•Building lasting relationships with members of Congress through a PAC helps representatives and senators
understand the issues that matter most to a particular
industry or group.
•Being proactive in the political process can be beneficial to an entire organization.
Established in 2002, the ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC is governed by an appointed Board of Directors, which seeks
to support an advocacy agenda for surgeons and their
patients across specialty lines.
In recent years, the ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC was ranked
in the top 20 health professional PACs in Washington,
DC.* Through an aggressive grassroots educational
and political investment program, ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC
and its members provide nonpartisan financial support
to federal office holders who share surgery’s perspective on health care policy issues and are positioned to
influence surgery’s legislative goals. The PAC is one of
the most effective ways to promote and protect issues
that can affect surgical patients and the profession.
ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC has strict criteria for contributing to candidates. It is very important to the ACSPA
that the contributions are distributed to friends of
the medical community and in compliance with FEC
Peer-to-peer outreach key to
SurgeonsPAC recently launched its first PAC Captain
Program. More than 40 PAC Captains participated
in the six week peer-to-peer campaign aimed at
disseminating SurgeonsPAC’s message to a broader
audience. The campaign resulted in increased
awareness and support of the SurgeonsPAC.
SurgeonsPAC Captain participants and winners will
have their names displayed at the PAC booth during
Clinical Congress and will remain key “
champions” within the states working to increase the
SurgeonsPAC’s membership base throughout the
2015–2016 election cycle. For more information
about the SurgeonsPAC Captain Program, contact
Katie Oehmen, ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC Associate, at
Finally, in an effort to increase visibility at the state
level, SurgeonsPAC will be reaching out to Fellows
across the country to begin facilitating more in-district SurgeonsPAC check deliveries. To learn more
about delivering a SurgeonsPAC check at a local or state
event, contact Katie Oehmen at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Michael Carmody at email@example.com. ♦
From left: Brian Gavitt, MD, MPH; Sen. Dan Sullivan
(R-AK); and Danny Robinette, MD, FACS
John Maa, MD, FACS (center, standing) visiting
Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA- 17) (center, seated)
*The Center for Responsive Politics. Opensecrets.org. PAC contributions to federal candidates. Available at: www.opensecrets.org/pacs/in-
dustry.php?txt=H01%26cycle=2014. Accessed August 17, 2015.