Grassroots – How Is Yours Growing?

Mark Campanale Government Relations Updates

by Fran Bishop, NPA Government Relations Liaison


Have you sewn new seed and fertilized existing plants? 

If not, a recent article entitled “The Great Resignation Hits State Legislative Chambers” spells out many reasons why there is no time like the present to get on the ball.      

But, there is no better message than the email my friend and longtime NPA Member from Illinois, Bob McCullough, sent out this week. Bob’s subject line is “Having a Seat at the Table” and is addressed to pawnbrokers:

“For years, the pawn industry has fought to be heard in Washington DC and our home states. For the past 12 to 15 years, I have spent countless hours, as have many others, to build relationships with our representatives in the US House and Senate along with the IL state legislators.

This year, I have spent a lot of time and money to get to know some of the new candidates running in Illinois. Over the past several months, I have gotten to know a few of these on a very personal note. While this may not seem important, I know that should any of these win the primary, go on to the November general election and win, we, the pawn industry, have an open seat at the table.

While I would never tell anyone how to vote, I would like each of you to consider what joining together can do for the future.” ……” Please take the time to vote. Please get involved as soon as this primary is over, to support those that support pawn, so you have time to build one-on-one face time with them before the general election. This could potentially set them up for a win, while giving us a few more seats at the table.

Feel free to share this with anyone you know and especially the IL pawnbrokers and their staffs. Together we can make a difference and protect our future.”

There was a great deal of Illinois specific information Bob wrote that I did not repeat here, but if you contact him directly, he will gladly share it with you.

I never tire of saying “Be Like Bob!” 

Click here for the article: “The Great Resignation Hits State Legislative Chambers”

~ Fran Bishop