NATM Political Action Committee
The Association is continuing to pursue two main goals in Washington, D.C. NATM is seeking to enhance its visibility among members of Congress who legislate on policy issues of importance to its members and officials at the Department of Transportation, which regulates the industry. And, NATM is continuing to monitor and engage on public policy matters that impact the light- and medium-duty trailer industry.
A critical next step is to broaden the PAC’s outreach to NATM members and to receive permission to send members information regarding its government affairs activities and PAC efforts. The PAC enables certain employees of NATM member companies to pool political contributions and support candidates as chosen by the NATM PAC Board that support the industry. Since NATM may not contribute membership dues or other corporate funds to federal candidates, the NATM PAC is the only opportunity to make political contributions as an industry. Pursuant to federal law, the PAC solicits funds only from NATM members whose companies have provided authorization to be solicited. Those funds are used to make contributions to candidates for federal office.
If you haven’t done so already, NATM asks that you grant this permission so you remain informed about NATM’s PAC and how NATM's government affairs team is advocating on behalf of the light- and medium-duty trailer industry. It is important to note: companies and corporations may choose only one PAC with whom to sign a solicitation agreement.
To receive the form and grant permission, or for more information about the NATM PAC, please contact Meghan Ryan, NATM Assistant director, at Meghan.Ryan@natm.com.
With the impact of tariffs and proposed tariffs on the industry businesses and the general volatility of the government affairs arena in recent months which is likely to increase in this important midterm election year, messaging for the visits has not yet been confirmed. The Government Affairs committee continues to monitor and adapt possible messaging to ensure our visits on the Hill are relevant and reflect the needs of the industry in the moment.
While messaging is in the works, the next step to ensure a successful event is to encourage more participation from members. Member voices, constituent voices, are the most important in these one-on-one meetings. Members who have attended in the past have found the experience very rewarding and provided the following comments:
John Kerr, Executive Producer, Manufacturing Practice Group, Marsh & McLennan Agency, says, “I have attended every Regulatory Roundup since I have been a member of NATM. The Roundup has allowed me to have a real and meaningful impact on the trailer manufacturing industry…Without a doubt, this event has been the most important and impactful contribution I have made to the industry. The benefits of this work are real and I would challenge every NATM member to up their commitment to the industry by joining us in Washington,” said Kerr.
NATM’s long-term approach to and investments in government relations continue to pay dividends to the Association and its members. Legislative and regulatory enactments are important and beneficial to NATM, but preventative activities—stopping bad things from happening—are perhaps more important from NATM’s perspective. The Association has been successful on both counts. The current government relations program in place for NATM is strong, and maintaining a steady course will continue to provide tremendous value to NATM members. Expanding the participation at the Regulatory Roundup and Capitol Hill visits will help build on that success and help NATM educate members of Congress about the trailer manufacturing industry.
If you would like more information about the Regulatory Roundup or how you can get involved in the NATM Government Affairs program, contact NATM Assistant Director Meghan Ryan at Meghan.Ryan@natm.com or call (785) 272-4433.