MRLDA PAC FAQs
Q: What is MRLDA PAC?
A: MRLDA PAC (political action committee) is the state political voice of MRLDA members. It exists to strengthen and raise the profile of the MRLDA as a respected political force in Massachusetts state elections.
Q: Who does MRLDA PAC support?
A: MRLDA PAC supports candidates from all political parties so long as they support our issues and will work in tandem with MRLDA.
Q: What is the purpose of MRLDA PAC?
A: MRLDA PAC works to support the election of individuals for statewide and state legislative office. All contributions stay in Massachusetts and go to candidates and legislators who work with MRLDA on the issues facing the LBM industry.
Q: Why do we need a LBM industry PAC in Massachusetts?
A: Having a PAC assists LBM dealers and associated companies in organizing themselves for more effective political action and maximizes the visibility of the LBM industry in the state Legislature.
Q: How does MRLDA PAC support candidates for state office?
A: Mostly financial contributions, but members and our government affairs team also meet with candidates to educate them on the issues in our industry.
Q: Who directs the activities of the MRLDA PAC?
A: A body of Trustees consisting of MRLDA legislative committee members.
Q: How do MRLDA PAC Trustees make decisions regarding donations?
A: Trustees consider factors such as the legislators' committee position, voting records on LBM issues, and responsiveness to the LBM industry when making donation decisions.
Q: Who can donate to MRLDA PAC?
A: In Massachusetts, individuals can make contributions to PACs. Business donations are prohibited. Individuals are limited to a max $500 contribution to a PAC in a calendar year.
Q: How can I make my donation?
A: You can write a check payable to MRLDA PAC and mail to:
- Patrick Huntington, MRLDA Treasurer
- Mass Bay Associates
- 49 Fairbanks Road
- Milton, MA 02186
Q: Isn't it better for me to contribute to a political candidate on my own?
A: If possible, we urge you to do both. Donating to a legislator at a local event enables you to make a personal connection with your local legislator and your specific business operations. A donation to the PAC provides our association with a collective voice that enables us to support legislators who have taken positions and actions that have benefited the entire state-wide membership.
Q: What if I don't want to support the other party?
A: MRLDA PAC's only purpose is to help elect legislators who will help the industry. Party affiliation is not considered by the Trustees when making funding decisions. Our association has been fortunate to have legislators on both side of the political aisle who have visited our businesses and successfully supported many important issues of interest to MRLDA members.