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ALEXANDRIA, Va. Bolstering its political clout on Capitol Hill, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores has hired lobbying veteran J. Anne Foley as its new director of political affairs. Foley will lead NACDS' proactive political programs, including the bipartisan NACDS Political Action Committee, or NACDS-PAC, which supports the U.S. congressional campaigns of pro-pharmacy members of Congress and candidates.
Foley comes to NACDS from the Credit Union National Association, where she managed its political programs. She also has worked for the National Mining Association in government and political affairs.
At NACDS, Foley will report to Paul Kelly, VP federal affairs. Among her prime objectives: boosting the organization’s fundraising abilities through its PAC, finding new opportunities for NACDS-PAC to work with other endeavors at NACDS and helping to raise the association’s political visibility at the federal and state levels.
“Anne’s expertise in managing political programs, as well as her political advocacy and fundraising experience, will help to further engage NACDS members politically to achieve pro-patient, pro-pharmacy policies,” said NACDS president and CEO Steven Anderson. He added that the group “is committed to building on the remarkable momentum of NACDS-PAC, which set its new fundraising record in 2009 – a solid accomplishment in a nonelection year."
“With 30% of contributions from new participants, the growth and future potential of NACDS-PAC is strong,” Anderson added. He also hinted that more news from NACDS’ political front will come soon, noting, “We look forward to making another announcement regarding NACDS’ political engagement during the upcoming NACDS Pharmacy and Technology Conference, Aug. 28-31.”