|Amy Ryberg Doyle|
Election day for City Council primary races in the City of Greenville is Tuesday, August 11. The polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. If you are registered to vote and live in the City of Greenville, please plan to go to the polls. Not registered to vote? Why not?
South Carolina Builders PAC has contributed to the following candidates:
- Susan Reynolds, Republican, incumbent and candidate for reelection to an a-large seat on Greenville City Council
- Amy Ryberg Doyle, Republican, incumbent and candidate for reelection to the District 1 seat on Greenville City Council representing the North Main Street area of the City of Greenville
The right to vote is not only a privilege, it is a responsibility that each voter should take seriously. Elections are how our country chooses the leaders who will represent our interests in the halls of government.
Your Home Builders Association has formed two Political Action Committees that raise money from our members, screens candidates, and makes contributions to the campaigns of the candidates that our Government Affairs Committee members and Board of Directors have determined will be represent the interests of the Home Building, Remodeling, Land Development, and Light Commercial Contracting industries.
South Carolina Builders PAC is organized as a 527 committee, is managed by the Home Builders Association of South Carolina, and regulated by the South Carolina Ethics Commission. It’s scope is statewide, legislative, and local government races in South Carolina. It is a cooperative PAC in which the HBA of Greenville participates.
BuildPAC is organized under Federal Election Laws. It’s scope is Congressional races. BuildPAC does not take a position on the Presidency. BuildPAC is managed by the National Association of Home Builders.
The Government Affairs Committee surveys and interviews candidates and makes recommendations for supporting those candidates to the Board of Directors of the Home Builders Association of Greenville, which makes the final decision on local and legislative races. The S.C. Builders PAC Trustees determines contributions for statewide races, and the BuildPAC Trustees determines the contributions for Congressional races.
NAHB will co-sponsor virtual town hall events with the presidential candidates. These events, or “teleforums,” will provide NAHB members with an opportunity to hear from the candidates and ask them questions via telephone. All NAHB members are invited to participate. The following candidates have been invited to participate:
- President Barack Obama
- Governor Mitt Romney
- Governor Rick Perry
- Congressman Ron Paul
- Congresswoman Michele Bachmann
- Speaker Newt Gingrich
- Businessman Herman Cain
Ron Paul teleforum is Thursday, October 13
Are you a Ron Paul fan? The first confirmed teleforum will be with Representative Ron Paul on Thursday, October 13, at approximately 2:00 p.m. EST. You must sign up immediately (by 5 p.m. Wednesday, October 12) if you want to participate in the first teleforum. Simply fill out the registration form at this link
. You will need to provide us with a valid telephone number at which you can be contacted when the event begins.
Join the teleforum at the HBA of Greenville Office
The first teleforum will be aired at the HBA of Greenville Office on Thursday, October 13. If you would like to join the teleforum there, simply click on this link to register. We will email you when we have a confirmed time for the teleforum. You will have the added bonus of helping HBA staff prepare a mailing while you participate in the teleforum!
How it will work
Due to last-minute changes in the candidates’ schedules, all teleforum times are approximate. Registrants for the first event with Ron Paul will receive an email on the day of that event, letting you know roughly what time to expect the call that will connect you. Should you miss the initial call, please be patient, as you will be called back. Each teleforum event will last roughly 45 to 60 minutes, and you will receive instructions on how to submit a question to the candidate once you are connected. Please keep in mind that only a limited number of questions can be taken in each teleforum due to time constraints. Also bear in mind that, if you do not wish to participate in a certain teleforum, all you need to do is hang up when the operator calls you.
We expect more candidates to soon confirm times in which they can participate in a teleforum event. You will be notified of each subsequently scheduled teleforum as soon as that information is available.
NAHB Policy on Presidential Elections
Consistent with our policy, NAHB is not endorsing any presidential candidate. We are simply providing a channel through which the candidates can talk with our members, and vice-versa. It is up to each of our members to decide whether he or she will participate in any of the calls that will be taking place.
Dear HBA Member,
We have a Senator that has contested two of our bills and continues to stall them so they cannot come to a vote. Another Senator believes that the state should mandate residential fire sprinklers and will push for this issue every chance he gets. Even another Senator believes that every new homeowner should pay at least a $30,000 impact fee and does not comprehend how that will limit home ownership. These three Senators alone have and will continue to limit our industry and economy.
What can you do? Contribute to S.C. Builders Political Action Committee (PAC).
Last year, our member’s donations helped us support 44 candidates seeking election across the state, including 4 new U.S. House members, which resulted in a 97% success rate. We will also use the monies from your donations to target those who consistently act as a barrier to our industry…especially those looking to be elected in the 2012 Senate races.
How can you help? Participate in the next HBA PAC fundraiser.
A fundraiser is being held this summer at the state convention in Myrtle Beach. If you are attending, you can donate your time and resources. Even if you are not attending, you can donate an item for the silent auction. Members have already donated a billboard, a BMW x6 weekend rental, faucets, and gift certificates. Other ideas include golf outings, hunting/fishing trips, rentals/timeshares, wines, electronics, arts/crafts, and sporting equipment. Your donation to the auction will also be credited as a donation to the PAC for the value the item was purchased.
Your HBA of Greenville will host a PAC fundraiser this Fall with the Chili Cook Off and Oyster Roast. The event will include an auction, door prizes, and visits from local elected officials.
What: PAC Fundraiser: Chili Cook Off and Oyster Roast
When: September 8, 6 p.m.
Where: Carolina First Center
Please make plans to support your PAC. We will need to be heavily involved in the elections next year to ensure that we support elected officials who understand how vital our industry is. We can only be successful because of members like you.
I hope you will continue to support the S.C. Builders PAC and thank you for all you do.
Mark Nix, Executive Director
Home Builders Association of South Carolina
Since 1970 HBASC Members and South Carolina’s legislators have been attending the Bird Supper. It is the longest standing event on the S.C. legislative calendar.
When: March 30, 2011, 6 p.m.
Where: Marriott Downtown, Columbia, SC
Join us as we gather with our legislators over a delicious supper of fried quail, grits, green beans, biscuits and other fine southern cuisine.
Tickets are $35 per person. Contact the Home Builders Association of Greenville at (864) 254-0133.
It is the election season. Have you noticed? The General Election is Tuesday, November 2. Polls open in South Carolina at 7 a.m. and remain open until 7 p.m.
Please vote on November 2.
NAHB BuildPAC has contributed to the following candidates:
U.S. Senate: Jim DeMint (R)
U.S. House District 3: Jeff Duncan (R)
U.S. House District 4: Trey Gowdy (R)
South Carolina Builders PAC has contributed to the following candidates:
Governor: Nikki Haley (R) and Vince Sheheen (D)
Lt. Governor: Ken Ard (R)
Attorney General: Alan Wilson (R)
Treasurer: Curtis Loftis (R)
Agriculture Commissioner: Hugh Weathers (R)
S.C. House District 2: Bill Sandifer (R)
S.C. House District 19: Dwight Loftis (R)
S.C. House District 20: Dan Hamilton (R)
S.C. House District 22: Wendy Nanney (R)
S.C. House District 23: Chandra Dillard (D)
S.C. House District 24: Bruce Bannister (R)
S.C. House District 26: Judy Gilstrap (D)
S.C. House District 27: Garry Smith (R)
S.C. House District 28: Eric Bedingfield (R)
Greenville County Council District 26: Dan Rawls (R)
Greenville County Council District 28: Fred Payne (R)
Your Home Builders Association of Greenville cooperates with the Home Builders of South Carolina to raise and contribute funds to candidates for elected offices in South Carolina through the South Carolina Builders PAC. Eighty percent of the funds we raise in Greenville for S.C. Builders PAC are directed by the HBA of Greenville for local and legislative races. The remaining 20 percent is used for statewide races like Governor and Attorney General.
In addition, your HBA of Greenville assists NAHB in raising funds for BuildPAC. All of the funds raised for BuildPAC are used for Federal races.
The Legislative Committee surveys and interviews candidates and makes recommendations for supporting those candidates to the HBA of Greenville Board of Directors, which makes the final decision on local and legislative races. The S.C. Builders PAC Trustees determines contributions for statewide races, and the BuildPAC Trustees determines the contributions for national races.
As a matter of Policy, NAHB’s BuildPAC does not contribute to candidates for President or Vice President.