Another Ignorant Hit to our Industry!
Thanks to the diligent efforts of one industry member who has embraced the PPAI grassroots program, PPAI was alerted that the Executive Order was imminent late last week. PPAI President and CEO Paul Bellantone, CAE, immediately petitioned the President and said, "while it might be tempting to limit the purchase of promotional products in order to yield some short-term savings, in the long term, this prohibition may unintentionally diminish the good work of Federal agencies. Time and again, promotional products have proven themselves to be the most cost-effective way to reach a very targeted audience in a tangible, long-lasting and memorable manner."
In addition, the PPAI Advocacy team reached out to the White House and small-business advocates within the government. "While PPAI was not able to stop this order, we believe we were able to mitigate the overall impact further demonstrating why the industry needs grassroots participation to be effective," says Bellantone. "We need to make sure we have members of Congress watching out for us.
"The government efforts against our industry are not coming through traditional channels. Executive orders are written privately and released-without public input or debate. We must have sentinels on every public policy corner. This is the second time in the past two months that vigilant members have given us critical insights and allowed us to preemptively respond to threats. In both cases, those inside Washington acknowledged that they were surprised we had found out about what they are doing."
PPAI thanks members who are watching out for the industry and encourages everyone to join us in our advocacy efforts. PPAI's goal is to ensure that promotional products are viewed in a positive light. The Association will work diligently to achieve that goal.
CALL TO ACTION:
Have you ever sold promotional products to a Federal department? If so, please contact PPAI immediately at email@example.com and let us know. We will use your experience to demonstrate how promotional products can be used to help government agencies succeed. Look for more specific guidance on next steps to guide your advocacy efforts.