About PA PAC
THE PA POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
Positively Changing Legislation Through Education
Cara Bennett, PA-C
WHAT IS THE PAPAC?
The Physician Assistant Political Action Committee (PAPAC) is a separate fund sponsored by the PSPA for the purpose of assisting in governmental affairs. The PAPAC enables Pennsylvania PAs to have a voice in the Commonwealth’s political arena.
Formalization of the PAPAC allows the PSPA to be involved in the political process and regulation formation. Subsequently, the PAPAC uses this opportunity to positively change legislation through education. In turn, the PAPAC supports Pennsylvania politicians who are interested in and/or empathetic to our causes. The decision to form our political action committee was truly visionary, and has provided both an attentive ear and powerful voice in Pennsylvania politics on issues that directly affect our profession.
HOW DOES THE PA PAC RAISE MONEY?
Since our Political Action Committee is only “sponsored” by the PSPA, the PSPA as an entity cannot contribute directly to the PAC. However, the PSPA can support our efforts in raising monies for the PAPAC. This is accomplished through support of the annual Silent Auction during the CME conference. Corporation donations to the PAPAC are not permitted; therefore we rely solely on individuals like you for monetary support. The PAPAC committee is always interested in pursuing other forms of fundraising. Do you have a knack for marketing and fundraising? Innovative ideas to lend? Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOW MUCH MONEY DOES THE PAPAC RAISE ANNUALLY?
The PAPAC has two major fundraising events. The first is held in the spring of each year. During this ‘event’, we solicit donations directly from PAs in the Commonwealth. This ‘event’ historically has raised about $2,000-$4,000. We hope to increase that amount dramatically. There are over 7,000 PAs in Pennsylvania. If each one of these 7,000+ PAs made even a small donation, we would eclipse our goals. Our second major fundraising event occurs in the fall of each year as a silent auction during the PSPA Annual CME conference. This huge undertaking has been a great success in the past, generating approximately $12,000.