PPAI Petitions President To Reconsider Promotional Products
President Obama will issue an Executive Order instructing all
Federal agencies and departments to limit spending on “non-essential items used
for promotional purposes, such as clothing, mugs, and
non-work related gadgets.”The limits on promotional spending are included in a
larger effort to reduce spending on federal employee travel, vehicles, printing
and technology by 20 percent.
Thanks to the diligent efforts of one industry member who has
embraced the PPAI grassroots program, PPAI was alerted that the Executive Order
was imminent late last week. PPAI President and CEO Paul Bellantone, CAE,
the President and said, “while it might be tempting to limit
the purchase of promotional products in order to yield some short-term savings,
in the long term, this prohibition may unintentionally diminish the good work
of Federal agencies. Time and again, promotional products have proven
themselves to be the most
to reach a very targeted audience in a tangible,
long-lasting and memorable manner.”In addition, the PPAI Advocacy team reached
out to the White House and small-business advocates within the government.
“While PPAI was not able to stop this order, we believe we were able to
mitigate the overall impact further demonstrating why the industry needs
grassroots participation to be effective,” says Bellantone. “We need to
sure we have members of Congress watching out for us.
“The government efforts against our industry are not coming
through traditional channels. Executive orders are written privately and
released—without public input or debate. We must have sentinels on every public
policy corner. This is the second time in the past two months that vigilant
members have given us critical insights and allowed us to preemptively respond
to threats. In both cases, those inside Washington acknowledged that they were
surprised we had found out about what they are doing.”PPAI thanks members who
are watching out for the industry and encourages everyone to join us in our
advocacy efforts. PPAI’s goal
is to ensure that promotional products are viewed in a positive light. The
Association will work diligently to achieve that goal.
CALL TO ACTION:
Have you ever sold promotional products to a
Federal department? If so, please contact PPAI immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org
and let us know. We will use your experience to demonstrate how promotional
products can be used to help government agencies succeed.
Look for more specific guidance on next steps to
guide your advocacy efforts throughout this week.