$20.20 doesn’t seem like much money. It can get you four lattes from Starbucks, lunch for you and a coworker, or two rounds for yourself at happy hour.
It can also add up to $282,800 if each NCACPA member donated $20.20 to the NC CPA Political Action Committee (PAC).
If you have been an NCACPA member for any length of time, you have likely heard of our PAC. It was established in the 1980s and is overseen by a group of volunteer members representing multiple areas of the accounting profession.
A PAC is a group of individuals who pool their resources to provide financial support to candidates for elective office who share the group’s interests and concerns about legislative issues. Our PAC is the only one in the state representing the interests of North Carolina CPAs.
Getting back to that $20.20… If you read NCACPA advocacy updates on Connect, in CPA Impact newsletters, or on our website or social media channels, you know advocacy never rests. The Association is constantly championing a range of issues impacting our members, whether working with the Department of Revenue to modernize its systems or advocating for disaster relief on Capitol Hill.
With the 2020 general elections around the corner, a strong PAC will be even more impactful in reinforcing relationships with legislators who have demonstrated support of our issues.
It’s easy to think a small-dollar contribution from one individual cannot make much of a difference, but it must be a collective effort and mindset. If you are not at the table, you are most likely on the menu.
Consider making a $20.20 contribution to the PAC—to your PAC—to ensure we have a seat at the table to fight for the issues impacting you, your clients, your industry, and your profession to which you have dedicated so much.
If you don’t feel ready to contribute just yet, stay tuned for our next resource in October, Myth Busters: NC CPA PAC Edition, where we will dive further into the nuts and bolts of political action committees.