Last year the ACR’s nonpartisan political action committee, RheumPAC, raised nearly $150,000 from individual contributors. Starting in 2019, the addition of the RheumPAC Advocacy Fund, where rheumatology practices and state societies can contribute corporate dollars, is expected to support RheumPAC fundraising efforts in an effort to surpass this dollar amount, giving rheumatology an even stronger voice in Washington, D.C.
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RheumPAC is the only political action committee dedicated solely to the interests of the rheumatology profession. RheumPAC takes on the work of educating, electing and supporting federal lawmakers who understand and can positively address the policy issues that affect rheumatology care providers and their patients.
A New Way to Give
With the launch of the RheumPAC Advocacy Fund, rheumatology practices, as well as state and local rheumatology societies, now have the ability to support the work of RheumPAC. Non-individuals are prohibited by the Federal Election Commission from investing in RheumPAC, but non-individual contributions can be made to the RheumPAC Advocacy Fund, and several practices have already taken action to support RheumPAC, contributing nearly $30,000 to date.
The donation process for a practice is very simple, explains Kent “Kwas” Huston, MD, an ACR Board Member and rheumatologist in Kansas City, Mo. His practice recently made a donation to the RheumPAC Advocacy Fund, a donation his practice views as an essential investment in the future of rheumatology.