Stand With Us
|Jewelers of America’s Political Action Committee, JAPAC, is the only PAC that supports the fine retail jewelry industry in Washington, D.C. Through JAPAC, individual Jewelers of America members can join with other jewelry businesses in contributing to candidates for office at the federal level, who understand the interests of the jewelry industry.|
As an association, Jewelers of America is not permitted by law to make direct contributions to legislators. It created JAPAC as a way for its individual members’ collective voices to be heard on Capitol Hill.
the fine jewelry industry's voice in washington
JAPAC helps Jewelers of America and its legislative team in Washington keep jewelers’ interests front-and-center in the nation’s capital! This ongoing and professional presence on Capitol Hill has made a difference:
- In 2010, JAPAC contributed to the campaigns of 28 candidates in "toss-up" races. Of these, 22 went on to win and many now serve on key committees.
- In June 2011 and again in June 2012, Jewelers of America leaders and JAPAC Board members held day-long meetings with legislators in Washington, D.C. They asked them to stand up for jewelers on issues like sales tax fairness.
- In November 2011, Jewelers of America was among a small group of influential organizations acknowledged by Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) when he introduced the Marketplace Fairness Act (S.1832), a broadly bipartisan sales tax fairness bill.
Contributions to JAPAC support these efforts and work on other issues, including:
- Stopping proposed luxury taxes
- Protecting the LIFO (last-in, first-out) accounting method
- Permanent reduction in the estate tax
To learn more about issues JAPAC is following, see the Guide to Legislative Issues
or visit JA's Legislative Action Center