The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas and the National Marine Manufacturers Association merged their political action committees to form one voice for recreational boating on Capitol Hill.
BoatPAC, the recreational boating industry’s political action committee, is overseen by a joint board of MRAA and NMMA members.
BoatPAC brings all of the industry’s segments together to support congressional candidates who will represent and protect the interests of the recreational boating industry.
“For years, our two organizations have managed separate PAC funds in separate ways,” MRAA president Matt Gruhn said in a statement. “The merger of the two committees serves to further unite our industry when it comes to our advocacy work and will magnify the reach and the volume of the marine industry’s voice.”
“BoatPAC has taken an enormous step forward, showing decision makers on Capitol Hill that the recreational boating industry is a united front,” NMMA president Thom Dammrich said. “I am pleased to see MRAA and NMMA working together to strengthen our collective voice through advocacy and look forward to celebrating many more victories together.”
Representing the MRAA and its members on the BoatPAC board of directors are: Carlton Phillips, of Prince William Marine Sales in Virginia; Ray Fernandez, of Bridge Marina in New Jersey; and Sam Lowrey, of MarineMax Inc. in Florida.
To learn more about the 2016 BoatPAC and the new Election Center website, attend a BoatPAC webinar at 11.a.m on Jan. 29.