What Is NAAPAC and Why Should I Care?
NAAPAC Is YOU and Other Apartment Industry Advocates!
Decisions are made in Washington, DC every year that directly impact the businesses in our industry and the homes we provide.
Successful advocacy includes building relationships with policymakers and having the resources to help friends of our industry get elected and reelected. developing strong legislative strategies.
It's you and people like you who make NAA's Political Action Committee (NAAPAC) work. Individual contributions added together make up our collective strength. NAAPAC gives the apartment industry a seat at the table.
NAAPAC Gives YOU:
A Seat at the Table. Would you rather be at the table, or on the menu? NAAPAC is your vehicle to support federal candidates who are open to the apartment industry's views on issues crucial to your business and the industry at large.
Credibility. NAAPAC gives our profession political credibility. It shows that we are willing to support lawmakers who help enact policies that will allow us to keep creating quality apartment homes across America.
Success. Growing our influence in Washington, DC, does not happen easily. It is an ongoing and long-term process that only succeeds as more and more NAA members participate. Your involvement makes NAAPAC grow in strength.
No Buts About It:
- But I already give to my state or local PAC
And you should! But remember that NAAPAC supports pro-apartment candidates at the federal level through your voluntary contributions. Your state or local PACs are separate entities that make sure the voice of the apartment industry is heard in the statehouses and city halls across America. Since legislation takes place at all levels of government, it is imperative that PACs be supported at the federal, state and local levels.
- But I already contributed to the candidate and party of my choice
Great! You should contribute to them. But NAAPAC gives you the opportunity to have a national impact on the election of candidates who will shape the legislation that affects business and the multifamily rental housing industry. When a candiadte gets a check from you, you could be supporting them for any number of reasons. When they get a check from NAAPAC, there is no doubt whose voice is being heard.
- But why does NAAPAC need me?
Because we are all in this together. Historically, less than 10 percent of all NAA members contribute to NAAPAC. This means 90 percent are counting on others to carry the whole load. If every member does his or her fair share, industry professionals everywhere will benefit.
- But I am philosophically opposed to political action committees.
The legislative process is not like a game of poker, where if you sit out you don't risk losing. If you sit out of the political process, you are guaranteed to lose. While this quote has been misattributed to Thomas Jefferson, it is true whoever said it: "We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate."
- But I do not want my money to go to support a Democrat/Republican
NAAPAC is nonpartisan in who it supports. Party labels are not considered. The record, program and quality of each candidate determine who gets NAAPAC support.
NAA Political Action Committee Disclaimer
Contributions to NAAPAC are not tax deductible for federal income tax purposes. Contributions to NAAPAC are for political purposes. All contributions to NAAPAC are voluntary. You may refuse to contribute without reprisal. The proposed contribution amounts are merely suggestions; you may choose to contribute more or less or not at all. NAA will not favor or disadvantage anyone by reason of the amount contributed or the decision whether to contribute. Federal law requires political committees to report the name, address, occupation and name of employer for each individual whose contributions aggregate in excess of $200 in a calendar year.