RLDAM PAC FAQs
Q: What is RLDAM PAC?
A: RLDAM PAC is the state political voice of RLDAM members. It exists to strengthen and raise the profile of RLDAM as a respected political force in Maine state elections.
Q: What is the purpose of RLDAM PAC?
A: RLDAM PAC works to support the election of individuals for statewide and state legislative office. All contributions stay in Maine and go to candidates and legislators who work with RLDAM on the issues facing the LBM industry.
Q: Who does RLDAM PAC support?
A: RLDAM PAC supports candidates from all political parties so long as they support RLDAM issues.
Q: Why do we need a LBM industry PAC in Maine?
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 RLDAM 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 RLDAM PAC?
A:A body of Trustees consisting of RLDAM legislative committee members.
Q: How do RLDAM 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 RLDAM PAC?
A: Individuals or businesses can contribute to the PAC. There is no limitation on how much money can be given to a PAC.
Q: How can I make my donation?
A: You can write a check, payable to RLDAM PAC, and mail to:
Northeastern Retail Lumber Association
585 N. Greenbush Road
Rensselaer, NY 12144
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: RLDAM PAC's only purpose is to help elect candidates 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 RLDAM members.