Surgery's political strength starts with ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC!
As the political arm of the American College of Surgeons Professional Association, SurgeonsPAC represents the needs of surgeons and surgical patients on Capitol Hill. SurgeonsPAC enables the College to build the necessary relationships with Representatives and Senators to educate them about the issues that affect the surgical practice environment. As a non-partisan PAC, SurgeonsPAC influences the make-up of Congress by contributing to incumbents and candidates who have acted as champions for surgery, regardless of their party affiliation. All U.S. Members of the College are eligible to join SurgeonsPAC.
SurgeonsPAC 2012 Election Cycle Overview
Click here to view the 2012 SurgeonsPAC Annual Report.
ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC raised $644,220 from 2,244 members of the College and staff (3.5%). This brings SurgeonsPAC to a total of $ 1,309,911 raised for the 2012 Election Cycle.
SurgeonsPAC supported 93 individual candidates for the House of Representatives (79 total) and Senate (14 total) in the 2012 congressional elections, with an overall success rate of 92 percent. The disbursement ratio for individual candidate PAC contributions was 60 percent Republican and 40 percent Democrat. Overall, ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC disbursed $745,500—58 percent was spent on Republicans, 42 percent on Democrats, inclusive of party committees and other leadership PACs. A complete list of disbursements can be found here.
As in years past, the shifting control of Congress helps to determine the overall disbursement strategy and party breakdown reflected in ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC spending. As careful stewards of PAC dollars, the 2012 elections saw a sharp decline in total SurgeonsPAC spending, down 27 percent since the 2010 election cycle, due to the inert nature of the 112th Congress. The PAC was able to support several promising newly elected members of Congress, and was also able to help in many close races where incumbent champions for surgery on Capitol Hill were in danger of losing their seat. Watch for the February 2013 issue of the Bulletin for a complete election breakdown and analysis.
The PAC must be fully funded to have a seat at the table when policies are being formulated. Please help the ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC to be in a strong political position to help shape the future of surgery and the care of surgical patients.
To view SurgeonsPAC's political activity in 2011, please click here to view the 2011 Annual Report.
Manager of Political Affairs, ACSPA