What is GIPAC?

The Green Industry Political Action Committee (GIPAC) was created for the purpose of soliciting and contributing voluntary funds to candidates for state and federal elective offices who are supportive of the Illinois nursery and landscape industry, in addition to cultivating legislative initiatives, public policy programs and advocacy efforts. Your generous support will help sustain the viability of the PAC and ensure that we continue to have a strong voice in both Washington and Springfield on critical matters.

Peter Orum

There are many good reasons for having a trade organization. In this day and age, the most important reason must be to protect the trade from the increasing government over-reach of regulations. From IRS and Immigration to OSHA and EPA (and acronyms we don’t even know)!

These agencies are issuing directives that have the Power of Law. Many of these directives would not have a chance to become law if they had to go through a Statehouse or Congress. We must be alert to what is going on in our State Capital (and in Washington, D.C.) and work on rules and regulations and bills before they come out and are finalized.

Most agencies barely know we exist and they don’t understand or care much about us. We must fight for our livelihoods and futures - nobody else will!  We must come up with the funds to hire the right people to work for us in Springfield and Washington and make alliances with like-minded organizations. It is up to us to save ourselves.     - Peter Orum, Midwest Groundcovers, LLC

 Ann Tosovsky Testimonial

GIPAC is an important tool for the entire green industry, and it's needed now more than ever, as our industry is increasingly under attack by government regulators, policy makers and lawmakers.  

We must be able to support those who support us, so that our industry and the many small businesses throughout Illinois that make up our industry remain viable now and in the future.

Scott McAdam Testimonial

Together we are more informed, more engaged, more effective! 

By participating in GIPAC, you are part of a grassroots network where a more informed and engaged membership has the collective ability to influence legislation, regulation and policy issues that will determine the future of our industry and your business.

For more information about the GIPAC fund, contact IGIA Executive Director, Kellie Schmidt, at 217.546.4733 or

A copy of our report filed with the State Board of Elections is available on the Board's official website or for purchase from the State Board of Elections, Springfield, IL.  

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