RPA established RPA PAC in 2005 to help expand its advocacy and better position itself with lawmakers. Through the voluntary support of RPA members, RPA PAC helps elect candidates, regardless of party affiliation, who share RPA’s concerns on major issues that affect nephrologists, nephrology practices, and kidney patients. RPA PAC facilitates the ability of RPA to nimbly respond to changes affecting nephrology practice that are the result of legislative or regulatory action.
Representative Robin Kelly (D-IL) addresses attendees at the 2019 RPA PAC Reception.
Why is RPA PAC Important?
Without financial assistance, few political candidates can afford the cost of a federal campaign. The significant role of money in politics can be beneficial to groups and individuals seeking to get their concerns addressed by Congress, as donations to a candidate's campaign can raise the visibility of specific issues with that candidate and help secure their support once in office.
The best way to financially support a candidate is through a political action committee (PAC). In fact, PACs represent a direct method for RPA members to exercise their constitutional rights and thus are a critically important element in the federal and state electoral process. They consist of groups of people with similar interests and concerns that pool their resources to elect candidates to public office. This ensures their voices are heard in the political process and offers candidates additional campaign support in conjunction with individual and political party donations.
Through the work of the RPA PAC, RPA leaders and staff have met in small group settings with leaders at the highest echelons of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, as well as key legislators on the committees of jurisdiction for the Medicare program (the Senate Finance Committee, and the Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce Committees in the House). These interactions have raised the profile of nephrology as a subspecialty and established RPA as the leading public policy organization in the nephrology community.
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How Does the RPA PAC Work?
Campaign laws have established limits on the amount of money a PAC can contribute to, as well as receive from, one individual in a given year. RPA PAC is qualified as a multi-candidate PAC which means it can give up to $5,000 to a candidate committee per election (primary, general or special) and can also give up to $5,000 annually to any other PAC. RPA members can contribute up to $5,000 per year to RPA PAC, however contributions must be from personal funds and not from corporate or practice accounts. PACs are required to report on a regular basis their revenues and disbursements to the federal government. More information on PACs and federal election laws is available to the public on the Federal Election Commission's (FEC) Web site.
RPA President Michael Shapiro chats with RPA PAC Reception Speaker Representative Gus Bilirakis (R-FL).
Join RPA PAC Today!
We hope that you will consider supporting RPA PAC. With the swirl of activities surrounding health care reform being addressed by Congress, it is more important than ever that RPA continue to advocate for excellence in nephrology practice. Your contribution sends a message to legislators that the nephrology community is united and provides an opportunity to positively impact the election of candidates who recognize and address the issues of concern to nephrologists.
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For more information on RPA PAC, please contact Rob Blaser at (301) 468-3515 or firstname.lastname@example.org.