Why a PAC?

Why a PAC

Political action committees (PACs) began in the 1940s when it was decided by Congress that labor unions and corporations would not be allowed to contribute directly to congressional candidates. Instead, a special political organization could be created for the purpose of raising and spending money to either elect or defeat political candidates. A PAC provides an organized way for an association to support political candidates, legislation, regulations or initiatives that promote a particular profession.

Following the creation of PACs, in the 1970s regulations were put on amounts of money that could be contributed and raised and the Federal Election Commission (FEC) was created. The FEC is the regulating body for PACs. Today, there are more than 4,000 registered PACs across the nation, and in particular, almost 100 health care PACs.

Created in May 2012, Psychology PAC is dedicated to supporting candidates for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives who have demonstrated their commitment to psychology and psychologists. In order for the PAC to thrive and be effective on Capitol Hill, it is necessary to build a solid culture of participation among psychologists and educators.

APAPO supports the professional interests of practitioners and education and training members of the American Psychological Association (APA), advocating for you on Capitol Hill, in the courts and the marketplace. As seen with marketplace challenges and a changing health care system, it has become increasingly important for professional psychology to have a more visible presence in the political arena. Psychology PAC is important because it provides opportunities to meet with candidates and members of Congress to educate them on issues important to practicing psychologists and education and training. The PAC allows support of policymakers and congressional leaders who are or may become champions for the profession. It also is a way for a group of like-minded individuals to come together to make a greater impact. Supporting congressional candidates is crucial for the success of APAPO’s legislative advocacy strategy.

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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.

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