Government Affairs FAQ

Find answers below to frequently asked questions about NAA's Government Affairs programs.

1. What does the Government Affairs Department do?
2. Who do I contact about federal, state or local issues?
3. What are the apartment industry’s major policy and regulatory issues?
4. What is the Apartment Industry Mobilization Service (AIMS)?
5. What is the NAA Political Action Committee (NAAPAC)?
6. What is the Better Government Fund?
7. How does Government Affairs communicate with members and stakeholders?

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 1. What does the Government Affairs Department do?
The focal point for NAA’s advocacy initiatives is the Government Affairs Department, which employs a comprehensive range of strategies to influence public policy:

• Federal advocacy 
• State and local government affairs
• National grassroots outreach 
• Contributions to political campaigns  
• Proactive communications with NAA members, affiliates and stakeholders

 2. Who do I contact about federal, state or local issues?
For questions on federal issues or Government Affairs activities, contact Greg Brown. For questions about state and local issues, contact Fred Tayco.

3. What are the apartment industry’s major policy and regulatory issues?
Our priorities include:

• Tax reform
• Housing finance
• Immigration

For a full list of issues, read the 2013 Policy and Regulatory Issues.

4. What is the Apartment Industry Mobilization Service (AIMS)?
AIMS is the apartment industry’s grassroots network operating under NAA and NMHC’s Joint Legislative Program.  AIMS represents more than 60,000 multifamily housing advocates. AIMS alerts members about upcoming congressional action and provides help in contacting those staff and members of Congress who are most influential on major decisions.  For questions, contact Kathleen Gamble.

5. What is the NAA Political Action Committee (NAAPAC)?
NAAPAC seeks to support Congressional candidates who represent good government and understand the needs and concerns of the multifamily housing industry. NAAPAC strives to educate Congress about the apartment industry and guarantees that no decision is made that will affect the industry, good or bad, until its voice is heard. The NAAPAC's Fund Our Future (FOF) campaign enables affiliated associations to give contributions to candidates in their own districts, as well as ensure that candidates in non-NAA districts are supported. For questions, contact Kathleen Gamble.

6. What is the Better Government Fund (BGF)?
BGF collects voluntary contributions to be used for NAA advocacy efforts both at the federal and state levels. Where permitted, BGF can also be used to contribute to political parties, and federal and statewide campaigns. In addition, BGF can support the administrative and fundraising efforts at the federal, local and state levels. The contributions may be soft money and can come from any source including personal, corporate and association funds. For questions, contact Kathleen Gamble.

7. How does Government Affairs communicate with members and stakeholders?
NAA communicates with members, affiliates and other key stakeholders through a number of vehicles to provide timely information and education on the latest policy issues impacting the industry.

• AIMS Updates (the Apartment Industry Mobilization Service’s e-newsletter with twice monthly updates on federal legislative and regulatory issues)
• HotSheet (a monthly e-newsletter reporting on the latest state and local legislative activity affecting the industry)
• Apartments Work: The Policymaker’s Guide to Rental Housing (a brochure explaining how apartment communities are planned, constructed and operated, and explained by the public policies that impact each stage)
• NAA/NMHC 2013 Policy and Regulatory Issues (provides a compendium of information on all major issues currently impacting the apartment industry)
• State and Local Policy Outlook (a publication identifying important state and local policy issues with several updates during each calendar year)
• Bi-weekly federal legislative and regulatory update calls (with NMHC staff briefings)

For questions on Government Affairs’ communications and public affairs activities, contact Carole Roper. 

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