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How You Can Get Involved In Political Grassroots Activities

For more than 100 years, the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of California (IIABCal) has provided legislative, regulatory, judicial and grassroots advocacy to independent agents and brokers through a network of professional advocates and volunteer members. As an IIABCal member, you are part of a political grassroots organization, comprised of thousands of independent insurance agents and brokers speaking with one voice on the state and national levels.

Join Together With One Voice!

State Representation

Mobilizing the collective strength of independent insurance agents and brokers into a united voice is Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of California’s most important member benefit.

The number one reason to belong to the West Coast’s largest trade association of insurance agents and brokers is that we get results for you in Sacramento and on Capitol Hill.  No other organization is as capable or effective on behalf of independent insurance agents and brokers.

Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of California’s legislative, regulatory and political grassroots advocacy is under the capable direction of its Senior Vice President & General Counsel Steve Young.  Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of California retains John Norwood, Sacramento’s most respected and effective insurance lobbying team.

With term limits in California, the adage "all politics is local" is truer today than every before. Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of California recognizes that relationships in the legislator’s district – not just in Sacramento – are crucial.

How You Can Get Involved In Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of California’s Powerful Grassroots Program?

Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of California’s powerful Political Action Program features a Grassroots Network of brokers and agents from each legislator’s district.  You can be part of it. 


National Representation

The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America's (IIABA) grassroots program is the backbone of legislative advocacy on agent and broker issues on Capitol Hill and in state capitals. IIABA's 300,000 agents, brokers and their employees are a formidable grassroots constituency on Capitol Hill. They play a key role in shaping legislation involving insurance regulatory reform, producer compensation, small business concerns, tax issues, tort reform, privacy issues, natural disaster reform, terrorism insurance, crop insurance issues, health care reform, and more.

IIABA's grassroots strength lies in the number of involved agent and broker activists that can be mobilized at a moment's notice by an "Action Alert" system. These calls to action are shared with all employees in an agency or brokerage firm, including support staff, so they too can have their voices heard on issues affecting their livelihood.

Additionally, IIABA encourages its members to be active in local, state and national politics. With literally hundreds or thousands of agents, brokers and their employees in every congressional district, IIABA's grassroots activists not only play an important role in their communities as local business and civic leaders, but also play a critical role in supporting federal, state and local candidates for elective office.

Call IIABA at (202) 863-7000 to become actively involved in the Association's grassroots efforts or to obtain legislative information and political background materials.

Contribute To Your State and National Political Action Campaigns (PACs)

Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of California’s advocacy efforts on the state and national levels are funded from several advocacy funds. These funds are a key element of an expansive political action program and long-range plan to strengthen our advocacy effectiveness. As an IIABCal member,  independent insurance agents and brokers are encourage to contributed to IIPAC, InsurPAC and the Legal Defense Fund.

IIPAC is the non-partisan political action committee of the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of California (IIABCal).

IIPAC is a non-partisan political action committee funded through voluntary contributions collected during the annual membership dues process. IIPAC contributes to the campaigns of candidates seeking election to the California Legislature, to candidate-based fundraising committees, and to candidates for statewide office. IIPAC is also used for participation in coalitions and campaigns on public policy issues important to members and their clients, whether by legislation, regulation, initiative or referendum. 

Click here to make an IIPAC contribution.

InsurPac is the Political Action Committee (PAC) of IIABA's 23,000 member agencies and 300,000 agents and brokers nationwide.  It is the largest property-casualty insurance industry PAC in the country, and is one of the primary reasons the Big "I" is rated among the most successful lobbying groups in Washington, DC.

InsurPac raises funds by asking for voluntary personal contributions from independent agents and brokers throughout the country.  By pooling money together, InsurPac helps elect candidates and re-elect members of the U.S. Congress who share IIABA's business philosophy.

Click here to support InsurPAC.

IIABCal established a Legal Defense Fund to provide a ready source of funds to protect the common business interests of the membership when threatened.

Legal Defense Fund proceeds may be used to pay legal fees and related costs to outside law firms as well as to recover expenses for in-house legal costs and services associated with defending the members’ interests in the matter at hand.

Expenditures for threats resulting from litigation, regulation, legislation or referendum must be approved by the Board of Directors or by a unanimous vote of the Executive Committee on its behalf between meetings.