Issues that affect one contractor, affect all. It is crucial for our industry to be actively represented in the political process as nearly every aspect of our business is impacted by local, state, and federal government activity. GBCA’s Political Action Committee plays a very important role in representing the voice of the union construction in our current political climate.
The GBCA PAC & AGC PAC need you.
The General Building Contractors Association (GBCA) works hard to develop both action and contributions to show the strength of our voice in government. It is important to elect legislators willing to listen objectively to our concerns, understand them and act accordingly.
Our opponents on important business issues are powerful. They often spend large sums of money to elect candidates who do not share our values and concerns and will fight our efforts to protect the construction industry.
“If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu”
Through a series of political action committees (PACs), the GBCA and AGC provide local, state, and national support for races important to GBCA members across the city, commonwealth, and country. Maintaining strong PACs signals to legislators that we have a strong grassroots network, effective leadership, and a committed membership. With that in mind, there are three specific PACs that are supported by GBCA members.
Local and State: The General Building Contractors Association PAC (GBCA PAC) is a fund of voluntary personal contributions from our members. The GBCA PAC represents the individuals in GBCA who join together by giving financial support to provide a strong, collective voice on local issues. A portion of the GBCA PAC fund is used to support the General Contractors Association of Pennsylvania (GCAP) PAC. The GCAP PAC represents a collective voice on state issues.
Federal: The Associated General Contractors of America Political Action Committee (AGC PAC) gives GBCA members a collective voice in the election of federal officeholders. AGC PAC advances the legislative priorities of the GBCA by helping to elect the candidates most likely to support those priorities. The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) PAC collects voluntary personal contributions from concerned members for use in making political contributions to candidates for the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Isn’t This Merely Buying Politicians’ Votes?
Absolutely not! Most candidates and officeholders are honorable people whose votes are not for sale. If they are going to be in a position to listen to our concerns, however, they must first get elected, and that is an expensive process. Those who receive PAC contributions are made aware that the contribution is from a constituent group of contractors and their associates – constituents who recognize their common interest in many public policy issues that affect their lives.
How Much Should I Give?
That is up to you. Contribution levels range from $50.00 to $5,000.00. It is a personal decision and you should contribute what you are comfortable with. All contributions are useful and welcome.
When Is the Best Time To Give?
Now! Contributions are invited and accepted throughout the year.
May I Use Company Funds?
No. Law requires that all contributions to candidates be made by personal funds. Corporate contributions are forbidden.
How Much Are PACs Allowed To Contribute To A Candidate?
PACs can give $5,000 to a candidate committee per election (primary, general or special). They can also give up to $15,000 annually to any national party committee, and $5,000 annually to any other PAC.