What is the CandyPAC?

The CandyPAC is the confectionery industry’s political action committee (PAC) managed by NCA and funded by personal money that individuals contribute. The CandyPAC offers funds to current and prospective members of Congress who use this money to campaign.

What does the CandyPAC do for the confectionery industry?

The CandyPAC supports Congressional leaders who understand our issues, our needs and our concerns. Contributing to the CandyPAC is a decision to help the confectionery industry build and sustain relationships with members of Congress.

The CandyPAC is one of the most important tools we use to address public policy issues, such as health and nutrition, proposed marketing restrictions on candy, sugar policy, global trade, food safety and labeling regulations. Our ability to address these issues directly impacts our industry’s collective ability to thrive and succeed in the marketplace.

Why should I contribute to the CandyPAC?

Supporting the CandyPAC is a direct and tangible method to ensure your voice is heard in Washington. If you are frustrated with ineffective policies and regulations that interfere with the success of your business, the CandyPAC is a key opportunity to advocate for change. Our Public Policy & Advocacy team and our public policy and PAC committees are committed to achieving common-sense improvements to the political and regulatory landscape affecting our industry. Your voluntary support is essential to meeting these goals.

Who will know if I make a contribution to the CandyPAC?

Contributors to the CandyPAC will be recognized at NCA’s State of the Industry Conference, Washington Forum and board meetings. Your exact contribution amount will remain confidential, but your category/level of contribution may be highlighted. If you contribute more than $200 in aggregate during a calendar year, your contribution amount, your name, address, occupation and employer must be reported by law to the Federal Election Commission. This report, along with other information regarding receipts and disbursements made by the CandyPAC, will be publicly available on the FEC’s website.

How does CandyPAC choose candidates to support?

NCA advocates broadly for the interests of the confectionery industry. CandyPAC donations are used to support political leaders who demonstrate pro-consumer and pro-business policy priorities, encourage economic growth, appreciate the need for sustainability in today’s business environment and value the important contributions that American manufacturers provide to the U.S. economy. The CandyPAC is entirely bipartisan and decisions to support candidates are based on the following criteria:

  • The candidate’s position on specific business and policy issues that have an impact on our industry.
  • The candidate’s overall support for the confectionery industry.
  • The candidate’s leadership and membership on key committees with jurisdiction over issues affecting the confectionery industry.
  • The candidate’s character, integrity and leadership abilities align with our industry’s core values.
  • The candidate’s position on general business issues.