Government Relations


About Plastics Politics

Plastics are unfairly portrayed in most media stories, which has lead to a bias that is not supported by real data. It is time that we take the facts about plastics directly to legislators, regulators, key decision makers and government agencies. IAPD members are uniquely qualified to educate this audience about the many benefits of plastics.

Lawmakers care about job creation and they want to create relationships with businesses in their respective districts. Each IAPD member company, plant, location or branch represents a small business. Whether you are a national, international or local company, each of your locations represents a distinct business. Legislators want to hear from you — you are job creators and you may be the key to a particular legislator’s district.

Let’s tell the facts about plastics, our members, our industry and our association. We are plastics, we are IAPD and we have a voice. Let’s use it!

IAPD's Priorities

The IAPD Government Relations Committee has identified the following priorities for 2015. The intention is to remain focused on our goals while remaining nimble enough to react as the fluid environment of government dictates.

  • Profile Development, that is, establishing IAPD's credibility, using and creating strategic opportunities to enhance our reputation with Congress and the Administration.
  • The reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and the risks that may impact IAPD members.
  • Advocate for "Sound Science" based testing.
  • Defend against Environmental Regulatory Overreach.
  • Advocate for our industry's interests in Business Tax Reform.
  • Battle against those promoting the deselection of plastics in government contracting.



Profile Development

An ongoing series of activities contribute to IAPD's profile development. These may include policy development, issue expertise, coalitions, Hill testimony and others, all orchestrated to establish IAPD as a thoughtful, serious and credible player for lawmakers and their staffs. Efforts include:

  • Message and materials development.
  • Coalition building with similar associations such as the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors, SPI - The Plastics Industry Trade Association, The National Association of Manufacturers and the American Chemistry Council.
  • Fly-ins to Washington, D.C.
  • Visits by Members of Congress to IAPD member facilities, in order to develop personal relationships with the job creators in our membership.

 Data Identification

A critical piece of our profile development effort is to produce an accurate story whose impact will be critical to the strength IAPD will have in Washington. As such, IAPD will start by collecting industry job data in order to show our industry's economic impact, including:

  • Job creation, number of employees, new hires, longevity/retention and opportunity for new job development, including a breakdown by the stock shapes and pipe, valves and fittings (PVF) distributors, manufacturers and fabricators.
  • Members' existing relationships with federal and state legislators and other political leaders.
  • Projected economic impact of our members on a Congressional District and state-by-state basis.



Grassroots Education and Development

IAPD's most important asset is our members, with their dynamic leadership, strong employee base and demographic diversity. In 2014, IAPD started educating our members on the importance their engagement will have and worked to provide them with the information, skills and incentive to engage. In 2015, we will continue this effort through our data identification efforts coupled with our grassroots infrastructure plan that will include:

  • Training IAPD members to become advocates for their own businesses.
  • Helping IAPD members develop relationships with their legislators.
  • Demystifying government relations and overcoming perceptions about any difficulty of engagement in grassroots efforts by preparing members on the etiquette, how to tell their stories and getting the "ask" when meeting with legislators.
  • Developing talking points on key issues vital to our niche of the plastics industry to use when meeting with, crafting letters to and identifying opportunities to work with their legislators.

IAPD Plastics Political Action Committee (PAC)

The more that IAPD and its members engage with our elected leaders, the greater the target we become for solicitation of campaign contributions. We believe that we should support our elected leaders who share our values. Therefore, IAPD has established the IAPD Plastics PAC, which supports the Members of Congress who defend our best interests in Washington, provides IAPD members opportunities to education Members of Congress on the realities of our industry and counters the messages delivered by PACs formed by groups supporting other materials, such as metals, wood and glass.



Find out more about the IAPD Plastics PAC

Find out about the 2016 IAPD Fly-In on June 21-22!


Section 179 Letter
​2015 Pass Through Principles Letter
2013 Pass Through Principles Letter
2011 Pass Through Principles Letter
All About IAPD - GR Edition

Recycling Infographic

IAPD LEED Response

Press Releases

May 2014

September 2013

July 2013


Events: Plastics Industry Fly-In June 21-22, 2016 in Washington, D.C.

This industry-wide event will bring together the collective voices of nine plastics industry trade associations. In 2014, the plastics industry participated in over 90 meetings with Members of Congress. Join us as we once again educate lawmakers about the critical issues and unique contributions of the 900,000-member strong American plastics industry.

Click here for more information and to register

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Government Relations Contacts

The IAPD Government Relations Committee is supported by a chair and vice chair position as well as eight committee members. 

IAPD D.C. Contact


Ari Storch

Phone: (202) 498-1425

Alliance Organizations