IAFF Fire Pac
FIREPAC Launches On the Road to 200
The IAFF Executive Board unanimously passed a resolution last week kicking off On the Road to 200, a nationwide campaign to expand FIREPAC’s Check-Off Program, which allows members to make FIREPAC contributions via payroll deduction. On the Road to 200’s objective is to increase the number of locals with Check-Off programs from 126 to 200 and double the dollar amount raised from $526,000 to $1 million by the end of 2005.
During the past four years, the number of locals with FIREPAC Check-Off programs has grown more than 400% from 30 to 126. While this growth is significant, less than 5% of all U.S. locals have FIREPAC Check-Off programs. With nearly 2,800 U.S. locals in the IAFF, FIREPAC has incredible potential to build its Check-Off program.
“Check-Off is FIREPAC’s largest single source of revenue, yet it’s a pot that has largely been untapped until now,” said General President Harold Schaitberger. “With the help of our affiliate leaders, I’m confident we can make the FIREPAC Check-Off program one to rival that of any other international union. In an age where money fuels the nation’s political machinery, it is essential that FIREPAC has the resources it needs to keep pace with anti-union forces on Capitol Hill.”
“In the last election cycle, FIREPAC finished as the 25th largest political action committee (PAC) in the country. If we are to maintain our level of political influence and continue to deliver legislative victories benefiting all IAFF members, we need to take our FIREPAC program to the next level. “Our On the Road to 200 campaign will help us accomplish this,” added Schaitberger.
FIREPAC plays an integral role in the IAFF’s legislative efforts. During this session of Congress the IAFF has introduced legislation that will allow retired firefighters to use up to $5,000 of their retirement income without penalty to help pay for health insurance (HELPS). In addition, the IAFF is working to protect members against mandatory social security coverage, which could harm existing state retirement plans. The IAFF is also working closely with numerous state affiliates to monitor state legislation and potential ballot initiatives that may force changes in retirement plans from defined benefit plans to defined contribution plans.
In the coming months, the Executive Board and IAFF staff will be working with affiliates to provide them the tools needed to establish FIREPAC Check-Off programs. The IAFF has created a number of incentives and rewards to further encourage affiliates to establish new Check-Off programs and enhance existing Check-Off programs. Learn more about these incentives and rewards here. If your local would like to establish a FIREPAC Check-Off Program, click here.
FIREPAC, an integral part of the IAFF's legislative and political program, educates Members of Congress about issues important to professional fire fighters and emergency medical personnel and supports candidates to federal office who support those issues. To accomplish its objectives, FIREPAC must have the resources to execute its plan. U.S. IAFF members have contributed to FIREPAC in a variety of ways over the years, but FIREPAC’s must successful, self-sustaining fundraising program has been FIREPAC Check-Off.
Since its creation, FIREPAC has raised and contributed over $8 million to federal candidates who support IAFF members. During the 2003-2004 election cycle, FIREPAC raised over $2.7 million. Its fundraising goal for the 2005-2006 cycle is $3.5 million.
Page Last Updated: Mar 30, 2006 (08:50:36)