The Difference Between the Psychology PAC and a State PAC
The Psychology PAC
The Psychology PAC is the bipartisan, multicandidate political action committee of the American Psychological Association Practice Organization.
The Psychology PAC’s goal is to support and elect candidates at the federal level through voluntary contributions in order to keep the concerns of psychologists in the legislative forefront.
The Psychology PAC only engages in federal election activity, and these activities are governed by the Federal Election Commission.
State Political Action Committees
In an effort to get more involved at the state level, some state psychology associations may create their own state political action committees (PACs). Each state has its own set of campaign finance laws that govern the activities of a state PAC. Most of the time, the state’s secretary of state office governs the filings and activities of state PACs.
Why Both are Important
Since legislation occurs both at the state and federal levels, it is important to make sure the political voice of psychologists is heard at both levels. Though there may be overlaps at the federal and state levels on some legislative issues, there are also legislative issues unique to each level of government that require the political involvement of psychologists.
Since the Psychology PAC only contributes to candidates at the federal level, it is important that state associations develop state PACs to ensure the profession of psychology is protected at the state level.
In order for the American Psychological Association Practice Organization’s interests to be represented on Capitol Hill among the many other competing specialty organization PACs, it is imperative that the Psychology PAC remain competitive with the amount of funds it raises in order to get access to members of Congress.
Log in to Contribute
To make a contribution to the Psychology PAC, select one of the options below to log in to your MyAPA account. If you do not have a MyAPA account, you will be prompted to create one.
*APA employees and division members, and members and employees of state and regional psychological associations