Government Affairs Committees
The Grassroots Committee seeks to guide ABC National and its grassroots program to better inform members of important legislation which impacts their company and employees; cultivate influential relationships with representatives in the government at every level; educate and provide resources to members and to motivate them to become active in the political process; demonstrate to members the importance of their participation in the political and legislative process as well as shape legislation in ways that are favorable to the Association’s goals. Committee members are called on to be an advocate themselves, as well as provide insight from their experience on a personal, member and chapter level.
: The Grassroots Committee is open to all ABC members.
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This Committee is responsible for evaluating the Association's government policies as they relate to workplace issues to ensure consistent compliance with those policies. The Legislative Committee is the Association's voice to ensure that ABC continues to be recognized as the premier resource for construction workplace issues before the federal, legislative, executive and judicial branches. These workplace issues consist of labor-management relations, union market recovery programs and unnecessary federal government interference in the workplace. The committee will meet at various times during the year to discuss new trends and issues in the industry, evaluate various legislative proposals, develop strategies for legislative initiatives and establish issue priorities. Committee members may be called upon to meet with members of Congress to educate them on ABC's concerns and the construction industry in general.
The Legislative Committee is open to ABC members who are owners, human resource professionals and other company officials who deal with workplace issues on a day-to-day basis.
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Political Action Committee
The purpose of ABC's Political Action Committee (PAC) is to work within the federal election process to further the goals of the association. This is accomplished through educating ABC members on the importance of political activism and through financial support of merit shop federal candidates. The PAC is governed by a board of 17 members who are appointed by the ABC National Chairman on a regional basis to serve a term of three years. The PAC Trustees work with the Regional Vice Chairs and chapter leadership to promote political involvement and assist in raising PAC funds. Members of this committee also approve all disbursements based on well-established guidelines such as voting records of incumbents.
Potential Trustees must demonstrate an interest in national politics, as well as fundraising. Evidence of this interest can be established from the individual’s participation on chapter-level legislative, grassroots or PAC committees or in leadership positions such as National Board member of Chapter Chairman. He or she must also have the support of the Board of Trustees Chair before the nomination is sent to the ABC National Chairman for appointment. Per the bylaws, the Board shall be composed of 17 Trustees serving three year terms. At least two Trustees shall be from each of the eight ABC regions.
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Tax Advisory Group
This Committee leads the Association's government affairs in developing and promoting an agenda of federal tax items of specific concern to the construction industry. The group will help guide the Association's efforts in advocating our federal tax policy with Congress and within the IRS for issues such as look-back accounting, cash basis accounting, AMT, capital gains, estate taxes, independent contractor and others.
The Tax Advisory Group is open to all ABC members with technical knowledge of the complex tax areas affecting the construction industry, particularly accountants, chief financial officers and other related tax experts familiar with Internal Revenue Service regulations.
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Free Enterprise Alliance
Description: The Free Enterprise Alliance (FEA)
was founded in 2001 to advocate for the voice of small business as well as open and fair competition. As the issue advocacy arm of ABC, the Free Enterprise Alliance’s mission has been to educate our members, their employees, elected officials and the public about the issues important to free markets and open competition. Since its inception, it has fought for these goals through small and large issue advocacy and educational campaigns in more than 20 states. The Free Enterprise Alliance is governed by a board of ABC members who are appointed by the ABC National Chair and serve at their discretion. The Board works with the Regional Vice Chairs and chapter leadership to promote political involvement and assist in raising Free Enterprise Alliance funds. Members of this committee also approve all disbursements based on well-established guidelines and deliberation.
Potential Trustees must demonstrate an interest in fundraising, as well as national politics. Evidence of this interest can be established from the individual’s participation on chapter-level legislative, grassroots or PAC committees or in leadership positions such as National Board member of Chapter Chairman. He or she must also have the support of the Board of Trustees Chair before the nomination is sent to the ABC National Chairman for appointment.