This year has seen a lot of high-profile political activity, from a budget reconciliation process that mired Congress in partisan negotiations for months, to divisive midterm elections that will shift the balance of power in Washington in the coming weeks.
Either despite all this excitement or because of it, 2022 has also been an incredibly successful year for the ANCOR Disability Champions Political Action Committee (ANCOR DC PAC). Thanks to the support of so many of our members, the ANCOR DC PAC has enabled ANCOR to expand its influence and become be a more effective advocate for community-based disability services on Capitol Hill.
This year was a record year for the PAC! Below are just a few of the highlights from our best year yet:
We grew the PAC this year, expanding our member base and smashing our fundraising goals. This year, PAC members raised a record $33,000 and counting—the most the PAC has raised in any year since it began in 2018—which included donations from 84 new individuals.
We also expanded our outreach to influential members of Congress, engaging them to support community-based services. The PAC sponsored its first bipartisan fundraiser, showing support for two of ANCOR’s congressional champions: Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA). The result was a combined $20,000 in contributions went to seven House and Senate candidates representing both major parties, doubling our yearly contributions to candidates.
ANCOR was also able to broaden its outreach and attend events that gave us access to more than 14 members of Congress, including influential lawmakers like Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), and incoming House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee Chair Brett Guthrie (R-KY).
To cap off the election year, the PAC had a 100% success rate, with every PAC-supported House and Senate candidate winning reelection.
In addition to all that, we increased our presence among ANCOR members through the various events we hosted, such as the reception that took place concurrent with the 2022 ANCOR Annual Conference in Miami. Our outreach was further expanded through ANCOR’s new website, where we debuted a new PAC page to provide more information and answer some frequently asked questions.
Most importantly, we were able to achieve continued recognition of community providers of I/DD services and position ANCOR’s issues front of mind for members of Congress.
With a new Congress being installed on January 3, ANCOR will build on the successes of this past year to continue calling on members of Congress to strengthen the direct support workforce and ensure people with I/DD have access to services in their communities.
To learn more about the ANCOR DC PAC, we encourage you to check out our new page, which you can access at ancor.org/pac.
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