RI Lumber Dealers PAC FAQs

Q: What is RI Lumber Dealers PAC?

A: RILD PAC is the state political voice of RILBMDA members. It exists to strengthen and raise the profile of RILBMDA as a respected political force in Rhode Island state elections.

Q: What is the purpose of RILD PAC?

A: RILD PAC works to support the election of statewide and state legislative candidates. All contributions stay in Rhode Island and go to candidates and legislators who work with RILBMDA on the issues facing the LBM industry.

Q: Who does RILD PAC support?

A: RILD PAC supports candidates from all political parties so long as they support RILBMDA issues.

Q: Why do we need a LBM industry PAC in Rhode Island?

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 RILD 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 RILD PAC?

A:A body of Trustees consisting of RILBMDA legislative committee members.

Q: How do RILD 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 RILD PAC?

A: In Rhode Island, only individuals may donate to a PAC. Businesses are prohibited from making such donations. You can donate up to $1,000 a year.

Q: How can I make my donation?

A: You can write a check, payable to RILD PAC, and mail to:

Sean Finnegan, RILD PAC Treasurer
2030 Nooseneck Hill Rd
Coventry, RI 02816

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 individual 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: RILD 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 RILBMDA members.