“Money is the mother’s milk of politics” and the VGEA recognizes this truism. It does not buy votes but it does improve access. The VGEA recognized this in 2005 when it formed the VGEA Political Action Committee (GEPAC) for the purpose of making financial contributions to political candidates seeking office in the General Assembly or the offices of Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General.
Each year the VGEA Board of Directors approves a total amount of funds to be spent through GEPAC. These funds are then distributed to candidates at fundraising events throughout the year. GEPAC is non-partisan and its targeted legislative contributions are made based on incumbency (GEPAC only contributes to incumbents), leadership role within the body (House, Senate) Committee importance (with the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees considered most important), subcommittee assignment (certain subcommittees handle all matters related to State employee and retiree issues) and finally, seniority. Contributions to candidates for statewide office are made equitably.
A complete record of GEPAC contributions can be found at the website:
This organization (VGEA) provides highest quality support for active and retired public employees…Dan Moon
VGEA is our Voice in Richmond!Judy Franklin
VGEA is Your Connection that has the strength of numbers and influence to demand that our issues are addressed.April Mela
I’m impressed with the VGEA’s General Assembly accomplishments, particularly in the last few years.Terry Alfred
Thank you, VGEA, for all you do for State employees. Your effort and dedication are much appreciated.Jayne Fanshaw, Longwood University
VGEA is wonderful and has our best interests at heart…it is truly the voice of the people.Joan Stromberg, ABC
Thank you, (VGEA) you do a great job representing us!Karen Poff
Unlike other organizations I’ve been a member of, VGEA really does what is promised and more. Keeps me up-to-date, helps me know what is really going on and how I can show my commitment.Carolyn Bethea
The cellphone discounts I’ve gotten through VGEA have probably been enough to pay my association dues for the rest of my life!L.F., Department of Corrections
“I saved $200 this year just by changing to Liberty Mutual for car insurance. That’s how much the VGEA insurance discount was – twice my dues!”J. L. Stone