NAIFAPAC is NAIFA’s political action committee, and can boast of being one of the largest insurance PACs in the country. APIC is NAIFA’s political involvement committee, which oversees the legislative contact program and all grassroots activities. NAIFAPAC and APIC are interdependent subcommittees of the NAIFA Government Relations Committee. NAIFAPAC makes our organization well known in political circles on Capitol Hill and in state Capitals. APIC — through its contacts — allows for discussion of NAIFA’s legislative issues with the legislators. It is vital to the success of the overall legislative program that both of these entities work closely together.
APIC is one of the preferred conduits for delivering IFAPAC contributions to members of Congress. Often, the contributions are sent to our NAIFA member grassroots contacts who in turn hand deliver the contributions to their member of Congress. The delivery guidelines are below. If you receive NAIFAPAC contributions to deliver to your member of Congress, your adherence to these guidelines is expected. Please share this information with as many of your chapter colleagues as possible.
IFAPAC contributions are often delivered by NAIFA members who are listed as APIC Key and Legislative Contacts. The APIC program has identified special contacts (one per legislator) to serve as Federal Coordinators for Senators and Representatives. Since these individuals are the prime conduits of information to a legislator, they are frequently the recipients of IFAPAC contributions to deliver. If no Federal Coordinator has been appointed for a legislator, another contact may be chosen to deliver the contribution.
There are also times when other NAIFA members, such as the state or local chapter IFAPAC, Government Relations or APIC chairs or other state or local chapter leaders, receive contributions to deliver. In addition, NAIFA’s lobbyists sometimes deliver contributions. It is important for all parties to understand that no one individual will be the sole deliverer of contributions to a candidate.
An IFAPAC Contributor may contact the NAIFA PAC Manager to request an NAIFAPAC contribution for a federal candidate. The approval of these requests are based on the availability of funds approved by the CSG, the state approval process for delivery of IFAPAC contributions and the Contribution Delivery.
CONTRIBUTIONS ARE SENT ONLY TO CURRENT IFAPAC CONTRIBUTORS.If there is an excellent grassroots/tops contact for a legislator, but he/she is not an active IFAPAC contributor, he/she will not receive an IFAPAC contribution for delivery. Moreover, only current (defined as having made a contribution of at least $100 during the current year) IFAPAC contributors may attend fundraisers for which IFAPAC is paying.
CONTRIBUTIONS ARE TO BE DELIVERED BY A GROUP OF NAIFA MEMBERS WHO ARE CURRENT IFAPAC CONTRIBUTORS.Anyone who receives an IFAPAC contribution is members (i.e. IFAPAC chairs, APIC chairs, Government Relations chairs, association presidents, grassroots contacts, etc.) in the contribution delivery. When possible, invite a new member to attend the meeting. This may not always be possible. But, if it has been determined that a legislative contact or other member has delivered contributions alone as many as three times, that contact will lose the privilege of delivering contributions.
DO NOT DISCUSS LEGISLATIVE ISSUES WHEN DELIVERING A CONTRIBUTION.It is considered inappropriate to discuss legislative issues with a legislator when delivering a contribution, although general expressions of appreciation for the legislator’s past support are okay. Discussing legislation could give the false impression that you are buying the legislator’s position on insurance and financial services issues. To avoid this misunderstanding, refrain from any discussion of issues when delivering an IFAPAC contribution to your member of Congress - unless the legislator brings it up. Otherwise, a separate meeting should be set up to discuss issues with the legislator.
CONTRIBUTION DELIVERY FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO NAIFAPAC.A NAIFAPAC contribution delivery form accompanies every NAIFAPAC contribution sent out. It is important for this form to be completed and returned to NAIFAPAC for recordkeeping.
DO NOT ASK THE CANDIDATE TO POSE FOR A PHOTO HOLDING AN IFAPAC CONTRIBUTION.Asking a candidate to pose for a photo with NAIFA members is perfectly fine, but having IFAPAC’s contribution in the photo is considered bad taste.
DO NOT DELIVER THE CONTRIBUTION ON FEDERAL PROPERTY.Delivering a contribution at the campaign headquarters is fine. However, you may not deliver the contribution at the Representative’s or Senator’s DC office, District office or on federal property.