ArchiPAC

Purpose of ArchiPAC?

Following the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the Capitol, the AIA Board of Directors and the ArchiPAC Steering Committee stopped all fundraising and candidate contribution activities to review its operations and contribution selection guidelines and process.

Read more about the AIA Board of Directors statement on ArchiPAC contributions and fundraising >

AIA's political action committee (ArchiPAC) is an additional tool used by AIA to promote prosperous, sustainable, and equitable communities that benefit everyone. ArchiPAC solicits donations from eligible AIA members and contributes to candidates who support all or specific aspects of AIA's legislative agenda, which is outlined in AIA's Policy Platform. ArchiPAC contributions are made to candidates with the intent of accomplishing one or more of the following goals:

  • Policy Alignment: Do the candidate's policy positions align closely with AIA's legislative priorities such that he or she will be inclined to support them when in office?
  • Efficacy: Is the candidate an up-and-coming leader in Congress with growing influence, in a leadership position, or serve on committees with jurisdiction over issues related to the profession and can, therefore, be effective in implementing AIA's legislative priorities?
  • Impact: Is the candidate in a race where an ArchiPAC contribution would be helpful and meaningful to advance the candidate's election?

AIA's Policy Platform focuses on three large areas:

  • A Future Economy: Tax policies should support small businesses, innovation, and talent recruitment. AIA commits to voice strong support for a future economy that advances the success of architecture firms and the profession.
  • Climate Action: Buildings must consume less energy, eventually use only renewable sources, and ultimately contribute power back to the energy grid. To that end,  AIA is committed to eliminating all building carbon emissions by 2040.
  • Healthy and Equitable Communities: AIA believes that shelter is a basic human right.   AIA commits to a future built environment that improves individual health and equity and prepares communities to weather a variety of storms.

How ArchiPAC Works?

ArchiPAC only accepts donations from eligible AIA members. It uses those donations to contribute to candidates running for federal office who align closely with AIA's legislative priorities and the profession's values.

Read more about the AIA statement of values >

The ArchiPAC Steering Committee bylaws dictate that the committee may comprise up to eleven AIA members The members are appointed by the AIA President and approved by the AIA Board of Directors. The Steering Committee decides the candidates who will receive ArchiPAC contributions, and they are responsible for assuring that all funds raised and spent are directed toward advancing AIA's Policy Platform.

The Steering Committee considers the following factors when deciding to support a candidate:

What impact can the candidate have on advancing AIA's policy platform?

  • Do they serve on a committee with jurisdiction over any of AIA's priority issues?
  • Do they have direct or strong indirect influence over any of AIA's priority issues?
  • Are they, or will they be, a strong future influencer within the party or Congress and a strong advocate for the profession?

What are the stated positions of the candidate?

  • Do the candidate's legislative positions align with AIA's Policy Platform?
  • What is their voting history associated with any of AIA's priority issues?
  • Are they open to being educated on AIA's policy issues or being a supporter and advocate for the profession of architecture?

What are the qualities of the candidate?

  • Does the candidate appear to align their actions and behaviors with the values of the profession?

AIA members can learn more at ArchiPAC.org

ArchiPAC Contributions

Like AIA, ArchiPAC is bipartisan and works with and supports candidates from both parties.

ArchiPAC gave the following contributions to candidates in the 2021-2022 election cycle (this chart is updated weekly).  ArchiPAC is committed to transparency and provides all of its contributions for the past three years and real-time reporting of new contributions at ArchiPAC.org.

ArchiPAC upholds the highest federal compliance standards and adheres to all campaign finance regulations and filing requirements with the Federal Election Commission.

2021 Contributions

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Candidate - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR)

Contribution - $2,000 - Primary 2022 - January 19, 2021              

Why - COVID-19 relief, taxes, and resilience

(Contribution approved before January 6)  ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Candidate - U.S. Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV-01)

Contribution - $5,000 - Primary 2022 - March 26, 2021

Why - Climate, infrastructure, resilience, and design mandate

(Re-issue of check initially sent in 2020)

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Candidate - U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID-02)

Contribution - $1,000 - Primary 2022 - June 3, 2021

Why - Design mandate, housing, and climate

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Candidate - U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood (R-IL-18)

Contribution - $5,000 - Primary 2022 - June 3, 2021

Why - COVID-19 relief, tax, resilience, and student debt relief

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Candidate - U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM)

Contribution - $1,000 - Primary 2026 - June 16, 2021

Why - Student debt and school safety

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Candidate - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV)

Contribution - $1,000 - Primary 2024 - July 12, 2021

Why - Climate and infrastructure

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Candidate - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH)

Contribution - $1,000 - Primary 2024 - July 12, 2021

Why - Housing, climate, and infrastructure

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Candidate - U.S. Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE)

Contribution - $1,000 - Primary 2026 - July 12, 2021

Why - Design mandate

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Candidate - U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)

Contribution - $1,000 - Primary 2026 - July 12, 2021

Why - Climate and infrastructure

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Candidate - U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA)

Contribution - $2,000 - Primary 2026 - September 3, 2021

Why - Infrastructure, housing, COVID-19 relief, taxes, and resilience

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Candidate - U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL-13)

Contribution - $1,000 - Primary 2022 - September 27, 2021

Why - Climate, infrastructure, and resilience

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Candidate - U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI-06)

Contribution - $2,500 - Primary 2022 - September 27, 2021

Why - Climate and infrastructure

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Candidate - U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA)

Contribution - $2,500 - Primary 2022 - September 27, 2021

Why - Infrastructure, student debt, and school safety

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Candidate - U.S. Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT)

Contribution - $2,500 - Primary 2024 - September 27, 2021

Why - Climate, infrastructure, resilience, housing, and design mandate

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Candidate - U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ-06)

Contribution - $2,500 - Primary 2022 - September 28, 2021

Why - Climate and infrastructure

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Candidate - U.S. Rep. Michael Quigley (D-IL-05)

Contribution - $2,500 - Primary 2022 - September 28, 2021

Why - Design mandate

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Candidate - U.S. Rep. David McKinley (R-WV-01)

Contribution - $1,000 - Primary 2022 - September 28, 2021

Why - Climate and infrastructure

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Candidate - U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO)

Contribution - $1,000 - Primary 2022 - September 28, 2021

Why - Infrastructure, taxes, and resilience

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Learn more

More information about ArchiPAC contributions for AIA members >

Candidate contribution information from the Federal Elections Commission >

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