California PAs have come a long way and much of our progress happens due to our strong relationships with legislators. As a mature profession, we need to remain committed and understand the importance of organized political action. Legislators must raise money every day of the year, from the day they declare their candidacy until the day they retire from politics. Each and every day they are in office they need to raise funds for the next race and/or to repay the debt from the previous one.

Why do we care and why do we want you to give your hard-earned dollars to the CAPA PAC so we can give it to California legislators? Because it shows a strong commitment to engaging in the political process. (Please note, we may not use CAPA membership fees to contribute to political campaigns.)

What we have to remember is that, in order to be part of the political environment, we must participate in the political process to promote and protect PA practice in California. Part of the political process is to donate funds to political campaigns. We often deplete the funds in the CAPA PAC each year and begin to raise PAC funds again. It is a yearly cycle and we always encourage each PA in the state to give to the CAPA PAC each and every year.


Q: What is the CAPA-PAC?PAC_logo_color
A: California Academy of PAs Political Action Committee.

Q: What is the purpose of the CAPA-PAC?
A: CAPA’s Political Action Committee (PAC) is one way by which PAs can participate in the political process.

Q: To whom does the collected money go?
A: Financial support to the CAPA PAC helps forge relationships with California State legislators. These lawmakers have the power to change state law. Contributions to the CAPA PAC help these leaders with their ability to advocate for the physician-PA team model in Sacramento. CAPA PAC funds cannot be used to pay CAPA staff, lobbying services or volunteer time/expenses.

Q: I already pay CAPA dues, why am I asked to contribute separately to the CAPA-PAC?
A: A separate and distinct CAPA PAC contribution from the member is very important. Money from the general fund, membership dues or other monies designated for other purposes cannot be used for the CAPA PAC. Laws governing Political Action Committees are very strict about this. Your CAPA PAC contributions are very important! They are voluntary and not tax-deductible.