Frequently Asked Questions

PMAA established the Marketer Defense Fund (MDF) as a method to obtain corporate donations for priority projects. The MDF Program is different from PMAA’s Small Business Committee PAC and is designed to supplement PMAA’s lobbying budget to cover priority projects.  This fund has already effectively defeated regulatory initiatives such as pro­posed requirements to place the point of compliance for fuel quality at the retailer, force a 10-micron diesel filter mandate as well as a costly wetlines retrofit and automatic temperature compen­sation (ATC) at retail.Through the MDF, marketers have saved roughly $1.3 billion — that’s $162,500 for each PMAA company.

 “ The Marketer Defense Fund is integral to PMAA’s successful defense of petroleum marketers’ interests. These funds are used to support special research and the costs associated with defending our interests at the many legislative and regulatory hearings and meetings. In this time of tremendous regulatory burden, it is vital that we join together. We all need to step up and help; each dollar spent today will return itself to you many times over in savings. Help us help you.”

Sharon Peterson
PMAA Chair 2019
Apple Oil Company, West Haven, Connecticut

 A marketer can make corporate contributions by check or credit card to this program and there is no limit on the amount of contribution. All of the money is used to support PMAA lobbying goals.

Are contributions to either the MDF deductible?

In 1993, Congress passed a law advising any money used for lobbying was not deductible for income tax purposes. Your donation is tax deductible as a business expense but not as charitable giving.

For additional questions, please contact Susan Isard at (703) 351-8000 today.

PMAA Marketer Defense Fund (MDF) Contribution Amount:

$2,675: $5 for each member of Congress
$2,140: $4 for each member of Congress
$1,605: $3 for each member of Congress
$1,070: $2 for each member of Congress
$535: $1 for each member of Congress

Together we can make a difference in Washington, DC through the Marketers Defense Fund. Consider joining our effort to make our industry the best it can be!