When did the Association of Mature American Citizens form?
The idea behind The Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC, pronounced “A-MACK”) began in 2006. AMAC was officially launched in 2007.
Who founded AMAC, and why?
Dan Weber, a family business owner in New York, founded AMAC because he felt the other major 50+ organizations were too liberal and did not represent his views. Rather than do nothing, Weber decided to begin his own organization. AMAC is a conservative, non-partisan organization with the goal of representing those whose core beliefs are not represented by other major 50+ organizations.
How is AMAC funded?
The vast majority of the costs involved with creating and running AMAC have been funded by AMAC’s founder, Dan Weber. Additional sources of income include membership fees and income from companies advertising in AMAC Advantage, the Official Magazine of The Association of Mature American Citizens. As new members join, the income generated from membership fees are invested right back into AMAC.
How has AMAC been active?
One of the biggest differences between AMAC and other senior-focused organizations is our approach to advocacy. AMAC is a member-driven organization, and this simply means that the issues to which we direct our attention are chosen and prioritized on the basis of direct input from our members. This approach results in an advocacy agenda that is directly responsive to AMAC members’ priorities and concerns… one that ensures that legislators on Capitol Hill and leaders in the Administration hear us. There is no filtering, no application of corporate influence, and no board-directed posturing in the setting of our priorities.
AMAC has a full-time presence in Washington, DC and as our membership grows, so does our impact on the issues. Numerous congressional offices have solicited AMAC’s input and support on issues ranging from healthcare to tax reform to Social Security. We go directly to them – the Members of Congress and their staffs — and we do not hesitate to take the lead in advancing platforms for legislative action. Examples of this approach is our work on a proposal to ensure the long-term viability of Social Security without increasing taxes and to restore the strength and vitality of our nation’s market-based healthcare system. Our time on Capitol Hill has resulted in solid relationships with legislators, giving AMAC and its members a viable presence in the debate on issues that matter to mature Americans.
As a benefit of membership, AMAC members wishing to become more active conservative advocates in their respective Congressional Districts and States, AMAC Action provides that vehicle for them to volunteer and actively engage in the national grassroots advocacy program. AMAC Action supports and assists its volunteers to engage on the issues through such actions as meeting with Members of Congress and their staff in Congressional District offices, as well as hosting “Meet & Greets” with them – both in person prior to the pandemic and now “virtual” using internet tools. The volunteer leaders have access to a wide range of resource materials – backgrounders, issue summaries, recommended solutions in the form of “leave-behinds,” and talking points.
AMAC Ambassador Program
AMAC welcomes members to volunteer to spread the word about who we are and what we stand for. If you cherish our freedoms as guaranteed by the US Constitution and believe these freedoms are being threatened by the march of progressivism and special interest groups, consider becoming an Ambassador and spread the word that AMAC is a genuine and active conservative alternative for Americans 50 years of age and older. The Ambassadors talk to family, friends, and neighbors about joining AMAC and help them to enroll. Ambassadors are encouraged to recruit members among their church groups, civic groups, Veteran’s organizations, senior centers, Conservative clubs, and other social groups.
How old must I be to become a member?
AMAC was developed for the 50+ population, and our efforts are geared towards this group. However, AMAC believes that the issues facing the 50+ population should be of concern to everyone. Those under the age of 50 who wish to join may do so as associate members. Associate members will still be able to enjoy many of the benefits that our 50+ members enjoy!
Does my annual or multi-year membership fee include my spouse?
Yes, your annual membership dues include membership for both you and your spouse. Husband and wife need only purchase one membership. Be sure to enter your spouse’s name in the appropriate area of our online or printed enrollment forms.
Are you being compensated for offering insurance programs to your members? If so, what makes you any different than AARP?
AMAC does receive compensation when an AMAC member chooses their insurance coverage through one of our affiliated Insurance Carriers. AMAC’s ability to operate and advocate for its membership is, in part, made possible by this compensation.
The sales representative discussing the plan options with you is either employed or contracted by a Medicare Health Plan Carrier, Prescription Drug Plan Provider, or Insurance Carrier that is not the Federal Government, and they may be compensated based on your enrollment in a plan.
AMAC was founded to provide conservative Americans with an alternative to AARP. While we strive to provide quality discounted products and services to our valued members, our core purpose is to advocate for Americans aged 50+ on issues of extreme importance such as; Social Security, Taxes, Growth in Government, Medical Care, National Debt, and Immigration.