APAC: Architects Political Action Committee

APAC Fund Raising and Political Contributions

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There are two components to political donations relative to the Government Affairs Committee (GAC) activities: acquiring donations and then making contributions with those funds. AIAMI dues cannot be used for political purposes. Contributions are strictly drawn from the APAC funds, so continued donations by the membership must be sought routinely. The GAC relies heavily on the Board of Directors for fund raising on behalf of the APAC, and also on its Legislative Day events.  As the legislative challenges evolve, and the skill of rival forces improve, both maintaining (if not increasing) APAC funding levels and sharpening the focus of our targeted contributions must occur if AIAMI expects to continue to be successful in the legislative arena.

The carefully-studied distribution of APAC funds is a critical component of GAC’s strategy for continued success in the legislative arena, and there is no equivalent substitute for it.  As usual, planning in connection with political contributions for this coming year is already underway, in consultation with the Lobbyist. To be successful, the contribution strategy must be statewide in scope and non-partisan in nature. The strategy must both recognize the current political reality and also anticipate the future. GAC could not develop an intelligent contribution strategy without professional advice from the Lobbyist.

While at times APAC monetary contributions alone can be an effective measure in building a relationship, the importance of constituents and AIAMI leadership attending a fundraiser in person and meeting the legislator cannot be overstated. Connections developed in this manner proved immensely valuable in the past and the same should be true in the future. APAC contributions were made to a long list of legislators, based on the advice and counsel of Kelley-Cawthorne. Beginning in 2012 the approval for political contributions was made by a new and separate Steering Committee which is governed by the APAC Board of Directors. 

APAC Directors

Chairman:  Paul Haselhuhn, AIA, LEED AP (Saginaw Valley Section)
Vice Chair: LeRoy Stevens, AIA, NCARB (Detroit Chapter)
Secretary:   Matthew McGaughey, AIA
(Mid Michigan Chapter)
Director:  Amy Green Deines
(Detroit Chapter)
Director:  Steve Smith, AIA (Detroit Chapter)

Disbursement Committee

Chairman:  Kevin Shultis, AIA, LEED AP (Detroit Chapter)
Treasurer:Daniel Whisler, AIA, LEED AP (Huron Valley Chapter)
AIAMI VP:Norm Hamann, AIA
(Southwest Chapter)

APAC Advisors (Present)

Cathy Mosley, AIAMI Executive Director; AIA Michigan

Jean Kordenbrock, Esq., APAC Consultant

Melissa McKinley, AIAMI Lobbyist; Kelley-Cawthorne


2018 APAC Contributors
Thank you!

Juliana Garner AIA

Dan La Pan AIA

Doug Kueffner AIA

Cindy Pozolo FAIA

Paul Haselhuhn AIA

Bob Hoida AIA

Marcia Strange AIA

Barry Polzin AIA

Will Wittig AIA

George Kacan AIA

Crystal Tocco Associate AIA

Kristen Nyht AIA

Celeste Novak FAIA

Ben Tiseo FAIA

Christopher Kretovic AIA

Eric Hugger AIA

Philip Davis AIA

Jan Culbertson FAIA

Nelson Nave AIA

Matthew McGaughey AIA

Chuck Bultman AIA

Anna Van Hyfte Associate AIA

Kevin Shultis AIA