AHC to hold national issues forum

THE AMERICAN HORSE COUNCIL (AHC) will host its 2008 National Issues Forum June 16-18 at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

The general session on Tuesday, June 17, will feature sessions designed to educate horse organization leaders and individuals as to how they can be actively and effectively involved in the 2008 election process. Speakers include:

* Jeff Glassie, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman law firm, on “What’s an Organization to do–IRS/FEC Limits”;
* J. Scott Jennings, senior strategist at Peritus Public Relations, discussing “Getting in on the Ground Floor–Opportunities Elections Provide”; and
* Gregory M. Cohen, president and CEO of the American Highway Users Alliance, and Derrick Crandall, president of the American Recreation Coalition, addressing “Developing/Delivering the Message to Candidates.”

In addition, Congressman Ben Chandler (D-KY) and Congressman Cliff Stearns (R-FL), co-chairs of the Congressional Horse Caucus, have been invited to discuss the industry’s involvement in the elections.

In the afternoon, speakers from the AHC will provide an update on national issues affecting the horse industry and urge participants to make appointments to visit with their elected officials. Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday have been set aside for these Congressional visits.

A forum on unwanted horses has also been scheduled at the USDA from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 18. There is no admission fee for this forum. To register, contact Marsha Stephens Hurd at mhurd@csrees.usda.gov.

More information about the 2008 National Issues Forum, including registration forms and schedules, can be found on the AHC Web site or by calling the AHC offices at 202/296-4031.

Source: Edited Press Release

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