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The Washington Education Fund (WEF)

Farewell to the AED Washington Education Fund

The Board of Directors of the AED Washington Education Fund (AED WEF) voted on Dec. 9 to shut down the organization and transfer all assets to AED to be used solely for government affairs advocacy purposes.

For several decades, the WEF and its predecessors, the AED Political Education Fund, collected contributions from distributors and manufacturers to support lobbying coalitions, AED's grassroots development, and other Washington-related activities. However, as government affairs has surged to the top of the AED value proposition, the Board of Directors determined that it made more sense to bring all advocacy expenses into the main AED budget. In addition to more transparency and efficiency gains from not having to run a separate legal entity and engage in separate fundraising activities, the end of the WEF will help eliminate confusion between that entity and the AED Political Action Committee, the association's political arm.

We thank the scores of AED members that contributed to the WEF over the years. Your contributions helped make AED one of the nation's foremost construction advocacy organizations in the nation. We're confident that our new, simplified government affairs structure will allow us to be even more successful on your behalf in the years ahead.