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ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC year-end update


The American College of Surgeons Professional Association (ACSPA) and members of its political action committee (ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC) provide nonpartisan financial support to federal lawmakers and individuals seeking office who share surgery’s perspective on health care policy issues and are well-positioned to advocate for surgery’s legislative goals. As of press time, the ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC raised more than $500,000 from more than 1,200 ACSPA members and staff, and disbursed more than $380,000 to more than 100 congressional candidates, leadership PACs, and political campaign committees.

Following are SurgeonsPAC fundraising and disbursement highlights:

• Willens Society ($25,000 or more over 10 years): 12

• Elite Donors ($2,500–$5,000): 23

• High Donors ($500–$2,499): 372

• General Donors ($100–$499): 669

• Top ACS leadership groups with 100 percent participation: Regents and Officers, Health Policy Advisory Council, Health Policy and Advocacy Group, and SurgeonsPAC Board of Directors

• Top five specialties: General, pediatric, vascular, colorectal, and plastic and reconstructive surgery

• Top states: Texas, California, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania

• Contributions disbursed in line with Congressional party ratios—58 percent to Republicans and 42 percent to Democrats

• Attended/hosted more than 200 health care industry events

• Organized eight physician community events for key surgical champions in Congress

• Facilitated more than 30 in-district check deliveries

• Supported 12 physician candidates

In addition, SurgeonsPAC co-hosted the eighth annual Specialty Physician and Dentist Candidate Workshop and 10th annual Medical and Dental PAC Forum.

To learn more about SurgeonsPAC fundraising and disbursement activities, contact SurgeonsPAC staff at or 202-672-1520.


Contributions to ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. Contributions are voluntary, and all members of the ACSPA have the right to refuse to contribute without reprisal. Federal Law prohibits ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC from accepting contributions from foreign nationals. By law, if your contributions are made using a personal check or credit card, ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC may only use your contribution to support candidates in federal elections. All corporate contributions to ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC will be used for educational and administrative fees of ACSPA, and other activities permissible under federal law. Federal law requires ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC to use its best efforts to collect and report the name, mailing address, occupation, and the name of the employer of individuals who contribute more than $200 in a calendar year. ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC is a program of the ACSPA which is exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Service.

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