than ever for NACS and our members
to get to know these new legislators
and introduce them to the convenience
and fuel retailing industry, to help them
better understand the issues that affect
your business and ensure that we define ourselves before our political opponents have a chance to define us.
NACS has set a goal of meeting with
every new member of Congress by the
middle of March 2013. This is a three-part strategy:
1NACS lobbyists will meet with as many new members as possible
in one-on-one discussions in an effort
to present an overview of the industry
and our policy agenda. This will help
these legislators know who they can
call in Washington for information
about issues affecting your business.
Financing the Election
Candidates need financial support to run for office. According to the Federal
Election Commission, in this election, candidates running for the House of
Representatives spent a combined $905 million for an average of nearly $2.1
million per race. Senate candidates spent $608 million for an average of
nearly $18.4 million per race. How does this compare with prior elections?
2 NACS will coordinate one-on- one meetings back home between
interested NACS member retailers and
new members of Congress. This will
establish a personal relationship between the retailer-constituent and the
legislator that will prove invaluable
when Congress considers industry-specific issues.
3 NACS will host our Day on Capi- tol Hill on March 19 to 20, 2013, to
facilitate in-person meetings between
retailers and their representatives
and senators. This event is the first
congressional fly-in of the year for our
industry and provides NACS members
with their best chance to collectively
introduce our business to Congress, set
the tone for our legislative agenda and
establish or strengthen relationships
with elected officials.
$905 million/$2.1 million
$608 million/$18.4 million
$1.096 billion/$2.5 million
$737 million/$16.4 million
$941 million/$2.2 million
$443 million/$12.7 million
In addition to NACS efforts to influence the legislative outcome on key is-
sues, NACS participates heavily in the political ledger and supports candidates
for Congress who better understand our industry and support policies that will
benefit the business interests of the convenience and fuels retailing industry.
This election, NACSPAC contributed nearly a million dollars to candidates
running for Congress. This money was distributed without consideration of
party affiliation and was based solely on the evaluation of the candidates’
positions relative to the interests of the industry.
Political action committees (PACs) are restricted by law to giving no
more than $5,000 to a candidate per election, which means a PAC can
contribute $5,000 to a candidate’s primary election and another $5,000 to a
candidate’s general election. Of the candidates who were on the ballot on
November 6, NACSPAC participated in 21 of the 33 Senate contests and 170