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AIA Government & Community Relations News: Week of August 13, 2012

Ohio Valley Region Reaches $10,000 Fundraising Goal First and Archipac Surpasses Halfway Mark
By Wendy Perez Young, Manager, Political Action Committee & Compliance

This week marks two notable successes for ArchiPAC, the only federal political action committee of American Institute of Architects. The Ohio Valley Region reached the finish line this week raising $10,000 for ArchiPAC and completing its fundraising goal at the same time, the PAC surpassed its halfway mark raising $103,000. In the beginning of this year, the AIA ArchiPAC Steering Committee set a fundraising goal for each region. Regions and individuals that help reach those goals will be recognized for their efforts, not to mention, plenty of bragging rights for being the most politically active participants at the federal level.

Bruce Sekanick, AIA of Philips/Sekanick Architects, Inc. in Warren, Ohio and Michael Schuster, FAIA of Michael Schuster Associates, Inc. in Cincinnati, OH have been leading the fundraising effort in the Ohio Valley Region since the beginning of the year. Both got a jumpstart in their fundraising campaign at the AIA Grassroots Conference in Washington, DC where they managed to get 100% PAC participation from every attendee of the Ohio Valley Region. When asked why they felt the need to get involved beyond giving a contribution, Sekanick stated, "You have to first understand the importance of advocacy. Once you do you realize that you cannot just support one part of our organization, but rather all parts, local, state and national, are equally important. With the Ohio Valley, we decided that it was not only important to support these efforts on all levels, but also to make it priority over not one but a number of years. By tag teaming this effort Michael Schuster FAIA and I hope to work with the membership of AIA Ohio and the AIA Ohio Valley Region in supporting one of our most important functions as an organization."

The campaign, ArchiPAC Games, was launched earlier this year as a fundraising campaign and competition to encourage more members to get politically involved. Bruce Sekanick, AIA and Michael Schuster, FAIA are currently leading the fundraising competition.

Thanks to Ohio Valley Region and AIA members across the country, ArchiPAC is celebrating another piece of victory; reaching the halfway mark toward its $201,200 goal. It has been a long road for ArchiPAC. With 4 months left to fundraising, raising the remaining $100,000 will not be easy. With a little over 1,000 supporters in this election, contributions from AIA members are averaging nearly $100 each. This means ArchiPAC will need at least 1,000 individuals giving $100 each to reach its fundraising goal but with AIA’s membership at 80,000 strong ArchiPAC has the ability to make it happen. "ArchiPAC allows the AIA to help those who help us. By supporting those candidates who understand and are sympathetic to the same concerns as our membership, we form an important bond in helping ensure that our voices are heard. Without this support, we are 80,000 separate members, with it, we are able to effect change as one voice," stated Sekanick. If ArchiPAC reaches $201,200 in 2012, it will be the most dollars raised by ArchiPAC since its inception.

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