American Hotel and Lodging Association
The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) is a U.S.-based trade group that represents the lodging industry, which includes chain and independent hotels, real estate investment trusts (REITs), and companies that manage and supply the lodging industry. AHLA is based in Washington, D.C. and is connected with a network of state-level associations across the U.S. AHLA has become a powerful force lobbying against higher wages and greater health care coverage for its workers, and in 2014 filed a lawsuit against Los Angeles law to raise the wage for hotel workers to $15.37. AHLA's board includes members from major hotel and resort companies, including Omni, IHG, Wyndham International, Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, Carlson, and others.
AHLA's organization developed and rolled out a new brand strategy from 2012-2014, including a new "operating model" that foregrounds AHLA's "advocacy" efforts in lawmaking. Its stated mission is "[t]o serve the lodging industry by providing representation at the national level in governmental affairs, education, research, communications, diversity, and value-added services."
- 1 Controversies
- 1.1 ALEC & ACCE Promote Aggressive Dual-Track Strategy in "New Battle Ground" of Wages
- 1.2 AHLA Fights "Extreme Wages" with Lawsuit in L.A. and Astroturf Group in San Diego
- 1.3 Spinning Minimum Wage Increases as "Extreme Wages"
- 1.4 PR Materials Tout "High-Paying Jobs" But Fine Print Says Otherwise
- 1.5 "Top Priorities"
- 2 Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council
- 3 Political Influence
- 4 Personnel
- 5 References
ALEC & ACCE Promote Aggressive Dual-Track Strategy in "New Battle Ground" of Wages
A representative from AHLA, Brian Crawford, was one of the lobbyists instructing local officials at a closed-door workshop on "Local Minimum Wage" at the first meeting of the American City County Exchange, the local offshoot of the American Legislative Exchange Council. That meeting also included a workshop titled "Local Minimum Wage: a defense for small business and their employees."
The Guardian reported that ACCE and ALEC have "launched an aggressive dual-track mission that combines legislation and litigation in what ALEC calls a 'new battleground' over worker compensation.... Cara Sullivan, who heads ALEC’s commerce, insurance and economic development task force, told the meeting that corporate America was facing an 'onslaught' of bids to raise the minimum wage at all levels of government. 'Perhaps the biggest threat comes from the local level. We are seeing a number of localities that have increased their minimum wage,' she said, according to the accounts."
While ALEC seeks to preempt minimum wage and living wage provisions at the local level, ACCE "seeks to play the same role with blanketing laws at the city and county level," according to The Guardian. "Heightening the concern among rightwing groups is the sense that they are losing the argument."
At the ACCE meeting, Crawford "urged conservatives to launch populist campaigns against wage increases by adopting the mantra that higher pay hurts ordinary Americans. It was crucial, he said at the meeting, to have 'the right face, and that's one of the things we’re focusing on… Not the Hyatts, not the Hiltons, not the Marriotts, but the small business people, telling their story about the American Dream -- the independently owned Holiday Inn, owned by an Asian-American who came to this country, put all their life-savings into it, and now they’re going to lose this business because they can’t afford a $15 wage.... The key component is the PR.'"
Crawford also reportedly "likened the conservative battle against city wage increases to a game of Whack-a-Mole: 'We’re trying to beat them down when they pop up.'"
AHLA Fights "Extreme Wages" with Lawsuit in L.A. and Astroturf Group in San Diego
On December 16, 2014 AHLA and the Asian-American Hotel Owners Association filed a lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles in an attempt to block a 2014 city ordinance that raised wages for workers at large hotels. As described by the L.A. Times, the suit "contends that the City Council's decision to impose a $15.37 per hour minimum wage is preempted by federal labor law and therefore unenforceable." The Center for Media and Democracy reported that the two groups "argue in the lawsuit that the city has created an 'insidious mechanism that improperly aids the Hotel Workers’ Union,'" and pointed out a similar suit in Seattle by the International Franchise Association.
Also in 2014 a group campaigning against a minimum wage increase in San Diego, the San Diego Small Business Association, turned out to be bankrolled by industry groups like AHLA, which contributed $100,000, and the International Franchise Association, which contributed an additional $25,000. While the front group gathered enough signatures to postpone the hike and put the question on the 2016 ballot, its campaign used questionable tactics, with multiple local petitioners caught on tape saying that the petition was actually for a minimum wage hike.
Spinning Minimum Wage Increases as "Extreme Wages"
Despite its claims that most industry workers are already paid above minimum wage (see below), AHLA actively campaigns against raising it, referring to current minimum wage campaigns as "extreme wage initiatives." The term appears to have been coined by the hotel industry, as the Center for Media and Democracy reported. In an early instance, the AHLA announced in January 2014 that it would “beat back the growing emergence of extreme minimum and living wage initiatives” nationwide. As part of this strategy, AHLA also commissioned John W. O’Neill with the School of Hospitality Management at Penn State to conduct a “study” on the effects of “extreme wage initiatives” on the hotel industry. Not only did they fund the research, they also instructed the former hotel executive to use the word “extreme.”
O'Neill's report, issued in June 2014, argued, "Extreme minimum wage rates would not only decrease employment, but also decrease opportunities for upward mobility in the hospitality industry." O'Neill completed a program at the AHLA Educational Institute in 1998 making him an AHLA "Certified Hospitality Educator" and has worked in upper management for Marriott Corporation and Holiday Inn International and as a consultant for the industry with Laventhol & Horwath and Coopers & Lybrand. O'Neill regularly writes for industry magazines like Lodging Hospitality and Hotel News Now.
PR Materials Tout "High-Paying Jobs" But Fine Print Says Otherwise
In its rebranding materials, AHLA touted its members' commitments to the "communities and small businesses we grow" and the "dreams realized" by people employed by the industry, even calling the industry "the American dream exemplar, with broad opportunity, ample education and certification, professional advancement, and pathways to ownership."
AHLA claims that "[t]he hotel industry offers good, high-paying jobs with benefits and a fast-track to senior positions." (See infographic at right.) In September 2014, AHLA and WageWatch issued a "National Survey of Hotel Wages & Benefits," which surveyed hotel employers. It concluded that "most jobs in the lodging industry pay above minimum wage," "86.8% of respondents provide paid time off benefits to non-exempt workers," and that most employees are eligible for promotions and/or wage increases within a year of being hired.
However, its own materials suggest that many of AHLA's "high-paying jobs" likely pay poverty wages only marginally above the minimum wage. Based on the state-by-state averages listed in AHLA's wage survey, "more than minimum wage" for housekeeping staff ranges from $7.77/hr in Mississippi (where the minimum wage is $7.25) to $10.58 in New York (where the minimum wage was $8.75 and will be raised to $9.00 by the end of 2015). For comparison, a Living Wage Calculator produced by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2010 estimated that the living wage -- the wage necessary for someone working full time not to live in poverty -- for a single adult with no children was $8.45 in Mississippi and $11.50 in New York. The numbers rise significantly for workers supporting families.
The following are listed among AHLA's "Top Priorities" in legislative and regulatory issues on its website as of December 2014 (a brief description of AHLA's position follows each item):
Fighting Unions and Higher Wages
AHLA opposes the "card check" process for unionization, National Labor Relations Board rules limiting campaign time (which AHLA refers to as the "ambush election" rule), and generally views the NLRB and Department of Labor as creating "an extremely anti-business climate."
AHLA opposes raising the minimum wage and opposes local living wage laws, claiming that they place an "undue burden on employers – many of whom, like those of us in the hotel industry, already provide excellent wages and benefits." Its policy brief expresses concern over possible changes to overtime regulations, such as an increase in the pay level workers must earn in order to qualify as salaried employees.
AHLA describes its own efforts to oppose wage increases as "aggressive":
- "AH&LA's governmental affairs team is staying in close contact with key members and staff in the House and Senate to emphasize the job-killing effects of living wage hikes while highlighting the track record of upward mobility in the lodging industry.
- "AH&LA also continues to aggressively track and build tools to help the industry more effectively combat local extreme living wage initiatives. These include a proposal in Los Angeles to increase the wage to $15.37/hour for hotel workers, among others. The industry is working closely with state lodging associations and members across the country to combat these actions by bringing every resource possible to this fight and ensuring that the industry is best and most effectively positioned to defeat them."
Fighting Federal Healthcare Coverage
AHLA opposed the 2010 PPACA (Affordable Care Act), citing what it claimed as "the significant number of new one-size-fits-all mandates that further drive up the cost of healthcare, the lack of any cost containment measures, and the lack of any meaningful provisions to assist small businesses in accessing affordable coverage." AHLA claims to support providing health care to hotel workers, but holds the position that the ACA is "burdensome" to the hotel industry. It has lobbied for a law that would establish 40 hours/week as "full time" employment with respect to the ACA, a repeal of auto-enrollment, repealing some tax provisions, and changes to the definition of "large employer."
Immigration and Worker Visas
In addition to supporting visa access for foreign business travelers and tourists, AHLA supports some form of legalization for certain currently undocumented workers, retention of the H-2B seasonal worker program, and changes to the worker verification system. It also supports the "lesser-skilled temporary worker program." Its official position statement expresses concern about "harmful Labor Department actions through rulemaking" on the H-2B visa program. AHLA collaborates with the Essential Worker Immigration Coalition in this area.
Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council
A representative from AHLA, Brian Crawford, was one of the lobbyists instructing local officials at a closed-door workshop on "Local Minimum Wage" at the first meeting of the American City County Exchange, the local offshoot of the American Legislative Exchange Council.
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In recent years, AHLA has made a concerted effort to expand its political influence. For example, in its 2012-2014 strategic plan, AHLA planned to "[e]xpand the association's impact on Capitol Hill by raising $1.5 million for HotelPAC for the next three years." AHLA has partnerships with related industry lobbying groups, including the National Restaurant Association, International Franchise Association, National Business Travel Association, U.S.Travel Association, Real Estate Roundtable, and others.
AHLA spent $1,404,376 on lobbying at the federal level in 2014, slightly up from $1,328,000 in 2013. $300,000 went to two outside lobbying firms, Fierce, Isakowitz & Blalock ($200,000) and Janine Smith ($100,000), in 2014.
AHLA's lobbying spending hovered between $1.2 million and $1.4 million annually from 2008 through 2014.
AHLA's registered lobbyists in 2014 were:
- Joori Jeon
- Vanessa Sinders
- Brian Crawford
2014 Lobbying Data:
|Lobbying Firm||Amount Reported||Issue|
|American Hotel and Lobbying Association||$1,404,376||See below.|
|Fierce, Isakowitz & Blalock||$200,000||H.R. 1354- JOLT Act of 2013; S. 1013-Patent Abuse Reduction Act of 2013; Cyber, Data Security; Emergency Services Dialing Procedures; Minimum Wage, S. 1737- Minimum Wage Fairness Act; Patent Reform|
|Smith, Janine||$100,000||The Jolt Act (HR 1354), Visa Waiver Expansion; Business Activity Tax Simplification Act of 2013 (H.R. 2992); Camp draft tax reform proposal; Online travel taxation; Patent troll legislation (HR 3309/S. 1612/S. 2049/S. 1720/ H.R.3540/S. 866/S. 2639/S.1013/H.R.845/HR 2766/H.R. 2024); Government conferences and travel proposals (H.R. 283,H.R. 313, H.R. 859, H.R. 1880, S. 1007); Digital Goods Act (S. 1364); Marketplace Fairness Act (S. 336/S.743/H.R. 684); TRIA Reauthorization - HR 508; 911 Access in hotels; Anti-patent troll legislation (H.R. 3309/S. 1612); Tax reform; Efforts to combat human trafficking in hotels; Travel restrictions and related efforts in relation to Ebola|
2014 Lobbying Issues:
- H2B Regulation, Wage Methodology for the Temporary Non-agricultural Employment H2B Program; Temporary Non-agricultural Employment of H-2B Aliens in the United States; Wage Methodology for the Temporary Non-Agricultural Employment H2B Program, Part 2; Labor Rulings and Appointments; OFCCP Section 503 Regulations, provisions related to hiring of person with disabilities; H.R. 1120, Preventing Greater Uncertainty in Labor Management Relations Act, all provisions.
- H.R. 4320, Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act, all provisions ; H.R. 4321, Employee Privacy Protection Act, all provisions ; S.2178, Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act, all provisions ; S.1737, Minimum Wage Fairness Act, all provisions; S.2223, Minimum Wage Fairness Act, all provisions ; H.R. 1010, Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013, all provisions.
- Issues related to implementation of visa reforms; H.R. 1120, Preventing Greater Uncertainty in Labor Management Relations Act, all provisions; H.R. 1354, JOLT Act, all provisions, related to visa law reforms; Issues relating to Federal per diem rates; H.R. 1880, Protecting Resort Cities from Discrimination Act of 2013, all provisions, relates to agency policies on vacation destinations; H.R. 313, GSA Act of 2013, all provisions, relates to Federal agency conferences and travel;
- H.R. 2061, the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act), all provisions; S. 2218, Subnational Visa Waiver Program Act of 2014, all provisions; S.994, DATA Act, all provisions
- H2B Visa Rules, Wage Methodology for the Temporary Non-agricultural Employment H2B Program, Temporary Non-agricultural Employment of H-2B Aliens in the United States, Wage Methodology for the Temporary Non-Agricultural Employment H2B Program; J-1 Program: all provisions involving the J-1 cultural exchange program; Immigration reform proposals; S.744, Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, all provisions;
- H.R.4238, To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide for requirements for employers of H-2B nonimmigrants, and for other purposes, all provisions; H.R.15, Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, all provisions; S.2218, Subnational Visa Waiver Program Act of 2014, all provisions.
- PL III-148, Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare Act, regulations regarding employer reporting and implementation of Act; H.R. 763, To Repeal Annual Fee on Health Insurance Providers Enacted by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("PPACA"), all provisions; H.R. 1254, Auto Enroll Repeal Act, all provisions, relating to PPACA; H.R. 2575, Save American Workers Act, all provisions, relates to PPACA; H.R. 2988, Forty Hours Is Full Time Act of 2013, all provisions;
- S.701, Forty Hours Is Full Time Act of 2013, all provisions; S.1188, Forty Hours Is Full Time Act of 2013, all provisions.
- Issues relating to implementation of 15 USC 8001, Virginia Greame Pool and Spa Safety Act, all provisions, implementation compliance obligations of safety provisions for public pools and spas; H.R. 777, ADA Notification Act of 2013, provisions relating to notification of violations.
- Online Travel Company Taxation, taxation of hotel room reservations made over the Internet; Emergency Services Dialing procedures; S.1364, Digital Goods Act; H.R.3724, Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act of 2013.
- H.R. 777, ADA Notification Act of 2013, provisions relating to notification of violations.
- Tax reform proposals; S. XXXX, Expiring Provisions Improvement Reform and Efficiency (EXPIRE) Act; taxation of hotel room reservations made over the Internet
- H.R. 508, Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002 Reauthorization Act of 2013, all provisions; H.R. 2146, Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2013, all provisions.
- Patent reform proposals; H.R. 3309 the Innovation Act, all provisions; H.R.3540, Demand Letter Transparency Act of 2013, all provisions; S.1720, Patent Transparency and Improvements Act of 2013, all provisions; S.866, Patent Quality Improvement Act of 2013, all provisions; S.1013, Patent Abuse Reduction Act of 2013, all provisions; S.2146, Patent Fee Integrity Act, all provisions; S.2049,Transparency in Assertion of Patents Act, all provisions;
- S.1612, Patent Litigation Integrity Act of 2013, all provisions; H.R.2024, End Anonymous Patents Act, all provisions.
- H.R. 3286 The Protecting States Opening National Parks Act, all provisions; S.1572, Protecting States Opening National Parks Act, all provisions; H.R. 3661 The Public Access to Public Lands Guarantee Act, all provisions; S. 1750 Public Access to Public Lands Guarantee Act, all provisions; S.2104, National Park Access Act, all provisions.
AHLA's affiliated PAC is the American Hotel and Lodging Association PAC, also known as HotelPAC. Its treasurer is Joori Jeon, who is also executive vice president and chief financial officer of AHLA and president and COO of the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation. In 2014, HotelPAC raised $643,905 and spent $729,100, leaving it with $156,653 cash on hand at the end of the year. HotelPAC made contributions to over 100 individual candidates, 61 percent to Republicans and 39 percent to Democrats.
Top recipients of contributions from HotelPAC in 2014
U.S. House (contributions of $5,000 or more):
- John Boehner (R-OH) $10,000
- Eric Cantor (R-VA) $9,625
- Joe Heck (R-NV) $7,500
- John Kline (R-MN) $7,500
- Kevin McCarthy, (R-CA) $7,500
- Mike Quigley, (D-IL) $7,500
- Ami Bera, (D-CA) $6,000
- John Barrow, (D-GA) $5,000
- Gus Bilirakis, (R-FL) $5,000
- John K. Delaney, (D-MD) $5,000
- Mario Diaz-Balart, (R-FL) $5,000
- Renee Ellmers, (R-NC) $5,000
- Sam Farr (D-CA) $5,000
- Pete King (R-NY) $5,000
- Patrick E. Murphy (D-FL) $5,000
- Scott Peters, (D-CA) $5,000
- Paul Ryan, (R-WI) $5,000
- Maxine Waters, (D-CA) $5,000
- Peter Welch, (D-VT) $5,000
U.S. Senate (contributions of $5,000 or more):
- Lamar Alexander, (R-TN) $10,000
- Mark Begich, (D-AK) $10,000
- Susan M. Collins, (R-ME) $8,000
- Cory Booker, (D-NJ) $7,500
- Shelley Moore Capito, (R-WV) $7,500
- Steven Daines,(R-MT) $7,500
- Mike Enzi, (R-WY) $7,500
- Mary L. Landrieu, (D-LA) $7,500
- Mitch McConnell, (R-KY) $7,500
- Mike Rounds, (R-SD) $7,500
- Brian Schatz, (D-HI) $7,500
- Mark Warner, (D-VA) $7,500
- Tim Scott, (R-SC) $7,000
- John Cornyn, (R-TX) $6,500
- Dick Durbin, (D-IL) $6,000
- Kelly Ayotte, (R-NH) $5,000
- Lindsey Graham, (R-SC) $5,000
- Terri Lynn Land, (R-MI) $5,000
- James Lankford, (R-OK) $5,000
- Jack Reed, (D-RI) $5,000
- Harry Reid, (D-NV) $5,000
- Ben R. Sasse, (R-NE) $5,000
- Jeanne Shaheen, (D-NH) $5,000
- Thom Tillis, (R-NC) $5,000
Legislative Action Summit
AHLA holds an annual "action summit" in Washington, D.C., saying on its website that the summit is "the most effective way to voice the strength of the lodging industry to key policymakers in Washington, and in recent years we have seen direct and impressive results from our visits to Capitol Hill." The 2015 summit was co-organized for the first time with the National Restaurant Association and scheduled to be held April 14-15, with a focus on organizing attendees en masse to meet with officials on Capitol Hill.
Coalition to Save Local Businesses
In February 2015, Politico reported that AH&LA, along with the International Franchising Association, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and other groups were creating a coalition "to encourage lawmakers on the Hill to oppose the National Labor Relations Board general counsel’s new joint employer standard. The Coalition to Save Local Businesses will launch an advertising campaign in D.C. and elsewhere to get out its message opposing a new standard."
Board of Directors
As of 2014:
- John Fitzpatrick, Chair. CEO, Fitzpatrick Hotel Group.
- Jim Abrahamson, Vice Chair. CEO, Interstate Hotels & Resorts.
- Mark Carrier, Secretary/Treasurer. President, B.F. Saul Company Hospitality Group.
- Katherine Lugar, President and CEO of AHLA. Lugar was previously executive vice president, public affairs for the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), vice president of legislative and political affairs at the National Retail Federation, and as vice president of federal government relations at Travelers Insurance. Her official biography touts her being "instrumental in doubling the size of the Retail Leaders PAC" and "overseeing successful efforts to block major pro-labor initiatives" while at RILA. On Lugar's hiring in 2013, AHLA Chairman Ronald Vlasic said, "We have asked her and she has agreed to transform AH&LA by significantly strengthening its government affairs and public relations programs. She’s superbly qualified to do so."
Government Affairs Staff (as of 2014):
- Vanessa Sinders , Senior Vice President and Department Head, Government Affairs
- Maryam Cope, Vice President, Government Affairs
- Brian Crawford, Vice President, Government and Political Affairs
- Craig Kalkut, Vice President, Government Affairs
- Chris Burgoyne, Director, Political and Government Affairs
- Kaitlyn Boecker, Manager, Government Affairs
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