Coalition for the Modernization and Protection of America's Social Security

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The Coalition for the Modernization and Protection of America's Social Security (COMPASS) is a coalition backing President George W. Bush's plan for private Social Security accounts. The group was formed in 2002 by the Business Roundtable and the National Association of Manufacturers.

"COMPASS is acting as an umbrella group for Washington-based organizations, including the manufacturers association, the National Restaurant Association, the Business Roundtable and the Financial Services Forum, which is a group of chief executive officers of major banks, insurance companies and securities firms," Bloomberg News reported. Other members include companies such as The Boeing Co., Pfizer Inc. and Fidelity Investments.[1]

The Washington Post reports, "[T]he Coalition for the Modernization and Protection of America's Social Security, will conduct a nationwide television and grass-roots pressure campaign costing $15 million to $20 million. COMPASS has hired OnPoint Advocacy to conduct grass-roots lobbying and Apco Worldwide Inc. for public relations. Tita Freeman, communications director at the Business Roundtable, said COMPASS has a budget of $15 million to $20 million, which may grow as the fight progresses."[2] In addition to TV ads, the group will run a national-wide direct mail campaign.[3]

The Hill reports, "COMPASS will work on educating the public across the country through direct-mail, grassroots and media campaigns." Derrick Max is the executive director of both COMPASS and its sister coalition Alliance for Worker Retirement Security. The groups are expected to spend between $50 million and $150 million to promote Social Security reform.

COMPASS also sponsors Generations Together, a website created in February 2005 by Democracy Data & Communications.


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1615 L Street Suite 1100
Washington, D.C. 20036

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