Created in 2002, AFSA's Political Action Committee (PAC) is envisioned as a tool that allows AFSA to keep raising its profile on Capitol Hill. It is one of the legislative tools used to advance AFSA's agenda, helping to solve the overseas comparability pay issue and to secure important funding for our foreign affairs budgets. AFSA-PAC ensures that we have a seat at the table and allows us to draw greater attention to our issues.
All PAC funds are solicited from AFSA members. No other outside donations are accepted, as the PAC advocates for Foreign Service employees and retirees only. Therefore, we rely greatly on our members to support the PAC with their generous donations.
During 2012, AFSA-PAC contributed $26,000 to our Congressional supporters' re-election efforts. Our focus continues to remain on the appropriating and authorizing committees with jurisdiction over Foreign Service management issues, Foreign Service staffing, and general foreign affairs matters. We enjoy our good relations with key decision-makers at the highest levels in both parties and we also look to expand our cultivation effort to include new faces.
As is stipulated in the PAC's bylaws (which you can access via a link to the right), our donations are strictly bipartisan. Democrats and Republicans each receive 50% of AFSA-PAC's support. We concentrate mainly on members of four committees and subcommittees on both sides of the Hill:
- Senate Foreign Relations Committee
- Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs
- House Foreign Affairs Committee
- House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
Members who do not serve on any of these committees may be recipients of AFSA-PAC funds, but in those cases they will usually have shown a consistent dedication to the support of diplomacy, development, and the Foreign Service workforce.
As AFSA implements its legislative agenda in the coming year, we are confident that AFSA-PAC will continue giving the Foreign Service a greater voice.
The AFSA-PAC Advisory Committee
We thank the following individuals for volunteering to serve on the AFSA-PAC advisory committee.
- Vacant (chairman/treasurer)
- Hon. Robert M. Beecroft
- Barry Friedman
- Donald Kursch
- James Meenan