Dear AKC Club Member,
We value your commitment to purebred dogs and their future. With your support, we will always find ways to fight for you, your dogs, and your rights.
Continue reading to see what the AKC PAC has been involved in lately!
In June, the AKC PAC debuted the 2022 AKC PAC Sweepstakes with a theme of “Everyone Wants to Go Somewhere”. The Grand Prize is an inUSA Resilience steel gray three-piece luggage set (20”/24”/28”) with a hard flex construction design and four spinner 360-degree wheels on each. This luggage set is accompanied by a $750 travel gift card. The suggested donation is $25 a ticket or five for $100. Tickets will be available at the AKC National Championship in Orlando, Florida in December. You can donate online to qualify for this raffle by going to www.akc.org/pac. In the notes field in the online form, please request tickets. Please click here for full terms and conditions.
The AKC PAC’s efforts would be impossible without generous donors who continue to value the importance of protecting dog owners’ rights. We would like to give a special thank you to our top-level donors from the first half of the year!
Charles & Lynn Garvin
Susan LaCroix Hamil
Karolynne M. McAteer
William I. Christensen
Christopher L. Sweetwood
Click here for a list of all 2022 donors as of September 15.
Diamond Level donors receive our newest gift of a customized 20oz Yeti tumbler.
In approximately 2 months, voters across the country will head to the polls to choose national, state, and local officials.
These elections can have a significant impact on the rights of hobbyists, fanciers, and purebred owners. It is essential for the future of our purebred dogs and the sport that you help us ensure that dog-friendly candidates are elected in November.
AKC Government Relations has created a 2022 Election Guide with simple things you and your club can do to make a difference in the upcoming elections – from ensuring all your club members are registered to vote, to identifying the dog-friendly candidates in your area.
With election day right around the corner, now is the time to find out where the candidates stand on important canine legislative issues. To help, AKC GR has updated the Canine Legislation Candidate Survey.
This useful tool can help you quickly identify candidates who are friendly and committed to protecting the rights of responsible dog owners and breeders as well as the health, safety, and well-being of the dogs. From dog shows to field trials, to agility and other competitions, to hunting, to training, to breeding, and even grooming, activists are increasing pushing anti-dog owner legislation at the federal, state, and even the local level by either outlawing, or limiting the ability to continue to enjoy and hold events or raise the dogs we love.
Regardless of the level of government a candidate is seeking, the survey is designed to help you assess where the candidate stands on a variety of important canine issues. It can also be used as an educational tool to help the candidate understand the broad scope of issues to be considered and how important they are to members of their constituency.
Visit the AKC Government Relations toolbox to print or share a copy of the survey so you can make an informed decision on the candidate based on information that is important to you.
AKC PAC Chairman, Gail LaBerge, provides Georgia Senator Butch Miller with a check from the AKC PAC earlier this year. Senator Butch Miller is President Pro Tempore of the Georgia Senate of the General Assembly. In that position he is the leading member of the Georgia Senate. Senator Miller has been a strong supporter of fair and responsible dog legislation and willing to work with us on Canine issues.
Click here to view all the candidates the AKC PAC has supported so far in 2022.
The American Kennel Club takes the lead in supporting legislation across the country that protects the rights of responsible dog owners. The AKC Political Action Committee is an important tool that gives dog enthusiasts and advocates additional opportunities to interface with legislators through support of select legislative campaigns. Through the PAC, we can demonstrate a unity or purpose that helps us advance a positive legislative agenda.
How it works: The AKC PAC collects voluntary contributions from individuals and uses these donations to support candidates who defend dog owners’ rights and who can positively impact canine legislation. Donors must be a member of an AKC club. Contributions to the AKC PAC are not deductible on federal tax returns. Federal and state laws require the AKC PAC us to use our best efforts to collect and report the name, mailing address, occupation, and name of employer of individuals who donate to the PAC. The maximum annual contribution is $5,000.
Canine Legislative Support Fund:
The American Kennel Club has been advocating for purebred dog owners since our founding in 1884. The AKC Government Relations department was founded in 1990 to take an active role in protecting owners’ and breeders’ rights from infringement by activist legislation and laws. The right to own and breed dogs responsibly is threatened by the introduction of repressive canine legislation at the state and local levels. Combating negative canine legislation is a costly endeavor. The AKC Canine Legislative Support Fund (CLSF), was established as a way for clubs, individuals, or other entities to help support AKC’s advocacy efforts and activities. Donors to the CLSF need not be individual club members. Donations can be made to the CLSF online or by check made payable to the Canine Legislative Support Fund. Contributions to this fund are not tax deductible.
For a printable overview, please click here.
Join us for a day and a half or learning, networking, and sharing experiences with other legislative liaisons around the nation. Learn from AKC Government Relations and other experts about the latest trends, strategies, and tips for community outreach and legislative success. Learn how you can get involved, improve outcomes, and inspire others to join the cause. The role and importance of the AKC PAC will also be discussed.
The AKC PAC is a single-issue, non-partisan organization dedicated to supporting the election of legislators who will protect the rights of responsible dog owners. Learn more about the AKC PAC.