What Determines If SAFPAC Donates?
The three criteria for judging on whether a candidate qualifies for SAFPAC funds remain as previously stated: issues, outreach and electability. These are the core principles on which the SAFPAC Board of Trustees bases its decision. Each measure has many questions which the SAFPAC Trustees and the Government Relations staff at look at when assessing a candidate.
But the process is more intricate than simply answering yes, yes, and yes to those three criteria and then parceling out donations. What happens when one requirement is not met, but the other two are strong? A candidate may be great on the issues and be very accessible to our members, yet still have little chance of winning the election, despite their and our best efforts. Does that type of candidate deserve SAFPAC funds? Likewise, very few candidates are “perfect” on the issues. While a candidate may be a strong supporter of estate tax reform, they may also be a staunch advocate of enforcement-only immigration reform. How do we balance these competing factors?
SAFPAC looks at the overall package the candidate brings to the table. That determines SAFPAC involvement. No one is “perfect” on the issues. Pressure from the district extends beyond the floriculture industry. The main question at the heart of SAFPAC’s giving strategy is, will this candidate be a friend of the floriculture industry when elected to Congress? If the answer is yes, then that candidate is most likely eligible to receive SAFPAC funds.
If you would like more information about SAFPAC or how to give to SAFPAC, contact Brian Gamberini , Government Relations Coordinator, at 703-836-8700.
If you are a candidate and would like to receive SAFPAC funding, please contact Brian Gamberini , Government Relations Coordinator, at 703-836-8700 to set up a meeting.
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