Aftermarket Insider - October/November 2009 - (Page 28)

govERNMENT AFFAiRS it’S all politicS Make an imPaCt: aaia’s Political action Committee the last several months for the aftermarket, as well other industries, has not been good. Take, for example, new employer mandates being considered for inclusion in health care reform legislation, continued consideration of labor union supported “card check” legislation. Or “Cash for Clunkers” initiative that resulted in the scrapping of 700,000 vehicles that could have been prime customers for vehicle repair services. And of course the failure thus far to pass Right to Repair legislation that will help assure the future of hundreds of thousands independent repair shops and parts distributors. All of these issues demonstrate that Congress is still not getting the message regarding the economic importance of the aftermarket both to the U.S. economy and to the motoring public. The news out of Washington over AAPAC permits AAiA members to pool their political contributions to provide direct support for candidates for Congress that have taken actions in support of the independent aftermarket. AAIA members have the power to raise the image of the independent aftermarket in Washington to another level by making their voices heard. A critical action that AAIA members can do to help protect their future is contributing to the association’s Automotive Aftermarket Political Action Committee (AAPAC). Similar to PACs organized by other industries, AAPAC permits AAIA members to pool their political contributions to provide direct support for candidates for Congress that have taken actions in support of the independent aftermarket. Contributing is a simple two-step process that takes only minutes, but can have an enormous impact on the efforts of the AAIA government affairs team as they strive to impact legislation now moving through Congress that might affect the automotive aftermarket. Contributions from AAPAC are made on a non-partisan basis to the candidates who have the best interest of our industry in mind as they consider legislation now before Congress. Based on the extensive anti-business and aftermarket agenda now being considered by Congress and many initiatives that soon will be considered, there is no better time than now to consider giving to AAPAC. Please visit www.aftermarket.org/ Government/AAPAC.aspx for more information or to fill out the approval and contribution forms. All contributions to AAPAC are voluntary and must come from personal and not corporate funds. If you have any questions about AAPAC, e-mail Ryan Carroll in our government affairs department at ryan.carroll@aftermarket.org. 28 | AFTERMARKET INSIDER | OCTOBER • NOVEMBER 2009 http://www.aftermarket.org/Government/AAPAC.aspx

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Aftermarket Insider - October/November 2009
Contents
President's Message
New Members
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“Be Car Care Aware” Vehicle Check-Up Events
Industry Events
Member Profile
Technology Update
International Focus
Association News
Market Research
Company Profile
Government Affairs
Industry News
Market Research

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