Issues & AdvocacyContribute to ArchiPAC
The only federal political action committee of the American Institute of Architects
ArchiPAC was founded in 1980 to serve as the single voice for the architecture profession on the national political scene. Associations such as the AIA are prohibited by federal law from making political contributions to candidates for federal office. Working in a bipartisan manner and funded by AIA members’ voluntary contributions, ArchiPAC is the tool that architects use to voice the AIA’s positions to our nationally elected leaders on issues affecting the built environment, our profession, our communities, and our practices.
A strong PAC is critical in Washington, providing us with an opportunity to ensure that the candidates for Congress that support our initiatives and issues get elected. Decisions affecting our profession will be made whether we are part of the conversation or not, so it is critical that we have a seat at the table to represent our membership, our issues, and our concerns. Having a strong, healthy PAC gives us the opportunity to be part of that conversation.
In the 2007 to 2008 election cycle, ArchiPAC contributed over $257,000 to candidates and political parties. Of the candidates that ArchiPAC supported in the 2008 election, 91 percent won their bid for a seat in Congress. ArchiPAC hopes to raise even more money in 2009-2010 to help candidates supporting the best policies for our communities and our profession.
Federal law prohibits soliciting contributions from outside the restricted class and requires that such contributions be returned to the donor.
Watch Special Message From AIA Leadership About ArchiPAC
AIA President Marvin Malecha, FAIA, and AIA President-Elect George Miller, FAIA, discuss the importance of AIA member participation in ArchiPAC, the AIA’s only federal political action committee. Joined by ArchiPAC Chair Don Brown, AIA, Malecha and Miller highlight the influence and opportunities that are only available when architects act together with one unified through ArchiPAC.