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Grace Bryan, Chair
FAPA PAC Board of Trustees


 
Click here to make a PAC donation now.

 

 

Welcome to the FAPA Political Action Committee webpage.


 
In 1994, the Board of Directors of FAPA voted unanimously to form a political action committee to strengthen the profession's voice with elected officials.

 

 
Strengthen Our Voice!

 

 
It is time to connect with your legislator. The legislators will give their time to their constituents and an audience to those who have helped them with either an issue in the past or campaign volunteering. Like all major initiatives, the formation of the PAC raised questions about the goals, structure and procedures for making contributions.

 

 
The following are frequently asked questions:

 

 
 
Why should you contribute to FAPA'S PAC?


 
FAPA's PAC allows the collective voice of FAPA to be heard by the elected representatives of Florida. A strong PAC promotes a strong profession. Donations enable the PAC to contribute to Florida's candidates during their campaigns for office. This process assists the profession in establishing a networking mechanism with those legislators. When you donate to the PAC, you help send a clear message to legislators that we have issues that are important to our profession.

 

 
Why is the PAC important?


 
In this age of "political campaigns through the media," the reputation of an organization is not enough to have real influence on legislative matters. The FAPA - PAC strengthens our voice with the Florida Legislature like never before, especially against immense challenges we can expect in the near future.

 

 
 
What challenges does the Physician Assistant profession face in the State of Florida?


 
In the past, FAPA 's PAC successfully advocated for and against legislation that affected our profession. In an age of rapid changes in the medical climate -- mergers, acquisitions, and globalization, we can expect to face an increased number of new challenges. Conversely, the changes also pose new opportunities which will require legislative action.

 

 
If the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants -the PAC -lobbied successfully in the past, why do we need the PAC now?
 
 
Candidates are limited to accepting $1000 per election cycle from the PAC. However, in today's political climate and with skyrocketing election campaign costs, it takes more financial resources, greater coordination, and commitment of our members to exert an influence on the legislature. The PAC will empower us with the additional resources we need to succeed.

 

 
How will the PAC spend the contributions?


 
First, we will support those candidates for office who are our profession's allies. The PAC will be a powerful tool to mount strong lobbying efforts against bills that might chip away at our important medical professional role as licensed Physician Assistants. Future challenges will require a greater effort. The FAPA PAC Trustees, along with guidance from FAPA Board Members and Mixon & Associates (M&A), choose how to donate the money.The Trustees also decide on which candidates would receive public support and endorsement in the form of a press release or letter to the media.
 
 
Will the PAC alter the way legislators view our profession?


 
The PAC sends a clear message to legislators that we have issues that are important to our profession, to the medical community and to the public. The PAC helps ensure that our message is heard.

 

 
I'm a member of the AAPA who already contributes to its PAC. Isn't the Florida PAC a duplication of effort?
 
 
No, the AAPA's Effective Legislative Committee is designed to lobby for issues at the national level. The Florida Physician Assistant PAC will deal only with Florida and local elected officials and candidates.

 

 
 
Do I have anything to say about the Florida PAC?


 
Absolutely, your voice will be heard. We welcome the insights and viewpoints of all our members, especially with respect to candidates. In addition, a committee of your peers will approve all contributions. The PAC Board of Trustees consisting of a cross-section of the society's membership, will make policy decisions. In addition to monetary contributions to political campaigns, the FAPA - PAC also organizes members to volunteer on specific campaigns throughout the State. The PAC also encourages local involvement of PA's within their district. There are a variety of resources contained on this site, which can guide you in the process of becoming politically active and affecting positive change for your profession.Please do not hesitate to contact me if you wish to protect and improve your profession
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How can I contact my local PAC trustee?


 
  • That's easy. Just click here for the names and contact information for all the PAC trustees.
  • Help us keep up the forward momentum for PAs and the patients you serve: Contribute to FAPA PAC today to help us strengthen relationships with key members of our Legislature and amplify the voice of the profession.
  • There are 7529 PAs practicing in the state of Florida, thankfully we have 1609 FAPA members.
  • We need many more FAPA members because if we are not at the table, we are on the menu.
  • Your support matters. Please support FAPA's PAC with a generous donation and help us move the profession forward.
  • When paying your FAPA dues check “yes” for 10% of your dues to go to the PAC.
  • Consider becoming a PAC 25( 25$ each month x 12 months to the PAC). Click here to make a PAC donation now.
  • Thank you in advance for your generosity and active involvement in FAPA's PAC.
 

           

 

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