Political advocacy and its meaning has changed in recent years.
The mission of ABC Eastern Pennsylvania and its legislative initiatives is to assure that any piece of legislation, ordinance or regulation does not create an unfair scenario, barrier, or impediment for Free Enterprise to thrive in the communities in which we serve in Philadelphia, Suburban Philadelphia, Lehigh Valley or Northeast Pennsylvania.
This mission does not recognize labor affiliation or political party as barrier to having open discussions to reach meaningful legislative solutions.
The Legislative Committee of ABC Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter monitors all construction and business related legislation, ordinance or regulations on both the national and state levels.
ABC National serves as a liaison with the Congress and various federal agencies that are involved with construction issues. ABC National also works to insure that ABC is represented on national industry and government advisory groups. Our chapter seeks a level playing field for everyone in construction to offer purchasers of construction services the best value for their construction dollar.
ABC’S POLITICAL ISSUES
Project Labor Agreements
Find the latest news and information on project labor agreements.
Find the latest compliance information for federal and state prevailing wage laws.
Labor & Unemployment
Legislation and news covering employee rights, labor relations, workforce development and workplace health and safety.
The latest in news and legislative developments related to taxes, fiscal policy, and the broader economy.
Energy & Environment
Legislative and regulatory news and updates regarding energy policy and the environment.
The latest news, legislative action, regulatory developments and compliance tools for hot button issues in federal, state and local procurement.
Find the latest updates and resources on the Health Care Law.
Learn more about the Construction Legal Rights Foundation (CLRF) and the latest in legal news.
ABC’S POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
The purpose of ABC PAC is to work within the federal election process to further the goals of the association through direct involvement in supporting and opposing candidates for the Office of President, United States Senate and United States House of Representatives. This is accomplished through educating our members on the importance of political activism and through financial support of merit shop candidates.
ABC PAC is governed by fifteen board members who are appointed by the ABC National Chairman. The board members serve a three year term and represent each of the seven regions. The ABC PAC Board of Trustees work with the Regional Vice Chairs and chapter leadership to promote political involvement and assist in raising PAC funds. Trustees also approve all disbursements to candidates based on well-established guidelines such as voting records of incumbents.
ABC’s PAC is your voice in elective politics. ABC PAC members’ contributions are combined with others to jointly support candidates. This provides a unified and powerful voice for the merit agenda. It is also an opportunity to participate in one of the largest pro-business PACs in the nation. Learn more.
FREE ENTERPRISE ALLIANCE
The Free Enterprise Alliance is leading the campaign to Halt the Assault on America’s free enterprise system. The Free Enterprise Alliance is the action arm for small businesses, entrepreneurs and other advocates of limited government, open and fair (and intense) competition, and the economically sound principles upon which America was built.
At the heart of the Free Enterprise Alliance’s mission is the belief that while we need government for common sense regulations, the scales have tipped too far in favor of government intrusion and its advocates. The Free Enterprise Alliance believes small business and entrepreneurs—not union bosses and federal bureaucrats—grow jobs and our economy. Learn more about the Free Enterprise Alliance.
LETTERS TO THE HILL
Sending letters to Congress and other government agencies allows ABC to publicly advocate the views and interests of our members. These letters are welcomed and often sought because of the respected and influential voice of ABC Government Affairs. Click here to learn more.
ABC ACTION CENTER As a member of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), you are a vital part of our legislative efforts to be the voice of the construction industry and further the merit shop philosophy. While ABC staff members work hard to promote legislation that is beneficial for the merit ship and the construction industry, we are most effective only when YOU are involved. Click here to visit the ABC Action Center.
STATE PAC RULES
OUR VOICE , YOUR FUTURE
To assure your voice is heard in Harrisburg, we ask that you contribute the ABC Eastern Pennsylvania Political Action Fund.
The contribution received into this fund are utilized to support events and campaigns of candidates and legislators in our territory.
To donate to the ABC Eastern Pennsylvania Political Action Fund, you must be a current member of ABC Eastern Pennsylvania. The funds contributed are directed to the ABC Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter Political Action Fund.
A donation form is available through the chapter office. When requesting a form, you will need a valid ABC Membership Identification number.
FEDERAL PAC RULES
Per Federal Election Commission (FEC) regulations, a corporate member company of ABC must first provide ABC PAC with prior authorization before any individual in its restricted class can contribute or be solicited.
Political action committees (PACs) of corporate trade associations like ABC (which has corporate members, not individual members) must first receive permission from a member company’s ABC primary contact prior to accepting or soliciting a PAC contribution. Only an individual (or immediate family members) in the “restricted class” of an ABC member company whose company has given prior authorization is eligible to contribute to ABC PAC.
The “restricted class” of a member company is defined as “the company’s executive and administrative personnel or their families.” Executive and administrative personnel are paid on a salary and have policy-making, managerial, professional, or supervisory responsibilities. The funds contributed are directed to the ABC National Political Action Fund.
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