Catalog Industry Action Funds
Support specific areas of ACMA’s program of work by providing much needed resources dedicated to a particular issue. The catalog industry’s Action Funds are segregated accounts held by ACMA, made available as a “war chest” to deploy on specific issues that impact cataloging, and thereby eliminating the time and effort needed to raise funds in the heat of battle.
Please note that your contributions to ACMA Action Funds will not be used for any general ACMA “corporate purposes.” You do not have to be an ACMA member to donate. Rather, you are supporting our network of consultants on whom we depend to advocate for catalogs. These moneys only will be used to fund out-of-pocket expenses to impact the specific issues outlined in this document. Large volume donors may be considered for Steering Committees of each Fund.
Quill Defense Action Fund
More narrowly focused than the ACMA Tax Action Fund (below), this fund challenges rogue states attempting to unilaterally rewrite exiting Supreme Court precedent by suing state governments seeking to unilaterally (and unlawfully) impose tax liabilities on companies that have no physical presence. By a strong offense at the state level that includes both legal action and public relations outreach, we hope to keep states from aggressively targeting remote marketers while a federal solution to the Internet Sales Tax debate is reached.
Tax Action Fund
Support ACMA’s policy positions on tax matters including our drive to get favorable clarifying federal legislation passed and to support to favorable coalitions sympathetic to catalog marketers on sales/use tax, compliance and reporting, as well as documenting the cost of proposed changes to tax law.
Postal Action Fund
With the 10-year review taking place in 2017, ACMA must be in a position to mount a strong defense of catalogs. The US Postal Service wants the rate cap removed. Today, this is the only protection against runaway rate increases mailers have. ACMA expects a big fight in 2017 and needs the resources to mount a credible defense of the rate cap and insure transparency and predictability while making sure falicious claims that catalogs are not profitable for the USPS are not used to dramatically push up postage rates as was done in 2007. This fund helps us hire lawyers, lobbyists, economists and other professionals to support our staff and member work.
General Action Fund
Allow ACMA to respond to threats and opportunities that have not been previously identified, ensuring a resource base to address significant threats. Well resourced associations get noticed in Washington. Make sure your ACMA is not hamstrung by a lack of resources when a clear and present danger presents itself.
Restricted Status: Each Fund will be separately administered as restricted under the direction of the ACMA Board of Directors by the ACMA Treasurer and our association accountant. An elected Officer from the Executive Committee or the ACMA Board will authorize disbursements. Details on expenditures will be made available to any material contributor on request. Restricted funds may be released only upon authorization of the benefactor or in the event the contributing entity is defunct, by vote of the ACMA Board.
Use of Funds: Moneys from each fund may be used for hiring lobbyists, economists, attorneys, consultants, public relations or government relations personnel, conducting research or other surveys highlighting positions favorable to cataloging, supporting coalitions or other groups allied to our positions, paying for advertising aimed at influencing elected officials or other stakeholders, organizing grass roots outreach, education or advocacy in support of public policy positions or for other tactics favorable to ACMA policy positions. Money raised will not be used to support any political candidate or political party; these moneys must come from a Political Action Committee.