The AMO Voluntary Political Action Fund

Through the AMO Voluntary Political Action Fund, our legislative staff contributes to the campaigns of elected representatives in the Senate and House of Representatives. This process allows our staff to establish supportive relationships with key representatives. These relationships provide a basis to educate newly elected representatives in the important roles of U.S.-flag shipping, as well as the ability to work with incumbent leaders on issues vital to the merchant fleet.

A contribution to the AMO Voluntary Political Action Fund is an investment in job and benefit security for American mariners and in the future of our industry. The success of our legislative staff depends upon your support of the VPAF.

The cornerstones of U.S. maritime policy our legislative staff works to promote and protect are:

Contributions to the AMO Voluntary Political Fund are used expressly for direct contributions to the campaigns of elected representatives in the Senate and House of Representatives. Contributions to the VPAF are held in an account separate from other union and plans funds.

Nearly 100 percent of every dollar contributed to the Voluntary Political Action Fund is used for direct campaign contributions. The remaining portion pays for banking and auditing services to ensure the fund's compliance with federal regulations.

Complete contribution disclosure reports for the AMO Voluntary Political Action Fund are available on the Federal Elections Commission's Web site. Visit the FEC search page at this address: fec.gov/finance/disclosure/srssea.shtml. On the search page, select an election cycle and enter "American Maritime Officers" in the search field.

For more information about the AMO Voluntary Political Action Fund, call (800) 816-1734 ext. 7003.