November 2018 Volume LIII Number 6

 
 
 
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PAC Corner

Your AAPD PAC: Who We Are

November 2015 Volume L Number 6

The AAPD Political Action Committee was formed in 2001 to provide a vehicle for the AAPD to contribute funds to candidates for federal office who have demonstrated a serious commitment to those issues of importance to AAPD and the improved oral health of children. Each AAPD district is represented on the PAC Steering Committee. Dr. Reneida Reyes chairs the Steering Committee; AAPD Past President Dr. Ned Savide is vice chair; and former NE District Trustee Dr. Shari Kohn is assistant treasurer.

Your AAPD PAC: What We Do
Strengthens Lobbying
PACs do only two things: raise money and give it away. Giving the money away helps open Congressional doors so that our members—their constituents—can come in and talk about the need to fund dental care for all children.
 
The AAPD PAC supports candidates who have been our friends in Washington. We also support new candidates, like first term congressman (and dentist) Bruce Babin of Texas, who have shown a willingness to listen and respond to our issues. Your donation, from your personal account, will support our direct lobbying efforts.
 
Leads to Advocacy Success
PAC support has opened doors for AAPD advocacy efforts including curbing unfair Medicaid RAC audits (http://www.aapd.org/_rac_audits_pose_threat_to_children%E2%80%99s_access_to_oral_health_care/) and ensuring that our top appropriations priority, Title VII funding for pediatric dentistry training programs, received our requested amount of $10 million this fiscal year (http://www.aapd.org/final_fy_2015_appropriations_legislation_includes_10_million_for_title_vii_pediatric_dentistry_training_/)
 
AAPD’s 2015 Legislative and Regulatory Priorities are available on the website at http://www.aapd.org/aapd_2015_legislative_and_regulatory_priorities/.
 
Get Involved
Advocacy Training
The PAC’s administrative funds support AAPD’s annual Public Policy Advocacy Conference, where we bring an increasingly large number of AAPD members, including our state Public Policy Advocates and residents from several programs, to Washington, D.C., to meet with their own representatives. By advocating for key issues in their Capitol Hill visits, attendees learn how to plan a legislative visit and present talking points—skills they can take back to their home states when they advocate for state legislation.
 
Get Involved Locally
Host a Candidate
The AAPD PAC actively engages our membership in delivering AAPD checks for various "meet and greets" with their members of Congress. Opportunities abound and we’ll continue to expand such efforts. If you’d like to be part of this, contact Scott Litch in the AAPD Headquarters Office, and he will put you on the delivery list.
 
Recommend a Candidate for Support
Any individual AAPD member can make recommendations for candidate support through the AAPD Headquarters Office Staff. If you have a personal friendship with a member of Congress or prospective candidate who is open to our message, please let us know! A candidate will likely receive AAPD PAC support for such activities as: introduction of legislation to improve children’s oral health, co-sponsoring legislation, holding hearings on legislation, writing letters to colleagues supporting legislation or regulations, assisting AAPD representatives in networking with other influential legislators and voting favorably on legislation.
 
For further information, please contact AAPD Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel C. Scott Litch at slitch@aapd.org.
 

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