Contacting your members of Congress is a constitutionally protected right that helps to ensure that the elected official’s constituents’ perspectives are heard and understood as policy changes are considered. A phrase that is often repeated on Capitol Hill is “if you are not at the table, you are on the menu.” Professions without actively engaged members have a more difficult time advancing key legislation and defeating harmful bills. On the flipside, professions who can successfully mobilize to educate their members of Congress on key issues are able to win tough legislative battles.
Topic(s): Advocacy, Grassroots Advocacy Network
The Academy’s Political Action Committee (PAC) plays a key role in supporting federal advocacy initiatives.
In 2017, the Academy was able to make contributions to congressional champions such as Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV), Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA), Rep. David McKinley (R-WV), and Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA), among others, at fundraising events in Washington, D.C.
Topic(s): Advocacy, Political Action Committee (PAC), Grassroots Advocacy Network