advocating on the College’s behalf. If you have questions or concerns after reviewing the materials on
SurgeonsVoice.org, contact Michael Carmody, Congressional Affairs Coordinator, DAHP, Washington, DC.
Use the SurgeonsVoice advocacy handbook on
SurgeonsVoice.org to guide you in scheduling legislative meetings and to engage in successful advocacy
efforts at the state level. The advocacy handbook is a
comprehensive resource that provides an inside look
at the ACS advocacy structure, the ACSPA’s political
action committee (ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC), the structure
of Congress and the complex legislative process, and the
state legislatures. In addition, SurgeonsVoice comes with
helpful issue briefs on relevant topics such as: cancer,
research, rural hospitals, trauma, the surgical workforce, and other issues of importance.
If you have any questions or concerns after reviewing the materials on SurgeonsVoice.org, contact DAHP
staff at email@example.com or call 202-337-2701.
SurgeonsVoice works hand-in-hand with the ACSPA-
What is a PAC?
SurgeonsPAC to leverage the College’s legislative agenda
at the federal level. SurgeonsPAC allows the ACSPA to
increase its lobbying and advocacy efforts by contribut-
ing to federal campaigns.
PACs raise and spend money to elect candidates. PACs
typically represent common interests and seek out
financial contributions from members, employees,
or other eligible classes through voluntary contributions. PACs are required to register with the Federal
Election Commission (FEC) within 10 days of establishment and to provide regular reports disclosing
receipts (money raised) and disbursements (money
contributed). With the 2016 elections looming, the
following are five points every Fellow should know
•PACs help to create a united voice at the national level
to raise awareness about issues of importance to an
•PACs help to educate policymakers on legislative challenges so that they can help fight for those issues of
importance to members of their organizations.
•A PAC is only as strong as the individuals who support
it; the more members that support a PAC, the more
effective it can be in the legislative and political process on Capitol Hill.
Rep. Tom Price, MD, FACS (R-GA) (left), and
Anthony Meyer, MD, PhD, FACS, FRCS
Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) (left) meets with surgeons
from California in Washington, DC
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