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Legislative Issues Advocacy Fund

 

ARRL has created the Legislative Issues Advocacy Fund for the express purpose of educating Congressional representatives, and their respective staffs regarding issues that affect the Amateur Radio Service and ARRL's advocacy goals.

There is an urgent need to raise monies to offset the substantial cost of sending our voices to Washington for legislative advocacy, and we need to continue these expenditures into the future to achieve our goals, including and beyond the current CC&R legislative effort as there are other issues on the horizon that will require a continuing presence on Capitol Hill.  We must establish a brand for Amateur Radio now so that we no longer have to be reactive when it comes to the relationship between the Federal government and Amateur Radio.

This is not a Political Action Committee (PAC).  The purpose of the fund is to educate and inform members of Congress of the importance of legislation that impacts the League and its members, and furthers the mission of ARRL.  

Besides our current efforts regarding CC&Rs, there will be other issues in the near future that will require legislative action, including spectrum allocation (especially broadband allocation conflicts); a revised Communications Act; the adequacy and efficiency of FCC enforcement issues; use of Amateur Radio volunteers; increased privatization of Amateur Radio admission; FCC oversight issues; RFI concerns; and many other issues necessitating Congressional assistance.

All of these areas require the continuing education of our Congressional representatives as to the mission of the ARRL and to the membership we represent as the national association of Amateur Radio.  It is not enough to conduct our advocacy efforts at the ITU, CITEL, the FCC and NTIA.  Nor is it enough to have a Spectrum Defense Fund.  We must also be recognized as advocates for Amateur Radio in Congress at the effective level at which we are working right now.

It needs to be understood that there are no guarantees.  However, if we don't take steps to ensure our future, there may be no future. 

We have seen, poignantly and directly, the results of maintaining too low a profile in Congress.  We now find ourselves in a position of either educating or re-educating Congressional Representatives and their respective staffs on the purpose and benefit to the public of a viable Amateur Radio service.  Typically there are, in round numbers, between 700 and 1,700 hams in a Congressional district.  These numbers are - we know - meaningful to Congresspersons.  We need to keep our efforts up at a level that produces results. 

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