Political Action Committee

What is the Community Oncology Alliance / Political Action Committee?

COA PAC is a political action committee (PAC) founded by community oncologists for community oncology. Funds raised within COA PAC are used primarily to contribute to campaigns of individuals seeking elected office to the United States Senate and House of Representatives. COA PAC supports individuals who have demonstrated an interest in community cancer care and in preserving and enhancing the nation’s cancer care delivery system for cancer patients.

Click here to contribute to COA PAC using your credit card securely via PayPal.

What are you asking me to contribute?

A suggested initial contribution is at least $500-1,000. Contributions cannot exceed $5,000 for a 2-year election cycle. This year (2013) is the first year of the 2014 cycle.

Why should I contribute to COA PAC?

If you want elected officials who support community oncology and the patients served, you need to support their election campaigns. COA PAC is the only PAC dedicated solely to community oncology. The only other PAC related specifically to oncology is US Oncology (part of McKesson Corporation.). Community oncologists need to be far more active as evidenced by the list below of the top 60 healthcare professional PACs. COA PAC ranked 59th, behind many other more specialized areas of medicine. COA PAC makes the most of the funds raised, but community oncology is lagging behind many other areas of medicine in making an impact. It is up to you and your fellow oncologists to contribute to increase support for community oncology.

American Assn of Orthopaedic Surgeons


American College
of Physicians Services


America Dental Assn


American Chiropractic Assn


American Medical Assn


American Society
of Plastic Surgeons


American Society of Anesthesiologists


American Assn
of Neurological Surgeons


American College of Radiology


American Academy
of Pediatric Dentistry


American College of Emergency Physicians


American College of Rheumatology


American Optometric Assn


American Interventional
Pain Physicians


American Physical Therapy Assn


American Assn for Vascular Surgery


American Academy of Ophthalmology


American Speech-
Language-Hearing Assn


American Podiatric Medical Assn


Cooperative of American Physicians


American Assn of Nurse Anesthetists


Society of Thoracic Surgeons


American College of Cardiology


American Gastroenterological Assn




National Assn of Spine Specialists


National Community Pharmacists Assn


Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics


American Osteopathic Assn


Intl Academy
of Compounding Pharmacists


American Nurses Assn


California Assn of Physician Groups


College of American Pathologists


American Soc
Cataract/Refractive Surgery


American Academy of Dermatology Assn


American Academy
of Physician Assistants


American Assn of Clinical Urologists


Texas Medical Assn


American Academy of Family Physicians


Renal Physicians Assn


American College of Surgeons Prof Assn


Assn for the Advancement
of Psychology


American Academy of Neurology


American College of Nurse-Midwives


US Oncology


Renal Leadership Council


American Assn/Oral & Maxillofacial Surg


American Pharmacists Assn


American Assn of Orthodontists


American Academy
of Nurse Practitioners


Mednax Inc


Society of Interventional Radiology


American Society/Therapeutic Radiology


Assn of American
Physicians & Surgeons


American Academy of Otolaryngology


American Academy of Audiology


American Occupational Therapy Assn


Community Oncology Alliance


American Psychiatric Assn


American Dental Hygienists Assn


Why support COA PAC when I already support candidates for election?

Other physicians do exactly the same — that is, support their local candidates for election — but they also support national PACs (as documented above). This provides a national presence for their specialty, something that community oncology needs.

How are contributions made to and disbursed by COA PAC?

COA PAC accepts contributions by individuals affiliated with COA and community oncology clinics in the United States, in strict accordance with all applicable federal campaign laws. Contributions to COA PAC can only be made by individuals. Corporations cannot make contributions to a PAC according to federal campaign laws. Individual contributions made to COA PAC cannot exceed $5,000 for a two-year election cycle and are not deductible for income tax purposes. COA PAC produces quarterly reports on its activities for donors, as well as filing all reports required by federal campaign laws.

How do I make a contribution to COA PAC?

A contribution can be made using a credit card or by personal check. To make a contribution by using a credit card, scroll up and click on the link above. Contact Ted Okon at tokon@COAcancer.org for the password you will need. To make a contribution by personal check, make the check out to COA PAC and send to:

Community Oncology Alliance PAC
1101 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 700
Washington, DC 20004

The Treasurer of COA PAC is Patrick Cobb, MD.

Direct any questions about COA PAC to Ted Okon at tokon@COAcancer.org.


Community Oncology Alliance
1101 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Suite 700
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 756-2258