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NLA Ready To Convert Money Into Political Muscle

Posted on February 18, 2011 by LCT Staff - Also by this author - About the author

2011 INTERNATIONAL LCT SHOW: The National Limousine Association’s political action committee gets an injection of pledges and sets a new fund-raising goal.

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — The NLA PAC set a $100,000 fund-raising goal for 2011 while amassing a round of donation pledges totaling $18,000 during the NLA board meeting Sunday at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel.

A renewed political environment in Washington, D.C. with a Republican-led House of Representatives presents new opportunities for the PAC to connect with more Congressional representatives supportive of policies that can help the industry, said Dawson Rutter, chairman of the NLA’s legislative/political action committee, an NLA board director, and the CEO of Commonwealth Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation in Boston.

“We’ll be building our network of champions now going into 2012 [election cycle],” Rutter told the NLA board.

To kick-start 2011 fund-raising, six NLA board directors pledged a total of $18,000 toward the 2011 goal.

In 2010, the NLA PAC raised $16,500; spent $3,000; and retains a current balance of $20,000, Rutter said.

Rutter also cleared up the misconception among some industry members that the PAC is oriented to or favorable toward Democrats. During the last two years, the PAC had to work with those Democratic Congressional representatives helpful to the industry because Washington, D.C. was dominated by Democrats from January 2009 to January 2011.

“We supported Democrats in the past because we had no choice,” Rutter said.

With divided partisan government back on Capitol Hill, the PAC will seek to work with fiscally responsible and influential Republicans as well as more moderate Blue Dog Democrats who are pro-business instead of pro-labor, Rutter said.

“Pro-employee legislation must be overturned,” Rutter said. “You have a lot of audits going on that must be stopped. We need to make a concerted effort to boost the PAC fund.”

Operator PAC donations will help the NLA get the industry’s message across to those legislators that can move beneficial policies through Congress, Rutter said.

Anyone interested in donating to the PAC, whether in the form of one-time donation or a monthly pledge, should contact:

Dawson Rutter, [email protected], (617) 787-5575

or Tami Saccoccio, [email protected], (617) 787-5575.

NATIONAL LIMOUSINE ASSOCIATION WEB SITE

— Martin Romjue, LCT editor

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