Political Action Committee Strengthens SIIA’s Washington, DC Presence

February 1, 2010 -- As the Self-Insurance Political Action Committee (PAC) completes its first year of operation coinciding with SIIA’s upcoming Legislative & Regulatory Conference March 10-12 in Washington, DC, SIIA members should be encouraged to know that it has strengthened the association’s Washington, DC presence while

“Through the PAC we have been able to build relationships with Members of Congress and their key staff members that would not have been available to us any other way,” according to SIIA Chief Operating Officer Mike Ferguson. “The PAC has enabled SIIA to participate in a significant number of fund-raising events this year for Congressional Members of both parties who are involved with our issues.”

In a recent fund-raising event for Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE), one of SIIA’s lobbyists reported that the senator’s comments indicated “strong support for continuing the employer-system, specifically maintaining self-insurance in its current form. He appears to be a strong ally in Congress for our industry.”

As a result of being able to build a stronger relationship with the senator and his key staff members at such events, SIIA’s healthcare expertise has been utilized for the Senator’s position statements; furthermore the Senator has accepted our invitation to speak at the Legislative & Regulatory Conference.

SIIA has also led two fund-raising events for Sen. John Tester (D-MT) and Rep. Dennis Moore (D-KS) who both stated that they will introduce bills in their respective Committees that would modernize the Liability Risk Retention Act (LRRA) and expand coverage to include commercial property, in accordance with SIIA’s position.

“We are also able to leverage up the financial impact of fundraising events by inviting other like-minded organizations to attend along with us,” said SIIA Director of Government Relations Cliff Roberti. “This extends and amplifies SIIA’s reputation among members of Congress, their staffs and our colleague organizations,” he continued.

SIIA’s PAC has also supported South Carolina State Senator David Thomas who is running for U.S. Congress. Senator Thomas attracted SIIA’s support as he is widely acknowledged to be the legislative champion of South Carolina’s captive insurance industry.