March 2019 Volume LIV Number 2

 
 
 
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2018 Congressional Elections

March 2019 Volume LIV Number 2

 The AAPD PAC thanks all the AAPD members who delivered PAC checks during the 2018 mid-term Congressional election cycle. Our supported candidates had great success—91 percent in Senate races and 97.5 percent in House races. You can view the complete list on the AAPD website at: https://www.aapd.org/globalassets/assets/aapd- pac-spported-candidates-2018.pdf.
 
I’m pleased to report that we were able to support all returning House members who signed onto the FY 2019 Dear Colleague letter supporting funding for Title VII pediatric dentistry. With Senate and House leadership now divided by party, we remain in an excellent position to work with both sides of the aisle.
 
On Oct. 30, 2018, in New York City, ADPAC and the New York County Dental Society hosted a fund-raiser for dentist and Congressional candidate Dr. Jeff Van Drew (D). Dr. Van Drew, a New Jersey State Senator, was running for an open Congressional seat in the 2nd district of New Jersey. The AAPD PAC contributed to his general election campaign at this fund-raiser, in addition to support provided earlier this year for his primary. Dr. Van Drew was elected to Congress with 52 percent of  the vote, and becomes the fifth dentist serving in Congress along with
re-elected Congressmen Brian Babin (R-36th   Texas), Drew Ferguson (R-4th  Ga.), Paul Gosar (R-4th  Ariz.), and Mike Simpson (R-2nd Idaho). In addition, Dr. Ferguson was recently appointed as Republican Chief Deputy Whip, which is the party’s highest-ranking appointed position in the House of Representatives.
 
L-R: Pediatric dentist Dr. Amr Moursi (NYU pediatric dentistry dept. chair and immediate past Academic Trustee on the AAPD Board of Trustees), Dr. Van Drew, and pediatric dentist Dr. Ioanna Mentzelopoulou (New York, N.Y.)

PAC 2018 DONATIONS AND CURRENT FUNDS STATUS
 
We are pleased to report that total PAC donations for 2018 were  $234,481, and  total  donors  numbered  1,140. This represents an increase of two percent and three percent respectively over the prior year. Thanks to strong membership support we are in excellent shape with the 2020 election cycle just starting, with over
$100,000 in hard dollars already available.
 
For further information about the AAPD PAC, please contact PAC Secretary C. Scott Litch at (312) 337-2169 ext. 29 or slitch@aapd.org.
 
Warren A. Brill
PAC Steering Committee Chair
 
 

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