December 2014

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26 | www.cedmag.com | Construction Equipment Distribution | December 2014 AED Grassroots Throughout the 2014 midterm election cycle, AED members stepped up to the plate to ensure that the voice of the industry was heard. From California to New York and everywhere in between, candidates filed into AED member facilities and local group meetings to interact with equipment distribu- tors, learn about the issues that impact your primary product markets and cost of doing business, and receive AED PAC support for their campaigns. Whether candidates were Democrat or Republican, incum- bent or challenger, congressional leadership member or rank-and-file lawmaker, distributors were concerned only with ensuring the 114th Congress is stocked with leaders who understand the construction equipment industry, and are committed to passing pro-industry legislation. The 2014 election cycle was highlighted by the promi- nence of the ImPACt program. AED members participated in 50 in-person ImPACt 2014 meetings with candidates. The cornerstone of AED's political program, ImPACt events allow AED members to meet with lawmakers and candidates in their districts and states and present them with AED PAC support and matching personal contributions. Candidates gain a better appreciation for what equipment distributors do and learn how federal government actions (or inaction) affect your company. ImPACt meetings are critical to building AED's grassroots organization and strengthening the relationship between candidates, equipment dealers, and AED. Thank you to all those that participated in AED ImPACt events and helped make the program such a success in 2013-2014! AED's Washington Office looks forward to an even better ImPACt 2016. For more information, please contact AED's Washington Office at 703-739-9513 or aeddc@aednet.org. Members took charge of election out- comes with active participation in AED ImPACt events to support pro-equipment- industry candidates. Makin' It Personal (continued on page 28) Congressman John Barrow (D-Ga., second from left) receives an AED PAC check from Gayle Humphries (center) and the JCB of Georgia team. Republican candidate Doug Ose (R-Calif.) accepts AED PAC support from AED Board member Ron Barlet at Bejac Corporation in Sacramento. Congresswoman-elect Elise Stefanik receives PAC support from employees at Tracey Road Equipment. Left to right: Vic Natali, David Holzwarth, Brian Larose, John Delong, and Dan Donaldson. Rep. Steve Womack (R-Ark., second from right) accepts AED PAC sup- port from AED Foundation Vice Chairman Denny Vander Molen and the Vermeer MidSouth team.

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