WASHINGTON, DC, Jan 6 — AMAC Action is the advocacy arm of the Association of Mature American Citizens. The affiliate is responsible for the execution of legislative strategies as they relate to the wants and needs of the Association’s 2.4 million members, working simultaneously in Washington, DC, and in state legislatures. Andy Mangione is AMAC Action’s Senior Vice President and he joined Rebecca Weber, the Association’s CEO, on the first 2023 episode of Weber’s Better For America podcast to explain how AMAC works to achieve the membership’s political and legislative goals.
For example, Mangione talked about the AMAC Action 2022 Call-To-Action campaign aimed at getting the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the anti-competitive business practices of pharmacy benefit managers. The goal of that effort, he said, was to “affect a 20% to 25% decrease across the board in prescription drug prices for every American, including those who use Medicare” by encouraging AMAC members to go online to the FTC’s website and post messages urging the Commission to take action. In less than three months more than 17,000 members left their messages and just about two weeks later the FTC announced that it “would investigate the business practices of the top six pharmacy benefit managers. This is important because these anti-competitive business practices have been proven to increase the cost of prescription drugs.”
Another issue of importance to AMAC’s members ever since the 2020 presidential election is election integrity, Mangione said. “When 2022 rolled around, we found ourselves in the midst of the midterm elections and the primary elections that were before the midterm elections. We mobilized our members to become poll watchers. We started in early January by recognizing national poll worker recruitment day.” He said the goal was to make it easy for members to sign up to work the polls. “We did this throughout 2022, right up until about a week before the election when people could still get credentialed to work the polls. We drove over 12,000 of our members to work the polls [using] election worker recruiting websites … both in the primary and in the midterm election. We did this in states throughout the country. In some states, they experienced a 90% capacity, meaning they had 90% of the positions filled in their precincts during the Georgia recount. Some precincts were reporting 100% coverage. Our members stood up and they got involved in the election process to prevent it from being co-opted by the left. This was a significant victory because we had conservative scrutiny on these elections probably for the first time.”
Mangione said that he, the president of AMAC Action, Bob Carlstrom, and Vice President Jennifer Bankston signed up to work the polls in their respective precincts. It was a huge commitment but so was it for our members who volunteered, he added.
And then there was the Disney debacle. The new management consisted of members of what some might call the “woke” generation– upstarts who were antithetical to the vision of the company’s founder, Walt Disney. It riled a lot of people, including AMAC members when they “decided to pick a fight with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis over parental rights legislation that a lot of people agreed with, particularly people who pay the freight for their families to go to Walt Disney World. And so back in April, when this debate was raging, we did our first foray into corporate advocacy. We asked our members to contact Disney’s chief executives and people on their board to let them know exactly what they thought of Disney school policies. Our members sent over 140,000 emails and telephone calls to these executives and board members to tell them what they thought of their policies, and that they weren’t supporting them. This was so effective that about two weeks after we launched our campaign, one of the Disney communications persons was fired. And then at the end, close to the end of this year, the Disney CEO was fired. Now, I’d like to think that our campaign has a little something to do with that and all the credit goes to AMAC members. They stood up. They made these calls. They sent these emails to the point where we were hearing from a Disney insider that they were overwhelmed and deluged with these calls and with these emails.”
Mangione concluded his remarks by noting that the biggest source of pride within the AMAC Action family is when its members become citizen activists, become involved, and volunteer. “They’re all volunteers who walk into their local congressional district office as a constituent first and an AMAC member second to articulate the same issues that we’re articulating in Washington, D.C. so we can have synergy on the local and national level … I have tremendous hope and I have tremendous confidence that America’s best days lay in front of her.”
I almost finished reading a book called “Rigged” by Mollie Z. Hemingway and published by Regnery. As you read it you will understand why we ALL MUST get involved in politics NOW!
Ron DeSantis is an extremist just like Donald Trump. They are hypocrites too because both are so corrupt.
John, go educate yourself. You’re obviously a liberal trolling this website.
AARP is a liberal organization, and does not reflect ANY of my values as a conservative older citizen.
I suspect you are an AARP member…. I feel sorry for you.
Well said Justin don’t think he knows
The difference between AMAC and AARP because he’s so “awake”….????
AMAC Family, Don’t Cast Your pearls Before AARP Swine….
They Have No Interest In America, Only Themselves….
The dude simply repeats the same old liberal drivel. Nothing new, same old ignorance.
To Rebecca Weber and Andy Mangione The AMAC Action advocacy victories are significant , and appreciated. Hope is a great thing to have , especially when it is generated by genuinely successful efforts to make life better , making needed improvements as you have made possible. The AMAC Action victories have provided that hope for a better future. Positive , noble ideas have a way of building a strong foundation , for other developments of a positive and noble nature. In the spirit of helping to defend the importance of Faith, Family and Freedom, that is the reason why AMAC is a great organization.
Well Done, Best Wishes , Courage and Happiness for you.
To John Grimaldi, Somehow I overlooked mentioning what a good article you wrote when sending the previous comment about the AMAC Action accomplishments. It happens sometimes, distraction . So , as I relayed to Rebecca Weber and Andy Mangione, Well done, Best wishes, Courage and Happiness for you for your well written article .
It’s a terrible article.
AMAC supports the 20 extremist obstructionists who tried to derail McCarthy.
John, did you get dropped on your head to many times as a child??? Or did you just take a lot of stupid pills?
John, I have read all your comments. You should find something more productive to do with your time.
John, it is disingenuous to call your fellow Americans “extremist obstructionists” just because you disagree with them. Democracy is strengthened when people have discussions and votes around varying opinions. We support them whether we agree with them or not.
Awesome comment loved it
Thank you for your message Shirley, I appreciate it.
Goodbye WOKE and goodbye Disney to both going BROKE.
You’re a hater of capitalism.
Amen! Walt Disney would “turn over in his grave” if he knew some of the changes the new owners of his company made when he passed!
Maby Disney will get back on track,and go back to a kids land like it was. Kyle L.
We need more “citizen activists”.
You’re an idiot.
Could AMAC put together an letter we can all sign to object to Disney’s woke-ness? People go for entertainment not their propeller heads political view
Yes, I would like something like that, too.
You aren’t the brightest bulb are you.
Thomas sucks. If you don’t like Disney, don’t go to Disney. You hate the free market.