Amplifying Our Voice in Washington, D.C.

ALPA-PAC Takes Off

In 1976, Capt. J.J. O’Donnell, ALPA’s president, established ALPA-PAC, the Association’s Political Action Committee. He knew that for pilots to be influential in Washington, D.C., they needed a strong political voice. With the PAC, U.S. ALPA members would be able to pool their resources to educate decision-makers about the priorities important to them and the realities of flying the line.

The J.J. O’Donnell Trophy for Excellence in Political Action recognizes the pilot group that led the Association in contributions and commitment to ALPA-PAC over the past year. The trophy was awarded to the Hawaiian Airlines pilots for 2018.

ALPA-PAC Contributions

ALPA’s Political Action Committee takes voluntary contributions from member pilots and combines them into one big pot of political influence. In its first year of existence, ALPA-PAC raised $91,000. In the previous election cycle, ALPA-PAC raised more than $4.6 million from more than 12,000 pilots. ALPA-PAC is a political force to be reckoned with.

18 Master Executive Councils had 100% officer participation in 2018:

Air Transport International • Air Wisconsin • Alaska • CommutAir • Compass • Delta • Endeavor Air • ExpressJet • FedEx Express • Frontier • Hawaiian • JetBlue • Kalitta Air • Mesa • Piedmont • Sun Country • United • Virgin America

New Members of Congress

Our strong political voice is more important than ever. There are 111 new Members of Congress, and many are unaware of the issues that matter to pilots, including fatigue rules, secondary cockpit barriers, the Federal Flight Deck Officer program, hardened cockpit doors, ASAP and HIMS, flags of convenience, the Essential Air Service program, ME3, and tax hikes on health insurance. ALPA-PAC can help inform decision-makers about these important issues and how they affect airline pilots.

Most Bipartisan PAC

Our PAC is the most bipartisan labor PAC in Washington, D.C. We don’t care if a candidate is Republican, Democrat, Independent, Libertarian, Green, Whig, Know-Nothing, Federalist, or anything in between. What we care about is whether a candidate supports pilots.

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Disclaimer: The descriptions of the Air Line Pilots Association PAC are not a solicitation to contribute to the PAC. Only ALPA members, ALPA executives, senior administrative and professional staff personnel, and their immediate family members living in the same household are eligible to contribute to ALPA-PAC. ALPA-PAC maintains and enforces a policy of refusing to accept contributions from any other source. ALPA members may learn more about ALPA-PAC and about contributing to ALPA-PAC by entering the members-only portion of

This article was originally published in the June 2019 issue of Air Line Pilot.

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