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Why Give?

by Reggie Jones, Esq.

The practice of architecture is a regulated profession that is dependent on the actions of the General Assembly and the Administration, not only for the activity of the profession but also for much of the business atmosphere in which a Virginia architect operates. Elected officials decide:

  • how your profession is regulated;
  • how government policies are developed for the conduct of your business;
  • how your profession is taxed;
  • how government procures professional services; and
  • the priorities for expenditure of revenue collected from citizens.

In order for your profession to have a voice in the political process, it is important to support those candidates who best represent your viewpoint on the issues. The cost of communicating with constituents and running for office has escalated geometrically over the past 15 to 20 years and it is imperative for candidates to raise enormous sums of money to be successful

In order for AIA Virginia to play a significant role in the election of the right candidates, members of the profession need to encourage qualified candidates to run for office and to support the good legislators so they can continue to serve. By giving adequate funding to AIA Virginia’s PAC, it provides your representatives a better opportunity to be in the room when the candidates are formulating their policies and determining how to vote on issues that impact architects, the businesses you serve and the community where you live.

For comparison, below is the giving data for the reporting period 2015–2016 (which represents the most recent 2-year election cycle):

$349,632  Medical Society of Virginia
$521,665   Virginia Dental Association
$152,450   Va. Society of Certified Public Accountants
$208,045  Va. Optometric Association
$141,000  Va. Society of Anesthesiologists
$60,280   ACEC of Virginia
$10,750    AIA Virginia

I urge your profession to step up your contributions to AIAVA for political contributions. It is one of the best investments you can make for the future of your profession and your community.

You can make a contribution today at www.aiavapac.org/give

Posted in Advocacy News

Federal Advocacy

We Fight for the Profession

Qualifications-based selection.

Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits.

Licensure.

Statutes of repose.

Taxation.

Policy.

Every practicing architect and associate is affected by these issues. And we look to the AIA to protect our interests.

AIA Virginia uses the collective power of the profession to participate in the legislative and regulatory policy-making process by educating legislators about issues that are important to us.

Through the AIAVA Political Action Committee, we can support candidates for state office who understand the profession and support our goals — without regard to party affiliation.

Our membership dues will never be used to support a candidate. And that’s why the PAC needs your support. With a contentious election year for the General Assembly on the horizon, we’ve set a goal to raise $10,000 before the general election on Nov. 7.

Join the fight to protect the profession and practice by giving today.

ABOUT THE AIAVA PAC

Where Does the Money Go?
Funds go toward supporting the campaigns of statewide candidates who support the architecture profession. The AIAVA PAC Board of Trustees, which is made up of AIA Virginia members, is responsible for approving every disbursement from the PAC. Approval for a disbursement is based on several criteria, such as the candidate’s understanding of the profession’s concerns, past voting record on key issues, committee assignments, and leadership positions. In addition, the committee seriously considers suggestions for candidate support from AIA components and current contributors.

How Can You Contribute?
You can make a contribution online at www.aiavapac.org. You may also mail a donation to:
AIAVA PAC
c/o AIA Virginia
2501 Monument Avenue
Richmond, VA 23220

There are no contribution limits in Virginia. The AIAVA PAC can accept contributions from any individual, corporation, union, association or partnership. It is required that all contributions received by the committee, and that required information identifying the contributor, be reported on the committee’s campaign finance reports. Federal law prohibits accepting contributions from a foreign national or foreign corporation.

For more information on how to get involved, send an email to rgeorge@aiava.org.

 

Posted in Advocacy News

Your Political Action Committee

A rousing start to the election season was generated by contributions and pledges to the VSAIA political action committee campaign by long-time supporter Gauthier Alvarado & Associates in Falls Church and relative PAC newcomer HDR in Alexandria.

Rob Morris, III, AIA, PE, presented his firm’s traditional $1,000 check to the PAC in December.  Jim Draheim, AIA, announced his firm’s pledge of $2,000 in March.  Both have combined their firms’ support with personal efforts to increase the level of participation in the PAC.  They are sending letters to their peers in several firms encouraging them to join in supporting the PAC and asking that they also encourage their employees to do the same.

Ed Gillikin, AIA, VSAIA vice president for government advocacy, and the members of the government and industry affairs committee ask that individuals contribute the equivalent of one hour’s billable time to the PAC.  They request that firms contribute a like amount. 

With all 140 seats in the Virginia General Assembly open this year, the campaign goal will be to top the PAC’s previous best year of $23,630 contributed in 2006. 

The PAC supports the campaigns of those candidates who have shown an understanding of what the profession does and of how architects affect the quality of life within their communities.  If a candidate is running for the first time, the VSAIA considers its members’ evaluations.  For incumbents, the VSAIA concentrates its support on those who serve in leadership positions and those who serve on the General Laws committees in the House and Senate.  This committee reviews nearly 90 percent of the bills affecting the profession.

A candidate’s party affiliation is not considered.  Historically, the VSAIA PAC’s contributions run just about 50-50 on supporting Democrats and Republicans.  Information on past activity can be obtained from the Virginia Public Access Project website http://www.vpap.org/committees/profile/home/600.  VAPA’s home site is www.VPAP.org

It takes time to build rapport and trust between the architects and elected officials.  This is done through individual meetings among the VSAIA legislative counsel, staff and members, and the legislators. Those in office depend on us for information about the possible impact of a bill.  We depend on them to weigh that information with other sources and to reach a reasonable conclusion when the votes are taken. 

To maintain the investment in these relationships, the VSAIA needs to support those candidates who supported restricting unlicensed practice, who supported limiting by contract an architect’s liability, and who support the concept of qualifications-based selection for public projects. 

In supporting the PAC, you are supporting your firm and your ability to practice your profession.  Please contribute to the PAC today by sending a check equal to one-hour’s billable time to the VSAIA PAC, 2501 Monument Avenue, Richmond, VA   23220.

Posted in Advocacy News, VSAIA News


 

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