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Help The MCAA Bribe A Member of Congress


The Messenger Courier Association of the Americas(MCAA) was formed in 1987 in response to IRS audits over the misclassification of employees as independent contractors. Before 1987 courier companies could do whatever they wanted.

MCAA, president Rob Slack remembers "the good old days. We were able to use independent contractors as long as there was a valid contract and the driver had some flexibility, you were good to go.”

And that's exactly what courier companies did. They wrote a contract that employees were forced to sign in order to keep their jobs. Like magic, poof, all their employees were gone! No more payroll taxes. No more workers compensation payments. And no more pesky employment standards.

But today as more governments want companies to properly classify employees, the MCAA is fighting back. Mr Slack boasts that courier company owners want the MCAA "to do whatever we can to preserve [their] status."

"Whatever we can" may include bribing members of congress to support it and champion the MCAA's pet cause.

On January 23, 2008, in the MCAA's weekly "government affairs update,"  the association of company owners announced its "Independent Contractor Summit" which consists of "educational sessions with outside speakers, closed-door discussions amongst MCAA members, and meetings on Capitol Hill with Members of Congress."

On the night before the summit the MCAA

"will hold a congressional reception at the Madison Hotel . We are in the process of locating a Member of Congress who will spearhead our efforts and serve as our champion."

The courier company owners have pre-determined that they will have to pay their champion a fee of about $10,000 to support their cause and they can't move forward unless they have pledges for this persuasive fee in advance.
The MCAA is asking for donations not for the event, but to the campaign of whatever member of congress can be bought for $10K. Later they will tell those who pledged whose campaign they must donate to.

We will be asking that attendees to the congressional reception consider making a campaign donation and we have a goal of raising $10,000 for the event. For us to move forward with this we need to know if we stand a reasonably good chance to obtaining our financial goal. Any donations to a congressional campaign must be done by individuals not companies and the limit is $2,300 per individual.
Please email MCAA Executive Director, Bob DeCaprio, at if you can contribute directly to the congressional campaign of our identified champion.




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