The Chamber Business Advocacy Committee (BAC) partners successfully engaged members and businesses within the community. The Upper Arlington Area Chamber of Commerce will continue to enhance and grow our grassroots advocacy network by engaging our membership in the public policy process.

The Chamber Business Advocacy Committee (BAC) partners successfully engaged members and businesses within the community. The Upper Arlington Area Chamber of Commerce will continue to enhance and grow our grassroots advocacy network by engaging our membership in the public policy process.


WHAT IS A PAC AND WHAT DOES IT DO?
A PAC is a Political Action Committee, a legal entity created by the election reform laws. It allows a concerned individual to contribute funds to a single entity. An individual contribution might not be significant, but if it is combined with other contributions, then it can be significant and these concerns can be heard.
This also provides a method whereby a record is maintained of those who contribute and how much is contributed, which is public knowledge and a record of the expenditures which likewise is public knowledge.


WHY DOES THE PAC NEED ME AND WHY DO I NEED THE PAC?
Local issues which affect a large number of individuals in our community require that good people of a similar position combine together to be effective in the campaign world, in which candidates need money to support their campaigns.


IS IT LEGAL? Yes


WHY SHOULD I CONTRIBUTE TO THE PAC?
When these issues come before policymakers, they need input from good people if they are to do the right thing. That is why our grassroots advocacy activities are so important: actions at the local level have a direct impact on you. The PAC gives you an opportunity to have a greater impact and influence on local issues and candidates through pooling resources and dealing from a position of collective strength.


WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO GIVE?
Contributions are invited and accepted throughout the year. It is important to have a significant amount of funds early in any campaign because often times, having the funds alone is an indication of the strength of the organization and the power of its position and opinion. Many times this alone will carry the day for the PAC's position.


WHO DECIDES WHAT ISSUES RECEIVE SUPPORT?
The Upper Arlington Chamber of Commerce PAC is owned by the Upper Arlington Chamber. Decisions are made in accordance with the UA Chamber of Commerce rules and regulations. Normally, the chairman of the Business Advocacy Committee and the Business Advocacy Committee recommend to the board of trustees those positions in the best interest of the UA Chamber of Commerce.


The PAC works diligently to obtain an informal consensus from the individual members of the UA Chamber before making a contribution decision, in addition to having the approval of the board of trustees. So it is largely a consensus of the organization.


2009 PAC contributors
InCare; Forthwrite Communications; Edward Jones Investments - Nordstrom; Northarlington Animal Clinic; The Guardtower; Cucos Taqueria & Grill; Liberty Mutual; Around the House Home Improvements LLC; Jeffrey Thomas; Wengerd Marketing Direction; Larson's Toys & Games; Westminster-Thurber Community; Colliers International Real Estate; Dinsmore & Shohl LLP; Plahuta Appraisal Group, LLC; Lighthouse Mortgage Services, Inc.; Schmidt's of German Village; CMIT Solutions; Scioto Country Club; Caff DaVinci; Economic & Community Development Institute; Elements for Women; Gardiner Allen DeRoberts Insurance; Mid Ohio Eye; National Church Residences; Steven's Catering; WOW! Internet, Cable and Phone; Abbington of Arlington Assisted Living; Alzheimer's Association of Central Ohio; Apartment Locator Service; Becker, C. L. & Associates; Cafe Courier; Down the Garden Path; Erik Yassenoff; First Community Village; Hickory Chase Retirement Community; Info Depot; IRTH Solutions; Lane Avenue Chiropractic; Massage Envy Hilliard; Re/Max Premier Choice Realtors - Bower; Schindler & Adams, CPAs; SGO Designer Glass; The Paper Flower; Tremont Center Company c/o KRG.