How RheumPAC Works
The RheumPAC committee works closely with the ACR Governmental Affairs Committee, and the lobbying firm Patton Boggs to review issues affecting rheumatology and set priorities among them, focusing on the top four or five issues, says Dr. Bryant. (See “RheumPAC Committee” for a list of the committee members.)
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RheumPAC is strictly nonpartisan—just like arthritis. Decisions to sponsor legislators are based largely on whether a member has sponsored or cosponsored legislation of importance to rheumatology, and whether a member sits on a key committee or holds a leadership position in the House or Senate, says Dr. Bryant. Furthermore, because RheumPAC is a federal PAC, by law it may only donate to federal legislators, not state or local candidates. Members of the ACR and the ARHP can suggest legislators for support via a link on the RheumPAC page of the ACR Web site.