WHAT ARE WE DOING THIS YEAR?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for this important program.
Make an ArDPAC 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 ArDPAC 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!
In 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 ArDPAC to qualify. “Super-PAC” status allows ArDPAC 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 ArDPAC 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 ArDPAC. 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!