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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

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U.S. coating manufacturers have much to be thankful for this season: They racked up an overwhelmingly winning record in the 2012 elections.

Thirty-seven of 40 candidates supported by the American Coatings Association’s political action committee, known as PaintPAC, notched victories in this month's elections, the association reports.

The PAC was "incredibly active" in the run-up to the November elections, ACA said.

"PaintPAC had an historic year,” ACA said in announcing the victories. The paint and coatings advocacy group, which represents manufacturers, made 52 contributions to individuals and four contributions to Leadership PACs.

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Scott Brown basked in his 2010 victory to fill the seat of Sen. Edward Kennedy, but Massachusetts' Republican junior senator was one of three unsuccessful PaintPAC-backed candidates this year.

Two of the association's three losses were in the U.S. Senate, where both PaintPAC-backed candidates—Republicans George Allen of Virginia and Scott Brown of Massachusetts—were defeated. However, the nine Republicans and one Democrat backed by the PAC for the U.S. House of Representatives won their races.

ACA did not disclose total amounts contributed, but it noted that 16 elected officials who received funds were not up for re-election in 2012.

About PaintPAC

Campaign finance laws prohibit ACA, as a non-profit organization, from directly contributing to political candidates and to political parties.

Contributions from a non-profit organization can be made, however, through the establishment of a political action committee (PAC). As such, PaintPAC enables ACA member representatives and ACA staff to contribute to "qualified political candidates and parties at the federal, state, and local levels who share our concerns and are pro-business."

PaintPAC was established in 2002, July when ACA was still known as the National Paint and Coatings Association (NPCA).

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Traditionally, PaintPAC has supported candidates who fit a “pro-business” profile and would advance a “pro-business” agenda, according to the ACA.

However, in 2012, the association also supported legislators and public interest groups that have historically opposed the coatings industry on certain environmental issues.

Many of the new relationships developed due to ACA’s post-consumer paint stewardship program, PaintCare. The non-profit organization's sole purpose is to ensure effective operation and efficient administration of paint stewardship programs on behalf of all architectural paint manufacturers in the United States.

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PaintPAC made a number of contributions to legislators in jurisdictions the PaintCare program is being considered or where ACA hopes to bring the program.

Oregon, California, Connecticut and Rhode Island have already developed legislation modeled after ACA’s program. PaintPAC made a number of contributions to legislators in jurisdictions where the PaintCare program is being considered, or where ACA hopes to bring the program.

ACA said it hoped to establish a working relationship with those legislators who support PaintCare, in order to benefit the industry in all issue areas. 

2012 Election Results

Below are the election results as reported by ACA. W indicates a win; L indicates a loss; and O indicates that the candidate supported was not up for re-election this year.

Rep. Gene Green Rep. Peter Roskum Rep. Sam Graves

PaintPAC winners of 2012 included (from left) U.S. Reps. Gene Green (D-TX); Peter Roskum (R-IL); and Sam Graves (R-MO).

U.S. Senate

 

L

George Allen (R-VA)

 

L

Scott Brown (R-MA)

 

John Cornyn (R-TX)

U.S. House of Representatives

 

W

Fred Upton (R-MI)

 

W

Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO)

 

W

Charlie Dent (R-PA)

 

W

John Carter (R–TX)

 

W

John Culberson (R-TX)

 

W

Gene Green (D–TX)

 

W

Aaron Schock (R-IL)

 

W

Randy Hultgren (R-IL) 

 

W

Peter Roskam (R-IL)

 

Patrick Meehan (R-PA)

Governorships

 

O

Gov. Paul LePage (R-ME) 

 

Gov. Tom Corbett (R-PA)

State Legislatures

 

O

Sheila Oliver (D-New Jersey Assembly)  

 

O

Nia Gill (D-New Jersey Senate) 

 

O

Steve Sweeney (D-New Jersey Senate)

 

O

Jim Beach (D-New Jersey Senate)

 

O

Paul Moriarty (D-New Jersey Assembly)

 

O

Bob Smith (D-New Jersey Senate)

 

O

John Wisniewski (D-New Jersey Assembly)

 

O

Grace Spencer (D-New Jersey Assembly)

 

Annette Quijano (D-New Jersey Assembly)

 

W

John Carona (R-Texas Senate)

 

W

Jane Nelson (R-Texas Senate)

 

W

Kirk Watson (D-Texas Senate)

 

L

Jeff Wentworth (R-Texas Senate)

 

Kel Seliger (R-Texas Senate)

 

W

Joe Straus  (R-Texas House of Representatives) 

 

W

Gary Elkins (R-Texas House of Representatives)

 

W

Armando Walle (D-Texas House of Representatives)

 

W

Jimmie Don Aycock (R-Texas House of Representatives)

 

W

Bill Callegari (R-Texas House of Representatives)

 

W

Harvey Hilderbran (R-Texas House of Representatives)

 

W

John Otto  (R-Texas House of Representatives)

 

W

Jose Menendez  (D-Texas House of Representatives)  

 

W

Tom Saviello (R-Maine Senate)  

 

W

Roger Katz (R-Maine Senate)

 

W

Bob Nutting (R-Maine House of Representatives)

 

W

Terry Hayes (D-Maine House of Representatives)

 

W

Seth Goodall (D-Maine Senate)

 

W

Justin Alfond (D-Maine Senate)

 

W

Michael Madigan   (D-Illinois General Assembly)

 

W

Christine Radogno (R-Illinois)

 

W

John Cullerton (D-Illinois Senate)

 

W

Tom Cross (R-Illinois House of Representatives)

 

W

Mike Jacobs (D-Illinois Senate) 

 

W

Ed Sullivan (R-Illinois House of Representatives)

 

W

Chapin Rose (R-Illinois House of Representatives)

 

W

Mike Tryon (R-Illinois General Assembly)

 

W

Tobias Read (D-Oregon Senate)

Leadership PACs Supported

  • Senate Republican Caucus PAC (Maine)
  • Senate Democratic Caucus PAC (Maine
  • House Republican Caucus PAC (Maine)
  • House Democratic Caucus PAC (Maine)

Connections and Issues

PaintPAC’s philosophy is to establish connections with decision-makers and nurture those relationships so that “we can count on an opportunity to provide some advice and education on those issues that impact our industry,” ACA says.

An essential aspect of ACA’s role as an advocate for the industry is to educate decision-makers with regard to important industry issues as it continues to face heightened challenges in both the political and legal arenas.

PaintPAC, ACA says, "has provided ACA and our members another very effective avenue to educate decision-makers at all levels of government."

ACA notes these priority issues:

  • Air and water quality;
  • Product liability;
  • Product stewardship;
  • Waste management;
  • Labor and safety in the workplace;
  • Facility security;
  • Corporate tax; and
  • International trade.

All of these issues "contain potential threats to and opportunities for the industry," says ACA. "All of these issues have political components and are directly affected by elected officials."

   

Tagged categories: American Coatings Association (ACA); Associations; Government; Laws and litigation; PaintCare program; Regulations

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