A solid commitment from six major operators sets the example for an industry that needs more political clout to ward off harmful government regulations.
BOSTON — The Political Action Committee of the NATIONAL LIMOUSINE ASSOCIATION has firmed up annual pledges totaling $18,000 from six key NLA board members as the PAC gears up to raise $100,000 this year.
The potential for the NLA PAC is at its best in several years since Republicans took control of the House of Representatives in January and the overall federal political climate has become more favorable toward the type of small to medium sized businesses that comprise the chauffeured transportation industry.
“The PAC allows us to buy influence,” said Dawson Rutter, the NLA board director who is chairman of the NLA Political Action Committee. “You need to be able to support political figures with donations for their campaign funds. That gets them to pay attention to you.”
The PAC’s overall plan is to raise money in 2011 so it has solid funding for the 2012 election cycle. “If we have a few champions on Capitol Hill, we can get favorable rulings and legislation pushed through,” Rutter said. “If we don’t, we are voiceless. We have many issues on the table right now.”
The industry faces regulatory struggles with the Department of Transportation and the Department of Labor, especially in the areas of independent contractor laws and overtime wage rules.
The six NLA board directors who have pledged $250 per month each for 12 months include Rutter, CEO of Commonwealth World Chauffeured Transportation in Boston, and the following:
• Scott Solombrino, CEO, Dav El Chauffeured Transportation Network, Boston
• Diane Forgy, CEO, Overland Limousine, Kansas City, Mo., and NLA President
• Robert Alexander, CEO, RMA Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation, Rockville, Md.
• Richard Kane, CEO, International Limousine Service, Washington, D.C.
• Garry Buffo, CEO, Pure Luxury Transportation, Petaluma, Calif.
The NLA is sending out letters to its membership asking for either one-time donations or monthly pledges. It also is asking other board members for commitments similar to those already made by the six exemplary donors to the PAC fund.
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Anyone interested in donating to the PAC, whether in the form of one-time donation or a monthly pledge, should contact:
• Dawson Rutter, email@example.com, (617) 787-5575
• Tami Saccoccio, Commonwealth national affiliate director, firstname.lastname@example.org, (617) 787-5575.
— Martin Romjue, LCT editor