Despite many physician professional organizations endorsing policies that support firearm regulation, more of their political donations go to candidates who oppose those policies, according to a study of political action committee (PAC) campaign contributions during the 2016 election cycle.
“Our analysis indicates that most of the largest physician organizations’ PACs contribute more to candidates whose stances on firearm policy are in direct opposition to evidence-based firearm policies and to their organization’s stances,” wrote lead author, MD, of Brown University, Providence, R.I., and his coauthors.
The study was published in.
This retrospective, cross sectional study examined contributions from the 25 largest physician organization–affiliated PACs during the 2016 election cycle and compared them to federal candidate support for firearm regulation.
Support for regulation was measured by voting history on U.S. House and Senate legislation proposing firearm background checks and their rating from the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF).
Health care professional–related PACs in general contributed $23.7 million during the 2016 election cycle; 57% of that sum ($13.6 million) came from the 25 largest physician-affiliated PACs.