Haake, the founder and principal of Haake & Associates, says that JAPAC, the Jewelers of America Political Action Committee, made its biggest and most successful contributions to political campaigns during the recent midterm elections. JAPAC contributed to the campaigns of 28 candidates looking to be elected or retain their seats in tight or "toss-up" races. Of these, 22 candidates went on to win on November 2.
JAPAC has a unique position on Capitol Hill as it is the only PAC that supports the fine jewelry retail industry in Washington, D.C. Through JAPAC, individual JA members can join together to contribute to candidates who understand the interests of their jewelry businesses.
“The use of JAPAC funding has been a great tool this year. We’ve been able to fight current legislative battles and will be able to fight those battles that arise in the future,” he says.
JAPAC contributed to campaigns on both sides of the aisle. With the recent success, Haake plans to build on that momentum by working with influential legislators who support jewelers on key issues like sales tax fairness, the estate tax and repeal of the IRS 1099 provision.
Jewelers of America members can keep the momentum going by contributing to JAPAC today. Click here for more information.