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12/08/2012

Nearly 80 members step up to support ACEC's political action committees

Lobbying results show PACs work

A famous comedian used to quip, "Don't ever give money to politicians – it only encourages them!"

That's a funny line, and there's more than a grain of truth in it.

But in the real world – whether we like it or not – the reality is that any group of people that hopes to influence public policy must build relationships with elected officials who make that policy.  And it's only human nature that a candidate for office is going to show more interest in people who actively support his candidacy than those who do not.

That's the essential reason for being behind political action committees.

Some people say, "I don't contribute to PACs because I don't believe in them," or "I don't like the campaign finance process." Those sentiments certainly are understandable.  Not many of us would say we really like the role money plays in our political system.

But the reality is that this is the system we have, and until it's changed, business organizations such as ACEC must either get in the game and play by the rules, or get run over by those who do.

In 2012 nearly 80 ACEC Ohio members – some of whom undoubtedly have these kinds of personal reservations – pulled out their check books and wrote checks to help make ACEC's lobbying efforts in Washington and Columbus more effective.

Why? Because it works.

Just a few examples.

In the session of Congress just coming to and end, ACEC led the successful effort to repeal law that would have required government agencies to withhold payment of 3 percent of every one of your invoices. ACEC also helped repeal a law that would have required your firm to issue 1099 forms to virtually everyone with whom you do business.

At the state level, ACEC gained passage of legislation to eliminate the $25,000 exemption from the state's Qualifications-Based Selection law and put a new "direct selection" process in place to make it easier for local governments to award design contracts under $50,000.

Thank you to these ACEC Ohio members who made successes like these possible by contributing to the state PAC, the national PAC, and in many cases both, in 2012.

Douglas R. Batt

Alvin J. Berger

Steven R. Bergman

Kenneth F. Borah

David A. Breitfeller

Raymond J. Briya

Daniel Bucher

Michael G. Buettner

Travis Burr

Robert W. Campbell

James T. Cicero

Michael A. Ciotola

Tony D. Damon

Brian J. David

Kenneth R. Davis

Brent B. Downing

Thomas M. Doyle

Sandra C. Doyle-Ahern

Mark A. Droll

Michael E. Duffey

Richard L. Engel

Michael R. Flannery

Michael A. Frank

Rocco A. Gallo

James P. Garrison

Walid Gemayel

Joseph R. Grani

Charles F. Hammontree

Stan A. Harris

Greg E. Heaton

Mark P. Henderson

Jonathan D. Hren

John R. Hulse

William E. Hulsey

Richard J. Iafelice

M. Ali Jamshidi

Bipender S. Jindal

Hamid M. Kairouz

J. Timothy King

Robert J. Kirkbride

Eric M. Kistner

James B. Kleingers

Michael D. Kratofil

James D. Mawhorr

Brian P. McCartney

Nicholas W. McCullough

Lynn S. Miggins

Thomas J. Mignery

James R. Miller

Thomas E. Mosure

David J. Mosure

Jamal H. Nusairat

Scott D. Peyton

John P. Pierko

Daniel L. Prevost

C. K. Satyapriya

Ronald R. Schultz

Edward P. Sefcik

Christopher M. Shea

Clifford A. Shrive

Jay W. Shutt

Gregg J. Simon

Mark Skellenger

C. Michael Smith

Kenneth D. Sponaugle

Joseph E. Sullivan

Matt B. Tin

David F. Traini

Matthew J. Wenham

Kevin White

David Wiles

Richard L. Williams

Joseph D. Windau

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