Trade association Jewelers of America is going to start showing more appreciation to supporters of its Political Action Committee, the only PAC that supports fine jewelry retailers. Through the JAPAC Awards, supporters will be recognized through the gift of a pin representing one of three levels of economic contribution—$500–$1,999; $2,000–$3,499; and $3,500–$5,000—all of which aid “JA’s ongoing legislative advocacy on behalf of the jewelry industry,” according to the group.
Through JAPAC, individual employees of JA member firms can join with other jewelry industry professionals to support candidates for federal offices that understand industry interests.
“In 2014—a year that will be critical in terms of the legislative landscape—we are looking to expand the reach of the Jewelers of America Political Action Committee,” explained Susan Thea Posnock, JA director of public affairs and education. “That’s critical, since every day, legislators make decisions that impact businesses, including jewelers.…The jewelry industry’s support of JAPAC will help ensure jewelers have a collective voice on Capitol Hill, and Jewelers of America can now gratefully acknowledge those JA members who support JAPAC with an awards pin.”