Legal Action Fund
TRALA 2018 Legal Action Fund CampaignI hope you will consider making a corporate contribution to TRALA’s 2018 Legal Action Fund (LAF) today. TRALA needs your help to ensure that it has the necessary resources ready when and where they are needed to promote and protect our industry in Congress, the statehouses, and in courts of law. TRALA’s efforts on the legislative, regulatory, and legal fronts have saved the truck renting and leasing industry literally billions of dollars over the past 40 years and we need your help once again.
TRALA’s ability to gain a 90-day waiver from the ELD Mandate was extremely helpful for companies that rent short-term commercial vehicles, but that waiver expired on April, 19th. Currently TRALA is awaiting a decision from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) on a new petition requesting an exemption from the ELD mandate through the end of 2018 for short-term rentals. Given the effort TRALA members have put forth to equip their fleets with ELDs and become fully compliant with the mandate, TRALA is hopeful that FMCSA will act quickly to grant this final exemption soon.
Last year, TRALA’s LAF was essential in giving TRALA the resources necessary to hire one of the pre-eminent tax lobbyists in Washington D.C., Ken Kies. TRALA and Ken worked to preserve interest deductibility and allow companies the ability to expense 100% of equipment purchases upfront. Because these two provisions were not made permanent, and because TRALA is still under contract with Ken Kies through the first half of 2018, TRALA will need the help of the LAF again this year.
The LAF is also necessary in order to fund TRALA’s amicus briefs – two of which have already been submitted earlier this year. TRALA has written an amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court in the Ortega v. J.B. Hunt case, which if taken up by the Supreme Court, could eliminate once and for all the ability of states to supersede federal law with respect to meal and rest breaks. TRALA has also filed an amicus brief with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in the case of Velox Express v. Jennie Edge. This case concerns whether the misclassification of independent contractors is considered a violation of the National Labor Relations Act.
Collectively, TRALA saved the industry tens of millions of dollars over the past year, but we still have more work to do. Please consider making a corporate contribution today to the 2018 Legal Action Fund to support our industry! You may contribute online by following the link below or you may mail in a contribution (please make the check payable to Truck Renting and Leasing Association) to the following address:
675 North Washington Street, Suite #410
Alexandria, VA 22314
TRALA President and CEO
How can I contribute?Please click here to access TRALA's secure credit card contribution page.
Suggested Contribution Amounts
Below $50 Million: $750
$50 Million to $200 Million: $1,500
$200 Million to $500 Million: $2,000
$500 Million and Above: $2,500
This payment is deductible for most members as a business expense. However, TRALA estimates that 28% of the dues payment is not deductible as a business expense because of the lobbying activities TRALA does on behalf of its members. TRALA Federal Employer Identification #52-1122114. If you have any questions, please contact TRALA's Andrew Stasiowski at (703) 299-9120.