Orthopaedic PAC FAQ

What is a Political Action Committee (PAC)?
A PAC enables employees or members of groups - such as corporations and professional organizations - to pool their political contributions and support candidates who will help the organization achieve its legislative objectives

What is the difference between corporate contributions and personal contributions?

Corporate contributions (or soft dollars) include checks and credit cards cut on a physicians' business account (LLC, PC, or Inc.). Personal contributions (or hard dollars) are checks and credit cards from a physicians' personal account. Under federal FEC law, personal contributions can be given to federal political candidates, corporate contributions cannot. Corporate contributions are used to pay the PAC's operational expenses (FEC filing software, etc).

Who decides where the money goes?

The Orthopaedic PAC Executive Committee is charged with developing a method for determining and making contributions to federal candidates. Reports regarding the Orthopaedic PAC are made to the Board of Directors on a regular basis. The chair of the Orthopaedic PAC Executive Committee also reports at least annually to the Board of Directors regarding the activities of the Orthopaedic PAC. For more information, please click the Bylaws link.

What are the PAC's guidelines for making contributions?

The Orthopaedic PAC's guidelines for giving

Can I recommend a candidate for a contribution?

Yes, please fill out the 
request form and return it to Stacie Monroe at pac@aaos.org in the AAOS Office of Government Relations.

Why shouldn't I just give to individual candidates and by-pass the PAC?

When the Orthopaedic PAC makes a contribution for example, it sends a strong, collective, and clear message from orthopaedic surgeons to a particular candidate. Simply put: there is strength in numbers.

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