BUILD-PAC Revs Up Fundraising Efforts for 2020

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Across the country, BUILD-PAC Trustees have been busy spreading the word about the importance of members getting involved in the political process. BUILD-PAC, NAHB’s political action committee, works to elect pro-housing, pro-business candidates to federal office. Nearly 150 NAHB members serve on BUILD-PAC’s Board of Trustees. [caption id="attachment_16563" align="alignleft" width="300"] Attendees gather at the Iowa event.[/caption] BUILD-PAC Trustees have hosted over 50 state and local fundraising events in 2019 to strengthen BUILD-PAC’s presence throughout the Federation. These events help raise funds to support federal legislators in both the House and Senate. BUILD-PAC’s fundraising efforts are heating up as we get closer to the 2020 presidential election year. Greater Iowa City HBA held its first BUILD-PAC fundraiser earlier this year. BUILD-PAC Associates Chair, Mike Farr, worked with HBA staff to plan an event at the Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery. Attendees enjoyed local wines and spirits, dinner and a tour of the distillery. BUILD-PAC Trustee Rich Fitch and Alternate Trustee Keith Butz explained the importance of the PAC and the impact of its contributions to the industry. [caption id="attachment_16577" align="alignright" width="300"] New York members enjoying the night at the fundraiser.[/caption] In New York, Alternate Trustee Eric Willson held a fundraising event at a local fire station. He invited local members to a night of dinner and drinks. Eric not only enlisted the help of New York members, but his family also helped acting as the bartenders and chefs for the event. This unique event exceeded expectations by raising over $20,000 for BUILD-PAC in one night. BUILD-PAC Trustees, Will Cooper Sr. and Will Cooper Jr., held two fundraisers in one week in Southern California. The trustees and BIA members met with Reps. Judy Chu (D), Linda Sanchez (D) and Jimmy Gomez (D) at one of their affordable housing developments for a tour and discussion. Later in the week, the Coopers held a reception with special guests Reps. Alan Lowenthal (D), Lou Correa (D), and Harley Rouda (D) to discuss housing issues. NAHB members had the opportunity to meet with their federal lawmakers and ask questions relating to their businesses. [caption id="attachment_16564" align="alignleft" width="300"] California Trustee Will Cooper Jr. with Rep. Judy Chu, NAHB Vice President Lake Coulson, Rep. Linda Sanchez, Rep. Jimmy Gomez and Trustee Will Cooper Sr.[/caption] BUILD-PAC is housing’s voice in the 2020 elections. When a builder, remodeler or trade partner writes a personal check to a federal candidate’s campaign, there is just one voice behind it; however, there are more than 140,000 voices are behind every check that BUILD-PAC writes. It is important during this critical election cycle that BUILD-PAC has enough resources to help elect pro-housing, pro-business candidates to Congress. Want your BUILD-PAC event to be highlighted next? Contact Katie Crowley For more information on BUILD-PAC visit

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