Jewelers of America’s Political Action Committee, JAPAC, is the only PAC that supports the fine 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.


Why Support JAPAC

According to Jewelers Board of Trade, nearly 800 jewelry businesses in the United States shut their doors in 2015. Jewelers of America's Political Action Committee can help ensure that your business not only continues but thrives. It is through JAPAC that the retail jewelry community creates a position of influence on issues of importance. 

Our legislative counsel, Haake Fetzer, uses the power of JAPAC to call attention to the interests of jewelry businesses and make our issues known to sympathetic legislators, who can work to introduce or support legislation that benefits our business community and protects your bottom line. JAPAC supports candidates for office who understand the interests of the jewelry industry. Contributions are made without regard to party affiliation. 

Protect your business interests in Washington, D.C., and in your state!

JAPAC Lobbying Results

JAPAC helps Jewelers of America and its legislative team in Washington, D.C., keep jewelers’ interests front-and-center in the nation’s capital! This ongoing and professional presence on Capitol Hill has made a difference:

  • JAPAC has supported 75 sitting Members of Congress over the last two election cycles
  • Jewelers of America leaders and JAPAC Board members hold an annual fly-in to Washington, D.C., meeting face-to-face with legislators.
  • Jewelers of America leadership, staff, members and our legislative counsel, Haake Fezter, have held over 350 face-to-face meetings on Capitol Hill since 2010.

Contributions to JAPAC support these efforts and work on other issues: 

  • Efforts to pass sales tax fairness legislation
  • Protecting the LIFO (last-in, first-out) accounting method from repeal
  • Fighting for sound tax policies that help -- not hurt -- small businesses
  • To learn more about issues JAPAC is following, visit JA's Legislative Action Center.

Get Involved

You can share your opinions with legislators in our Legislative Action Center, or contact JA Director of Public Affairs & Education Susan Thea Posnock at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 646-658-5806 to learn more and get involved with Jewelers of America's advocacy.

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