Pillow Talk – Donation

by Perry Pillow, Director of Government Affairs, AATC

I recently heard a Carter Blood Center radio advertisement seeking blood donors that caught my ear. The announcer said that blood can only be donated by individuals; not manufactured. Life depends on blood, and there is no substitute. To be useful, blood must be authentic, not artificial.

Similarly, AATC’s advocacy initiatives depend on our members graciously giving their time and treasure. Time is our members’ most valuable asset. It cannot be created. It is in limited supply and the demands for it are numerous. When AATC members meet with elected officials, travel to Washington or Austin, attend city council meetings, or serve on the AATC, TAA, or NAA Government Affairs Committee, they are providing a priceless, irreplaceable resource.

AATC’s Political Action Committee (AATC PAC) relies solely on personal donations to survive. By law, AATC PAC may only accept individual contributions; no corporate funds are allowed. So, when you are asked to participate in AATC golf tournaments or other PAC events, remember, personal credit cards or personal checks are the only legal form of payment.

Financial contributions (individual and PACs) are also the lifeline of the political campaigns. It takes lots of cash to run for elected office. The winners in an average 2018 contested house of representatives’ race spent $2.8 million; the price went up to $17 million for Senate winners.  Locally, winning candidates in a contested, city-wide council race will spend more than 200,000.

Synthetic, fabricated time and money do not exist (internet geeks Bitcoin is not taking down the international banking system). Like blood, they depend on human beings. This year, commitment to giving blood; it’s your community service. But also give your precious time and money to AATC’s advocacy efforts; it’s your civic duty.

 ADVOCACY TEAMS – Our Advocacy Teams are hard at work on your behalf in cities throughout Tarrant County. Advocacy team members meet and vet candidates for public office.  This personal engagement enhances AATC’s GAC & PAC trustees’ candidate evaluation process.  Advocacy teams host property tours, attend city council meetings, and engage in local issues that affect our industry. If you live, own, or operate properties in Arlington, Bedford, Burleson, Euless, Fort Worth, Grapevine, Haltom City, Hurst, Mansfield, North Richland Hills, our Advocacy Teams need you. If you know an elected or government official, our Advocacy Teams need you.  If you would like to be on an advocacy team, contact Perry Pillow at ppillow@aatcnet.org or (817) 616-0354.

CONGRESSIONAL MEETINGS – AATC President Candy Maxey, Secretary Patty Utley, Past President Cindi Scoggins, Government Affairs Committee Chair John Gillespie, and members Nicole Zaitoon, Jim Floyd, and Ian Mattingly recent met with Tarrant County members of congress Kay Granger (R – TX12), Ron Wright (R – TX6), and Marc Veasey (D – TX33), as well as, Republican district 24 candidate Beth Van Duyne. During these meetings, AATC members presented $5,000 NAA PAC contributions to Granger, Wright, Veasey, and Van Duyne. The overwhelming success of the Business Exchange allowed AATC to make these contributions.

AATC PAC ENDORSEMENTS – Last month, the AATC PAC Trustees approved $8,000 in AATC PAC contributions including Arlington City Councilmember At-Large Victoria Myers – $3,500; Arlington City Councilmember District 1 Helen Moise – $2,500; and Tarrant Count Precinct 8 Constable Michael Campbell – $2,000. Myers has been an extremely good friend to AATC, and she enjoys participating in our Lyceum Program. She chairs the Tarrant County Continuum of Care that provides all homeless services in Tarrant County. Moise has her CPM and has been a very good friend to AATC. She has served on the IREM board. Campbell has been an outstanding constable in Southeast Fort Worth.

CANDIDATE FILINGS – The field of Texans running for president, congress, state senate, state representative, county commissioner, judge, and constable in 2020 is set. More than 100 candidates filed for places on the March 3rd Tarrant County primary election ballot. Unlike recent elections, Democrats are running a very broad slate of qualified candidates.

MUNICIPAL CANDIDATE FILLING DEADLINE – The filing period for DFW mayor and city council races is February 14th. Contests to watch include the open district 2 and district 6 Arlington City Council seats. Long-serving Arlington council members Sheri Capehart and Robert Shepard are being term-limited out. Potential candidates include Mansfield ISD board member Raul Gonzales in district 2 and Arlington ISD board member John Hibbs in district 6.

Perry Pillow is AATC’s Director of Government Affairs. For more information, contact Perry at ppillow@aatcnet.org or call 817-616-0354.