Electing Our Own
The best way to advance IAFF legislative issues is to elect fire fighters and
emergency medical personnel to public office. IAFF members and their families
understand the unique challenges first responders face in their communities.
More than 325 members and family members are currently elected to public office.
The IAFF encourages those interested in taking on the challenge of running for
public office to pursue the opportunity.
FIREPAC Financial Assistance
FIREPAC supports members and family members elected and those interested in
running for office. Taking on the challenge of running a campaign can be costly.
Elected members and candidates can request financial assistance from FIREPAC for
their campaigns by completing the following:
1. FIREPAC Contribution Request Form
2. Submit a letter of endorsement from the candidate’s home local AND any other
local that member/family member will be representing if elected.
3. Submit a copy of a campaign budget.
Please fax or mail the above forms to: International Association of Fire
Fighters, Attn: Political Action, 1750 New York Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
20006; Fax: (202) 783-4570.
IAFF Candidate Resources
In addition to financial assistance, the IAFF Political Action Department is a
resource to a member’s campaign in several ways.
1. Attend the IAFF Political Training Academy (hyperlink). The Political
Training Academy is an educational five-day program that teaches members about
the nuts and bolts of political campaigns. The Academy is intended for all skill
levels and addresses the issues of fundraising, messaging, planning,
researching, field plans and more.
2. Procuring Targeting Data: Through
a partnership with the National Committee for an Effective Congress (NCEC), the
IAFF provide targeting information for your campaign. When requesting this
information, please include the name of the position you are running for, the
district number, and/or the name of the jurisdiction in which you are running.
Please make this request at least one month before you will need to use the
3. Targeting Assistance: IAFF
Political Action staff can provide technical assistance to help you understand
the NCEC data and execute your targeting plan.
4. Technical Assistance Reviewing
Overall Campaign: The IAFF Political Action staff can review your campaign plan,
budget, fundraising, polling data, direct mail literature and other pertinent
5. Mailing Labels/Phone Lists/Walk
Lists: The IAFF Political Action staff can provide you with this data of IAFF
members in the jurisdiction in question. This request must be made from the
local president to your IAFF district vice president, who in turn will make the
formal request to the IAFF General Secretary-Treasurer’s office. When making
your initial request, please notify the IAFF Political Action Department. Please
begin this request process at least one month before you will need to use this
information. Be specific in your request.
6. State Election Law
Assistance: IAFF Political Action staff can help ensure that you comply with all
appropriate state election law requirements. However, if you are uncertain about
an aspect of your state law, contact us before you undertake an effort, not
after the fact.
7. FIREPAC Check-Off Assistance: The
IAFF Political Action Department can provide you with any information and
materials you need to establish a FIREPAC Check-Off Program for your local,
including technical assistance to set up the program.
8. Referrals to External Campaign
Professionals: If you anticipate the need to hire outside campaign consultants
(pollsters, media advisors, direct mail firms, etc.), the IAFF Political Action
Department can provide referrals of qualified professionals.
If you would like access to any of
these resources or have any questions, please email the
Political Affairs Department at
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