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ACPAC Election Watch
The impending battle for control of Congress.
By Rae Ann Bevington
s the election nears, Democrats
and Republicans running for
federal office are wondering how
the presidential candidates will impact
down-ballot races. Voters are upset with
the status quo and are seeking real change.
Polls and reports throughout the spring
and summer have exposed an anxious
electorate, with a majority of Americans
feeling the country is on the wrong track.
Legislators elected in November will
determine the course our country will take
in response to economic stagnation, national
security, immigration, terrorism and the
dissatisfaction with government as a whole.
The battle for Congress is on the horizon,
and members of Congress are scurrying back
to their states to shore up support.
It will likely be down to the wire for
control of the White House and Congress.
Our nation's policymakers may seem far
removed from your daily activities, but the
policies they put in place can ultimately
make or break your business. An essential
element to the success of any national
trade association's lobbying efforts is
its political arm. ACPAC is the Political
Action Committee of ACA International.
Its mission is to forge a powerful political
partnership among ACA, its state units
and all 3,500 members to protect the
collection industry from legislative and
ACPAC is bipartisan and supports
candidates for federal office who share and
support the views of ACA members. As a
matter of strategic principle, ACA has sought
to build relationships on both sides of the
aisle in order to be well positioned regardless
of the election outcome.
With a number of very tight races in
both the U.S. House of Representatives and
Senate, ACPAC has been tracking events
very carefully and investing our PAC dollars
in solid pro-business candidates who are
supportive of our issues.
Currently, the Republicans hold a 247-186
majority in the House. The battle for control of
the people's chamber focuses primarily on 20
competitive House races: three Democraticheld seats and 17 Republican-held seats.
For Democrats to recapture the House,
the minority must gain 31 seats on election
night. House Republicans are predicted to
lose some of their majority, perhaps five to
10 of the seats, but Democrats must win a
large swath of Republican seats to regain
control of the House.
In the upper chamber, the current Senate lineup is 44 Democrats, 54 Republicans and two
Independents who caucus with the Democrats,
giving the Democrats a 46-seat minority. Of the
34 Senate races on the ballot this November,
Democrats are defending 10 and Republicans
are defending the other 24. The Democrats must
win five seats to recapture the Senate.
Republicans have very few pickup
opportunities, and political pundits estimate
the GOP will lose seats in November
given the sheer number of Senators up
for reelection. A significant surge by the
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary
Clinton could lift the Democrats into striking
distance of gaining control of the Senate.
Battleground states for the Republicans
are: Florida (U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio); Illinois
(U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk); Indiana (Open-U.S.
Sen. Dan Coats); New Hampshire (U.S. Sen.
Kelly Ayotte); Ohio (U.S. Sen. Rob Portman);
Pennsylvania (U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey) and
Wisconsin (U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson). For
Democrats, the battleground state is Nevada
(Open-U.S. Sen. Harry Reid).
If the Democrats accomplish their goal of
retaking control of the Senate in November,
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) would
mostly likely become the Majority Leader.
A Democratic majority would mean major
changes because there would be a swap in
who controls powerful Senate committees.
The wild cards in this year's election are
the "Bernie" and "Trump" factor. Will the
"Bernie" and "Trump" movement bring
scores of typical nonvoters into the voting
booth? The anti-establishment crusade
has evolved from a grassroots movement
to a major political force this election.
Dissatisfied activists on both sides of the
political aisle could effect real change in the
makeup of Congress on Election Day.
Finally, the big dollar independent
political organizations known as Super
PACs are having a tremendous effect on
federal elections throughout the country.
Technically known as independent
expenditure-only committees, Super PACs
may raise unlimited sums of money from
corporations, unions, associations and
individuals, and then spend unlimited sums
to overtly advocate for or against political
candidates. Unlike traditional PACs, Super
PACs are prohibited from donating money
directly to political candidates.
The number of Super PACs registered with
the Federal Election Commission has surged
to 1,230 since the inception of this new
political entity. The Super PAC movement is
changing the face of American politics.
The 2016 elections will set the course for
the future direction of the U.S. While the
year ahead promises many challenges for
the credit and collection industry, ACA's
Government Affairs team has been making
huge strides in highlighting the important
work of the credit and collection industry to
lawmakers in Washington, D.C., and around
the country. We look forward to working with
the membership to continue to deliver our
message to the incoming 115th Congress.
Rae Ann Bevington is ACA International's
Political Action Committee director.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Collector - October 2016
Connect the Dots
Head of the Class
The Formula of Five
How to Create Winning Bids and Proposals
A Running Start
ACPAC Election Watch
ACA’s Industry Advancement Program Aids Eleventh Circuit Win for Member Company
Collector - October 2016 - Cover1
Collector - October 2016 - Cover2
Collector - October 2016 - 1
Collector - October 2016 - 2
Collector - October 2016 - President’s Page
Collector - October 2016 - Industry News
Collector - October 2016 - 5
Collector - October 2016 - 6
Collector - October 2016 - 7
Collector - October 2016 - Best Practices
Collector - October 2016 - 9
Collector - October 2016 - FYI
Collector - October 2016 - 11
Collector - October 2016 - Collection Tips
Collector - October 2016 - 13
Collector - October 2016 - Connect the Dots
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Collector - October 2016 - 18
Collector - October 2016 - 19
Collector - October 2016 - Looking Deeper
Collector - October 2016 - 21
Collector - October 2016 - 22
Collector - October 2016 - 23
Collector - October 2016 - Head of the Class
Collector - October 2016 - 25
Collector - October 2016 - 26
Collector - October 2016 - 27
Collector - October 2016 - Calendar
Collector - October 2016 - Honor Roll
Collector - October 2016 - The Formula of Five
Collector - October 2016 - 31
Collector - October 2016 - How to Create Winning Bids and Proposals
Collector - October 2016 - 33
Collector - October 2016 - 34
Collector - October 2016 - 35
Collector - October 2016 - A Running Start
Collector - October 2016 - 37
Collector - October 2016 - 38
Collector - October 2016 - 39
Collector - October 2016 - ACPAC Election Watch
Collector - October 2016 - 41
Collector - October 2016 - ACA’s Industry Advancement Program Aids Eleventh Circuit Win for Member Company
Collector - October 2016 - 43
Collector - October 2016 - Compliance
Collector - October 2016 - 45
Collector - October 2016 - ACA SearchPoint
Collector - October 2016 - 47
Collector - October 2016 - Last Word
Collector - October 2016 - Cover3
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