The California Restaurant Association will host a fundraising event Nov. 12 to benefit the political advocacy programs of the National Restaurant Association, including its Restaurant Political Action Committee and Restaurant Advocacy Fund. The “sunset soiree” is slated to kick off at 5:30 p.m. at Sandy’s in Huntington Beach.
The event host committee includes Michael Osborn of Pie N' Burger International in Pasadena, David Goronkin of Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp. in San Diego and Ted Burke of Shadowbrook Restaurant in Capitola.
“We’re thrilled that California is getting involved with this event,” NRA Senior Director of Political Advocacy Caitlin Donahue said. “You have to be involved, and you have to be engaged, because if you’re not at the table you’re on the menu. Lots of other groups use that motto, but it couldn’t be truer than for restaurants.”
Though the event will be held in Huntington Beach, the entire restaurant industry statewide is invited to support these important national efforts. Northern California or other operators who cannot attend the event in person may purchase a ticket, giving the opportunity for a Southern California restaurant manager to attend and learn more about becoming politically involved.
Since 2011, the Restaurant PAC has given $89,500 in contributions to California members of Congress and candidates. Heading into an election year, it’s important that the industry has enough resources to support national candidates for federal office who support our issues and will help us grow our businesses.
“We spend all year every year trying to figure out the best people to carry our issues,” Donahue said. “We’re doing a lot of the work toward educating lawmakers so they’ll resist signing on to those damaging bills. And at the end of the day, the people you’re supporting at the state level are looking to run for Congress or the Senate someday.”
In the last election cycle, the NRA raised $1.2 million, compared to the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which raised nearly $24 million.
While the NRA Restaurant PAC seeks out and supports incumbents and candidates for Congress who understand and support the restaurant industry, its Restaurant Advocacy Fund defends and advocates the industry at the issues level, year-round, at all levels of government.
Though the CRA’s Issues Political Action Committee also raises money for state-level matters, in many cases it doesn’t matter where a bill crops up when it has the potential to affect the entire industry, Donahue said. Most recently, the advocacy fund has been at work defending the industry against union-backed groups and worker centers that have ratcheted up reputational attacks on restaurants through public protests and ongoing legislative battles.
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