the state environmental and regulatory policies for businesses, and he has lived up to this reputation as a pro-business candidate as Attorney General in his role as governor.  For more information on General Tom Corbett, please see his state website:, along with his campaign website:

Maine Senate Republican Majority
(Senate Republican Caucus PAC)

Maine House Republican Majority Fund
(House Republican Caucus PAC)

Maine House Democratic Campaign Committee
(House Democratic Caucus PAC)

Maine Senate Democratic Campaign Committee
(Senate Democratic Caucus PAC)

Mike Tryon (R- IL General Assembly)

Rep. Tryon serves on the Environmental Health Committee and the Environment & Energy Committee in the Illinois General Assembly, representing the Crystal Lake district. Rep. Tryon has been a member of the Illinois General Assembly since 2005.

In addition to serving in the Illinois General Assembly, Rep. Tryon is a principal and owner of two small businesses. He has proven himself to be a pro-business, moderate Republican and his Environmental Health Sciences degree is helpful to our industry as he has a very good grasp of the financial and environmental impact of legislation on the coatings industry. Most of the proposals that impact the paint and coatings industry is introduced in his two committees.

For more information about Rep. Tryon, please see his website at

Nia Gill (D- NY Senate)
Nia Gill is the New Jersey Senate President Pro Tempore and Chair of the Commerce Committee. Sen. Gill served four terms as a member of the New Jersey Assembly before moving to the Senate and eventually being named the President Pro Tempore.

As Chairwoman of the Senate Commerce Committee, Chairwoman Gill controls the committee’s agenda (i.e. which bills are posted for a vote). Two bills which are important to our industry are currently assigned to the Senate Commerce Committee: S-1384 (Weinberg) and A-938 (Vainieri-Huttle) require retailers to post warnings of lead poisoning from improper paint removal.

For more information on Sen. Gill, please see her campaign website:, along with her congressional website:


PaintPAC Contributions to Candidates during 2010 Midterm Elections


Candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives

Charlie Dent (R-PA)
Rep. Dent currently serves on three House committees: Homeland Security, Transportation and Infrastructure, and Standards of Official Conduct (Ethics). Within the Homeland Security Committee, he serves as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection. His work on the T&I Committee is vital to the paint and coatings industry as this committee has been dominated in recent years by the chairman, Rep. Oberstar who has initiated a congressional oversight investigation of the hazardous materials program at the US Department of Transportation. Industry desperately needs a friend on this committee as Rep. Oberstar and his staff have taken extreme steps to punish US DOT for implementation of reasonable programs and the impact on the coatings industry has been significant.

For more information on Rep. Dent, please see his campaign website:, along with his congressional website:

Rep. Dent is challenged by Democrat John Callahan (D), the current Mayor of Bethlehem, PA. –


Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX)
Rep. Doggett is a member of the House Budget Committee and a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over all tax and trade measures, as well as Social Security and Medicare. He has also has voted for a "pay as you go" rule that would force budget discipline on the federal government. In the past, he has been recognized by national non-partisan organizations, such as the Concord Coalition, for his efforts to cut the deficit. Taxpayers for Common Sense, another non-partisan budget watchdog group, has ranked Lloyd Doggett as the number one most fiscally responsible Congressman in Texas four years in a row.

For more information on Representative Lloyd Doggett, please see his campaign website at; and his congressional website at


Steve Stivers (R-OH)
Mr. Stivers served as a State Senator from January 2003 until December 2008 in the Ohio Senate. Throughout his career in the Ohio General Assembly, State Senator Steve Stivers was an advocate for programs and initiatives that promoted economic development and encouraged job creation.  For more information on Steve Stivers, please see his campaign website at

Senator Stivers really went to bat for the paint industry during his time in the Ohio Senate. During the lameduck session of the Ohio General Assembly in 2006, Senator Stivers worked tirelessly with the Ohio Paint Council to enact legislation that clarified Ohio's existing Tort Reform Law to make it clear that a product liability cause of action cannot be restyled as a public nuisance claim.  Senator Stivers provided great leadership and countless hours ensuring that this legislation was enacted prior to the end of the 2006 lameduck session.  While the new Governor Ted Strickland vetoed the legislation, a lawsuit filed by the House and Senate basically overturned the veto as the lawsuits were eventually withdrawn.

In an earlier run for a seat in the US Congress, Senator Stivers was narrowly defeated by Mary Jo Kilroy, the current incumbent and his opponent.  However, in 2008, many Democrats were voted in on the coattails of President Obama.  The politics of 2010 are very different and Senator Stivers is running an aggressive campaign.  He has a very good chance of unseating Rep. Kilroy as the tide continues to turn against incumbent Democrats.


Bill Shuster (R-PA)
Rep. Shuster is wrapping up his fifth term in Congress. He is the Deputy Republican Whip. In this capacity, Shuster assists the Republican leadership in crafting its legislative agenda on the House floor.  For more information on Rep. Shuster, please see his campaign website at and his congressional website at

Rep. Shuster also returns as the Ranking Republican Member on the Transportation and Infrastructure's Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Material making him the highest ranking Republican on that subcommittee. This subcommittee is one of the most important transportation subcommittees due to its jurisdiction over the transport of dangerous goods.  During the last year, Rep. Shuster has emerged a real champion for industry during the T&I oversight hearings on the Inspector General's investigation of the dangerous goods program at the US Department of Transportation.  The current political environment is ripe for a comprehensive examination of the federal Hazardous Materials Transportation Act in the very near future.  Industry would certainly welcome Rep. Shuster's active participation in such an effort.


Kurt Schrader (D-OR)
Rep. Schrader is in his first term as a member of the US House. Kurt has a long history of service in the state legislature before coming to Washington, serving in the Oregon House of Representatives and the state Senate where he chaired the Ways and Means Committee for several years.

He has already befriended the paint and coatings industry by becoming a co-sponsor of the HIRE Act (Home Improvements Revitalize the Economy Act, HR 3382).

Congressman Schrader currently serves as a member of the House Committee on Agriculture, House Committee on Small Business and House Committee on the Budget. Schrader is also the Chairman of the House Small Business Subcommittee on Finance and Tax. For more information on Congressman Schrader, here is a link to his bio:


Eric Cantor (R-VA)
Eric Cantor is the current Minority Whip in the US House of Representatives. Rep. Cantor is serving his seventh term in the House since winning his initial election in 2000. In his position as Minority Whip, there is a good chance that Rep. Cantor could become the Majority Leader if the Republicans are able to take back enough seats in the Fall elections to control the House.

Rep. Cantor has a long history of service to the state of Virginia, having served in the state legislature before winning his seat in Congress. He serves on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee which has jurisdiction over taxes. This committee will ultimately have to pass on the Home Improvements Revitalize the Economy (HIRE) Act , H.R. 3382, the industry's bill to stimulate the marketplace for consumer paint and other construction products.

In addition to his position on the Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Cantor has been vocal about his opposition to the Employee Free Choice Act. A contribution to Rep. Cantor is consistent with PaintPAC's goal of supporting pro-business candidates. For more information on Rep. Cantor, please see his congressional website: or the website for the Minority Whip:


Candidates for the US Senate

Rob Portman (R-OH)
Rob Portman is a very accomplished Republican in the state of Ohio. He served seven terms in the US House of Representatives from 1993 to 2005. He resigned his seat in the House when he was nominated by President George W. Bush (43) to be the U.S. Trade Representative, a post he served in from 2005 to 2006. President Bush then asked him to take on the challenge of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Mr. Portman left public service in 2007 and returned to Ohio, his family and private law practice.

During his congressional career, Rob Portman was a member of the Ways and Means Committee and was considered a strong pro-business candidate by the US Chamber of Commerce, voting consistent with the Chamber's positions 97% of the time. Portman was known as a bipartisan legislator who reached across the aisle, and he authored or co-authored over a dozen bills that became law. These included bills to reform the Internal Revenue Service (the IRS Restructuring Act of 1998), Cincinnati's National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, curbing unfunded mandates (the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995[3], expanding pensions offered by small businesses and increasing the contribution limits on 401(k) plans and IRAs. Portman also co-authored legislation to protect tropical rainforests worldwide (The Tropical Forest Conservation Act of 1998), to eliminate capital gains taxes on the sale of most homes, three bills to promote drug prevention and education, and a bill that was very recently enacted to help prisoners safely reenter society (The Second Chance Act of 2008). For more information about Rob Portman's congressional career and positions on the issues, please see

In recent years, Rob Portman practices law with Squires, Sanders and Dempsey and is a small business owner. Rob and his family own and operate the historic Golden Lamb restaurant in Lebanon, Ohio (just north of Cincinnati). For more information on Rob Portman, please see the biography on his campaign website: and the wikipedia page:


Patrick Toomey (R-PA)
Patrick Toomey is a former Congressman, having served in the US House of Representatives for three consecutive terms beginning in 1999.

Prior to coming to Washington, DC, he was the owner of a small, family-owned business in Pennsylvania. During his congressional career, Rep. Toomey established himself as a conservative, earning a 90% rating from the US Chamber of Congress and voting in favor of free trade issues 72% of the time. Notably, Rep. Toomey also voted to restrict frivolous lawsuits. He did not run for a fourth term, fulfilling a campaign promise to serve only 3 terms in the House. He did run, however, for the Senate in 2004, challenging Arlen Specter, the Republican incumbent in the primary, which he lost.

This campaign is interesting as Patrick Toomey is once again running for Arlen Specter's seat. However, Senator Specter changed parties and became a Democrat.  Rep. Toomey easily won the Republican primary. Senator Specter lost the Democratic primary to Joe Sestak, a Democratic current member of the US House of Representatives and now, Rep. Toomey is running against Joe Sestak, co-sponsor of the Employee Free Choice Act (Card Check), for the Senate seat. For more information on Patrick Toomey and his candidacy, please see his website at and for more information on his voting record during his three terms in the US House, see


Candidates for State-Wide Office

General Tom Corbett (R-PA, Governor)
General Tom Corbett is a Republican, in his second term as Attorney General in Pennsylvania. He has been an active Attorney General, prosecuting crime such as state elected officials for ethics violations. As such, in Pennsylvania has enjoyed a "rule of law" AG with no desire to expand or interpret the law to include public nuisance tort claims. During his tenure, General Corbett visited a PPG paint manufacturing facility and met with their employees.

General Corbett has demonstrated during his tenure as Attorney General that he is a pro-business candidate. For more information on General Tom Corbett, please see his campaign website: or his AG website:


Bill Brady (R – IL, Governor)
Bill Brady has served in the Illinois State Senate since 2002 having previously served in the House of Representatives from 1993 to 2001.  He is currently the Republican Spokesperson for the Senate Insurance Committee, and a member of the Senate Energy Committee, the Senate Environment Committee, the Senate Pensions and Investments Committee, and the Senate Revenue Committee.

As a legislator, Brady is a strong advocate for fiscal responsibility. He has also reformed workers compensation and tort law.  State Senator Bill Brady was formally declared the winner of the Republican nomination for governor by only 193 votes.  For more information about Senator Brady, please see his campaign website at He will face incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn (D).

Gov. Pat Quinn won the primary by fewer than 8,400 votes, narrowly beating the state comptroller in a race that turned notably harsh and personal.  Recent polls had Senator Brady as the frontrunner by over 10%.


General Doug Gansler (D – MD, Attorney General)
Douglas F. Gansler was elected on November 7, 2006, as Maryland's 44th Attorney General. In that election, Mr. Gansler received the most votes of any candidate in the State of Maryland.

In his first term as Attorney General, General Gansler has proven to be a very competent Attorney General. His office is well-organized and managed. Mr. Gansler has been elected as the national Co-Chair for the Democratic Attorneys General Association. He has also been appointed to the Executive Committee of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), the national Co-Chair of NAAG's Environmental Committee, the national Co-Chair of NAAG's Youth Access to Alcohol Committee, and the Vice-President of NAAG's Eastern Region. As Attorney General, Mr. Gansler has focused on environmental, public safety, and consumer issues. For more information about General Gansler, please see his website at and


Candidates for State Offices

Sheila Oliver (D-New Jersey General Assembly)
Speaker Sheila Oliver is a Democrat, and has been in the General Assembly since 2004. She has been climbing up the leadership ladder since her arrival, being named Assistant Majority Leader, then Deputy Speaker Pro Temporare and then finally Speaker of the Assembly. She is currently Co-Chair of the Bipartisan Leadership Committee. For more about Speaker Oliver, please see her Assembly website at


Joe Cryan (D-New Jersey General Assembly)
Majority Leader Cryan is the Majority Leader in the General Assembly. He has been in the Assembly since 2002, having served as Assistant Majority Leader, Deputy Majority Leader prior to being named the Majority Leader. For more information about Majority Leader Cryan, please see the Assembly website at


Mike Miller (D-Maryland Senate President)
Mike Miller has been a member of the Senate since 1975 and has been President of that body since 1987. He has been a powerful political force in the Senate for many, many years and it is widely known that any serious piece of legislation in Maryland must pass through his office successfully or its chances of passage are very limited. He is the co-chair of the Legislative Policy Committee.

For more information on Senator Miller, please see his State of Maryland legislative website at and his district website:


Michael Busch (D-Maryland General Assembly, Speaker)
Speaker Busch is co-chair of the Legislative Policy Committee, the committee that manages the work of the standing committees and controls the agenda for voting on bills. He is also very influential with the members of his party (in Maryland, it is overwhelmingly Democrat). It will be important to have a continuing relationship with Speaker Busch. For more information on Speaker Michael Busch, please see his website at


Kathleen DuMais (D-Maryland House of Delegates, Parliamentarian)
Delegate Kathleen DuMais has been a member of House of Delegates since January 8, 2003, and the Parliamentarian since 2007. She served on the Judiciary Committee from 2003 – 2006 and is currently a member of the Rules and Executive Nomination Committee, and the Special Committee on Drug and Alcohol Abuse. She is a also a prominent attorney in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Delegate DuMais is a well-respected member of the Democratic Party, and in the legislature. For more information about Delegate DuMais, please see her websites:


Senator John Cullerton (D – IL President of the Senate)
Senator Cullerton is newly elected Senate President and in that capacity, manages and controls all legislation, committees and their assignments, and the overall operations of the Senate.  While industry has sometimes differed on his legislative priorities, he was always willing to work with the Illinois Paint Council. As Senate President, he's been fair in assigning bills to committees.

Contributions to Senator Cullerton are being requested by State Senator Susan Garrett (D-Lake Forest), who is on the President's leadership team and also the chair of the Senate Environment Committee, which is where any paint specific legislation in the Senate will most likely be assigned.  For more information about Senator Cullerton, please see his website at


Rep. Harry Osterman (D-IL General Assembly)
Harry Osterman is a key member of the General Assembly in Illinois. He has been a member since 2000, serving as the Chairperson of the Local Government Committee and the Vice-Chair of the Appropriations-Human Services. In 2006, Representative Osterman sponsored a scaled down version of NPCA's model lead bill, H.4853, which was signed by Governor Blagojevich in June of that year.   H. 4853 created several public education requirements regarding lead-safe work practices that dovetailed on the efforts of our manufacturers and retailers under the Attorneys General "Lead Exposure Warnings and Education and Training Agreement." PaintPAC has made previous contributions to Representative Osterman's campaign.

Over the years, the Illinois Paint Council has developed a good working relationship with Representative Osterman, despite his initial reluctance to consult with industry on such matters. For more information on Representative Harry Osterman, please see his website at


Sen. Jane Nelson (R-TX Senate)
Senator Jane Nelson is a former public school teacher who represents Senate District 12, encompassing parts of Tarrant and Denton counties. She joined the Senate in 1992 after two terms on the State Board of Education in which she led the fight to correct more than 5,000 factual errors in school textbooks.

Senator Nelson serves as Chairman of the Health & Human Services Committee and as a member of the Finance, Government Organization, and Nominating committees, as well as Texas Legislative Council. She also serves as Chairman of two interim committees -- the Medicaid Reform Legislative Oversight Committee and the Joint Committee on Health & Human Services Eligibility.

For more information about Senator Nelson, please see her website: and


Rep. Burt Solomons (R-TX House of Representatives) 
A member of the legislature since 1995, Representative Solomons has been a strong conservative leader.  Rep. Burt Solomons is the Chairman of the State Affairs Committee and serves on the Select Committee on Government Efficiency and Accountability. It was the State Affairs Committee that had jurisdiction over HB 1234, the Texas legislation that would have imposed a $1.00 tax on aerosol coatings during the 2009 session.  The Texas Paint Council worked diligently with Rep. Solomons and several industry members testified at the hearing.  With the help of Rep. Solomons, this bill did not make any progress in the legislative process.

For more information about Representative Solomons, please see his website at


Rep. Patrick Rose (D-TX House of Representatives)
State Representative Patrick Rose is serving his fourth term in the Texas House of Representatives. In the Fall of 2005, Rep. Rose founded the Texas Manufacturers Caucus. The Caucus is a group of bi-partisan, geographically-diverse State Representatives and Senators who care about how state policy affects the manufacturing community and its ability grow and provide jobs. The caucus, which now has over 100 charter members, is focused on fostering policies to protect and grow the manufacturing jobs critical to so many of our local economies.

Rep. Rose is the Chairman of the Human Services Committee and the Vice Chair of the House Administration Committee.  He also serves on the Higher Education Committee and the Select Committee on Special Purpose Districts.  For more information about Representative Rose, please see his website at