Why a PAC?
There are 535 members of Congress in Washington, DC who have the authority to legislate and oversee regulatory actions that can affect our everyday life.
That’s a lot of people who can impact community oncology practices.
How can community oncology professionals across the nation ensure their practices and patients avoid feeling the burdens of misinformed legislation and regulatory action?
- Pooling our resources and advocating as one voice.
- Making a tangible impact in the political process.
- Growing our bipartisan presence in Washington, DC.
Through the PAC, our members are off the sidelines and engaged with key lawmakers. Active political engagement is vital to protecting our practices and patients from burdensome legislation and overreaching regulatory action.
What is a PAC?
A political action committee (PAC), is an organization registered with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) for the purpose of pooling together funds from contributors in order to financially support federal candidates running for public office.
The Friends of Community Oncology PAC can accept $5,000 per year from contributors and may contribute $5,000 per election to worthy candidates for federal office. All candidates are evaluated by the Friends of Community Oncology PAC Board of Directors and chosen based on criteria independent of political party.
PACs are highly regulated and disclose all activities for public consumption on the FEC’s website.
There are more than 5,000 PACs registered with the FEC.
Associations and professionals across all medical professions have PACs, including: American Medical Association, American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons, American Dental Association, American Society of Anesthesiologists, and many more specialized practices.