Political Activism & FranPAC - Franchising’s Political Action Committee
"Political action is the highest responsibility of a citizen." John F. Kennedy
One way IFA can be an effective public policy advocate for franchising is through a strong and vibrant PAC. FranPAC creates an opportunity for IFA members to provide financial support to candidates for federal office, and a robust PAC means more contributions to candidates who understand franchising and who will promote a legislative and regulatory climate favorable to franchising.
Thanks to the generosity and participation of IFA members, in the 2011-2012 federal election cycle, FranPAC has already invested just under $500,000 in support of over 90 selected franchise-friendly federal candidates.
Successful pro-franchising political advocacy efforts include not only a healthy FranPAC, but a powerful grassroots network. The two go hand in hand. Since the launch of a political education Web site for its members in the fall of 2002, IFA has made great strides in increasing voter awareness and turning out the vote. Franchisingvotes.com provides voter information, candidate profiles and election results. The site, www.franchisingvotes.com, provides IFA members the opportunity to write their Members of Congress, Senators and state legislators about issues that are important to the franchising community. In addition, you can register to vote, gather information about state and federal candidates, and even find your polling places. And as a benefit to IFA members, IFA member companies can set up pages like the franchisingvotes.com page for their own companies for free.
According to federal election law, IFA must have your permission before it can solicit your contributions to FranPAC. To receive the appropriate form or if you have any other questions, please contact Erica Fitzsimmons, Director of Political Affairs and Grassroots Advocacy, at (202) 662-0760 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information about federal election laws, please go to the Federal Election Commission Web site, www.fec.gov.