WASHINGTON, Dec. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In the wake of a successful 2014 election that saw record engagement and outreach by the business community, former U.S. Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Gregory S. Casey announced today that after 15 years as President and CEO of the Business-Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC) he will step down from that position on June 30th. This lengthy transition period will allow for sufficient time to identify new leadership and help them prepare for the critical 2016 election.
"It has been a honor to serve as BIPAC's President and CEO, and I am incredibly proud of our team's accomplishments over the years that led to a record engagement effort this November. From state houses to the U.S. Senate, the business community helped to educate and motivate voters that will translate into stronger and more effective governance in the weeks and months ahead," Casey said today.
"The key now will be to sustain these victories heading into 2016. Our team is already hard at work to strengthen our products and technologies, based on our members' feedback, and BIPAC looks forward to unveiling them next year. But after 15 years as BIPAC's President, and with my wife Julia retiring after 24 years on Capitol Hill, this is as good a time as ever to hand over the reins to new leadership," Casey said.
"I want to thank our board, past and present, the wonderful members and the exceptional leadership I have been blessed to work with, for making these years at BIPAC both rewarding and effective. I believe the current team at BIPAC is the most capable we have had since I arrived in 1999 and I have every confidence the best years for this organization still lie ahead. I look forward to assisting with the transition over the next six months and continuing to build on our tremendous success in 2014," Casey concluded.
Over the last 14 years, BIPAC identified the overwhelming credibility of employers as an information source and perfected the strategies and tools to deliver employer-to-employee messages. BIPAC's focus on building employer advocacy muscle from the ground up, business by business, group by group, state by state, was evident in the outcomes of the 2014 elections and a testament to how far the organization has come:
- 31% of voters heard from their employer about policies and politics effecting their workplace, the highest ever, and a vast improvement over the roughly 5% when we started.
- 31% also viewed their employer as THE most credible source of information on "political issues and elections that directly affect or affected your job, company and industry. " Employer credibility now eclipses both political parties combined for the first time ever.
Since BIPAC created the Prosperity Project (P2) in 2000 under Casey's leadership, it has:
- Downloaded 12.6 million voter forms (voter registrations, early ballot requests, etc.),
- Sent 883 million messages to employee voters,
- Delivered just short of 10 million employee messages to policy makers since we began using P2 for such communication in 2003, 3.7 million of which occurred this election cycle alone,
- Grown from 50 P2 participating associations and companies in 2000 to over 7,300 in 2014, and
- Expanded from 9 state-deployment partners in 2004 to 70 specific partners in 47 states.
Casey also leaves a solid foundation for BIPAC's next leader ahead of 2016:
- Business political action committees using BIPAC services made approximately $80 million in candidate contributions this cycle,
- 80+ % of BIPAC Action Fund endorsed candidates won their elections,
- BIPAC membership revenues almost doubled from 2000 to 2006 and then doubled again from 2006 to 2013, and
- BIPAC will begin 2015 with a reserve as large as any it has ever had before.
The Honorable Gregory S. Casey is the fourth president of the Business-Industry Political Action Committee. Casey succeeded Robert L. Humphrey (1963-1975), Joseph J. Fanelli (1975-1993), and Charles S. Mack (1993-1999).
"Greg Casey has become synonymous in Washington with political respect and foresight as he steered BIPAC into a realm it had never reached before," said BIPAC Board Member Robert Healy.
Members of the BIPAC Board of Directors are available for comment. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 776-7468 or email@example.com or (202) 567-1515 to schedule a call with BIPAC's board leadership.
Since 1963, BIPAC has guided business through the political process. Today, BIPAC functions as the engine behind America's largest grassroots business network ensuring when business votes, business wins. Learn more at: http://www.bipac.org
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