Working to Build a Brighter Future for the Toy Industry
TIA President Carter Keithley delivers an important message about
“There are many keys to an effective industry advocacy program
and among the most important is a strong political action
committee. With so many policy challenges facing our industry, it’s
critical that we equip TIA with all the tools necessary to help fight
harmful government regulation. That is why, as a small business
owner, I joined TOYPAC. I encourage every member of the toy
industry to learn more about TOYPAC and to consider
contributing." – Sam Harwell, President of Big Time Toys, LLC and TOYPAC Board
TOYPAC Is Your PAC
Established in March 2010, TOYPAC is the toy industry’s political
action committee, or PAC. Protecting our industry from burdensome
and damaging state and federal regulation requires we utilize every
available advocacy tool. A PAC is an important way for TIA and our
industry to interact with policymakers so our messages are
heard. The goal of TOYPAC is to give TIA members a collective voice
in the election of candidates for federal and state office.
Through this effort, TOYPAC helps TIA to advance the legislative
priorities of the toy industry by helping to elect and re-elect the
political candidates most likely to support those priorities.
Join TOYPAC TOYPAC may only contact a restricted class of our member
companies with their prior approval. First, provide your approval and
then you will be able to learn more on how you can support our
TOYPAC is regulated by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and
state ethics committees around the country. The process of giving
to the TOYPAC as well as the disbursements to candidates is fully
transparent. TOYPAC does not align with one specific political party and
contributions are determined by what is in the best interest of the
industry. While TOYPAC, under FEC regulations, is prohibited by law
from accepting corporate contributions, acceptance of voluntary personal
contributions from individuals is permitted and allows us to work toward
improving the environment in which TIA member businesses operate.
TIA members can access additional information about TOYPAC here.
Fundraising Goals - Every Dollar Counts!
TOYPAC continues to set challenging yet attainable goals for
itself. In the 2010 election cycle, TOYPAC raised nearly
$25,000 to help support business-friendly candidates to elected
For the 2011-2012 election cycle, TOYPAC has set a goal to double its
first year fundraising goal to $50,000. 100% of TOYPAC contributions go
to support toy industry-friendly candidates for federal and state
Member support of TOYPAC allows the toy industry build powerful
relationships in Washington D.C. and in state capitols across the
nation. Yet TOYPAC does more than just help elect pro-industry
candidates. A strong PAC demonstrates that an
Association has a strong grassroots network, effective leadership,
and a committed membership.
TOYPAC's most recent actions and accomplishments include:
Since its formation, TOYPAC has made contributions to ten Members of
Congressional Leadership, Committee Chairmen and/or Ranking
In the 2010 election cycle, 100% of TOYPAC-supported candidates were
With TOYPAC contributions, TIA has developed new relationships with
first term Members of Congress.
Contributions to TOYPAC are completely voluntary and must be made
with personal funds. TOYPAC can accept contributions of no more than
$5,000 per calendar year from TIA members who provide prior approval. Member contribution are disbursed as
directed by the TOYPAC Board of Directors. TOYPAC may give $5,000 per
federal candidate per election. Contributions to TOYPAC are not
deductible for federal income tax purposes.
TOYPAC Board of Directors
Sam Harwell, CEO, Big Time Toys, LLC
Joel Berger, President, Cardinal Industries, Inc.
Jay Foreman, President & CEO, The Bridge Direct/ Acorn
Chuck Scothon, GM & SVP, Mattel Digital Network
David Hargeaves, Chief Operating Officer, Hasbro, Inc.
Executive Vice President of External Affairs Toy Industry Association
575 F Street, NW 3rd Floor
Washington DC 20004 email@example.com
Phone: (202) 344-4387
Director of Government Affairs Toy Industry Association
1115 Broadway, Suite 400
New York, NY 10010 firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (646) 454-5580