ASA Encourages Legislative Participation
During the Automotive Service Association’s recent Annual Convention in Santa Clara, Calif., participants focused on increasing participation in the political process. The topics discussed were timely, what with 2008 being an election cycle and a presidential election year. ASA leaders from around the country discussed state and federal issues during the conference.
ASA highlighted three key areas for political activity today:
ASA assists state affiliates and leaders with contacting independent repairers, media and consumers about important state and federal issues. Direct mail, faxes and electronic communications are all used for advocacy at the state and federal levels. This includes legislative and regulatory issues.
ASA volunteer leaders are critical, particularly in states that do not have lobbyists. ASA works with leaders around the country to develop strategy for specific legislative and regulatory initiatives.
Technology has become increasingly important for advocacy at both the state and federal levels. In addition to policymakers communicating through their personal Web sites, advocacy groups use their Web sites to provide letters of support or opposition for various issues.
ASA provides its legislative site, www.TakingTheHill.com, for repairers and consumers to communicate to state and federal policymakers. This site is open for members and nonmembers. Repairers can track important legislation in their states and at the federal level.
Issues prioritized by ASA’s board of directors are highlighted on the site and at times, accompanied by advocacy letters.
With the increased costs of political campaigns, political contributions are receiving greater attention. The top political action committee (PAC) contributions for the 2006 election cycle included the following:
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