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  AzDENPAC—Fighting for Dentistry, and You

Success in our advocacy efforts should not merely be measured by how well it helps me as a doctor. Instead, success should be measured by how effective we’ve been in helping our members reach their goals, the strength of the legislative voice we have, and our ability to keep our profession strong.  We need to maintain a resilient leadership role as it relates to legislative advocacy, especially in a time when all healthcare professions are being challenged.  Dentistry is being challenged—our livelihoods are being challenged. In order to do this, we need to make our voice heard in the legislative process.  This involves “dentistry” being strongly heard on a local, state and national level.

This year we are working towards achieving a Super PAC status again.  This means that we need to have 500 donors by December 12, 2013.  This allows us to contribute to candidates who will support and understand dental and oral health issues.  These past few years we have instituted wonderful changes that have strengthened our profession and greatly benefited the people of Arizona. We have contributed a Grand Total of $39,584.00 over the last three years. To continue with this process and our vigilance in the legislative process it requires both our time and our money. 

We are in a great transition in healthcare; we cannot afford to stand idly by.  We need you to step up so we can offer support to legislative candidates who understand the unique value and challenges of the dental profession.

Please consider supporting our efforts by offering your time or providing financial support. Additionally, I invite you to join us at the Arizona Capitol for the “AzDA’s Dental Day at the Capitol,” to speak face-to-face with our state legislators about issues important to dentistry in Arizona-Wednesday, February 12, 2014.  See for yourself how we make a difference. 

Help “us” make a difference and it will make a difference for you.  Thank you!

Mark B. Hughes, DDS


Adopt a Legislator 
Every Legislative session brings new challenges and opportunities. Annually, the Council on Government Affairs looks to develop a great Legislative program. To help support our work, you can volunteer to “Adopt” a member of the State Legislature in your community, and be their resource on oral health issues and the dollars and cents that make your practice and small business a vital part of your community’s economy. We need to meet our goal of “adopting” all 120 members of the Arizona Senate and House of Representatives. Contact Jan Jepson at (480) 344-5777, ext. 309, or email her at jan@azda.org to sign up for this important program.

Make an AzDENPAC Contribution
You may have heard that the U.S. Supreme Court has recently invalidated portions of the Arizona “Clean Elections” that allowed for the public financing of state campaigns. Those changes will make it critically important that we use the power of our political contributions from AzDENPAC and ADPAC to ensure that we get the kind of access to Legislators who listen to our message. If we don’t step up to protect the viability of dental practices and creatively address access to care issues, someone else will either do us in, or do it for us.

Thanks to those who helped Help to make us a Super-Pac!
AZDENPACIn 2011, we are notified by the Arizona Secretary of State that we have again qualified for “SUPER-PAC” status. Of the hundreds of PACs registered here in Arizona, only about 30 have this designation. That means that we need to show that we have at least 500 individual contributors to AzDENPAC to qualify. “Super-PAC” status allows AzDENPAC to give significantly larger campaign contributions to individual candidates for legislative and statewide offices. Those contributions are directed to candidates who know and understand dental practice and oral health care issues. To be a “Sustaining Member” in AzDENPAC is only $100—and part of your contribution ($50) goes to ADPAC, the political action committee of the ADA that contributes to Federal election campaigns. As a reminder, if you have already given, your spouse or significant other, your children (as long as they are over the age of 18), and your staff members can donate as “Friends of Dentistry” at $10 each. We also encourage you make a larger contribution as an “Advocate of the PAC” ($250), a Champion of the Pac ($500) or a “Leader of the PAC” at $1,000.


Help Carry the Load
Last year, only a small percentage of AzDA members made contributions to AzDENPAC. After all the AzDA Legislative successes of the last several years, can you afford to stand idly by while these few members carry the load on your behalf? Get out that checkbook and dig deep. Make sure that we can continue to support your interests and protect the oral health of all citizens of our great State!


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