Thank you for your interest in meeting with the Personal Insurance Federation of California.
PIFC is a non-partisan trade association comprised of six large property and casualty insurers who write the majority of home, auto, earthquake and flood insurance in California. While some of the companies write lines such as commercial property or workers compensation, PIFC only represents these companies in personal lines property and casualty insurance (auto, home, earthquake, flood insurance sold to individuals), thus avoiding many of the traditional business community battles with groups such as labor unions (both public and private) or environmentalists.
As a candidate for office, there are two distinct groups for you to meet. The first is the PIFC member companies. Typically these meetings are in the Sacramento office of PIFC. The second is the agents and employees who are politically active in your area. These meetings are typically in your community.
Local insurance agents and employees are organized through two separate political action committees. The Personal Insurance Federation Political Action Committee (“PIFPAC”) is comprised of State Farm and Allstate agents and employees. The Farmers Employees and Agents Political Action Committee (“FEAPAC”) is comprised of Farmers Insurance employees and agents. The contributions to both PIFPAC and FEAPAC are from individuals only, with no corporate dollars from Allstate, State Farm or Farmers. These PACs represent the voice and grassroots presence of individual and small business owner insurance professionals across the state.
The first step of the process is to start by reviewing the Priorities section to familiarize yourself with PIFC’s key issues. Next contact PIFC’s Political Department to arrange a face-to-face meeting in Sacramento by calling (916) 442-6646.
Following the meeting you will be provided with a list of the most active State Farm, Farmers and Allstate agents and employees in your district. Please take some time to meet with them and discuss your campaign. These agents are active in their community and a have a great pulse on the community and its needs. They also make great campaign volunteers, so do not be afraid to ask them to get involved.
PIFPAC and FEAPAC agents are also able to help with financial resources. After your meeting, encourage them to support your campaign and to contact their PIFPAC or FEAPAC representatives (Kelly Shaw at PIFPAC and Adama Iwu at FEAPAC).
In addition to meeting with insurance agents and employees, candidates will also be able to meet with representatives from the different member companies. These interviews will be about your stance on PIFC’s key priorities. This discussion will be approximately one half hour and will take place in PIFC’s conference room in Sacramento. These discussions are typically in depth on issues that are outlined in the Priorities section. If you have questions that prevent you from developing a position on these issues, we recommend you not attend a member company meeting until you have an opportunity to speak informally with one of our staff, an agent or an employee who can walk you through the issues until you are comfortable.
Candidate endorsements and other related decisions typically do not occur until a candidate has met with agents and/or employees locally and member company representatives in Sacramento.
If you have any further questions about any of this process, please contact PIFC’s Political Department at (916) 442-6646.