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

$1,758,000

American College
of Physicians Services

$278,599

America Dental Assn

$1,695,249

American Chiropractic Assn

$264,100

American Medical Assn

$1,627,200

American Society
of Plastic Surgeons

$262,500

American Society of Anesthesiologists

$1,404,650

American Assn
of Neurological Surgeons

$258,500

American College of Radiology

$1,402,268

American Academy
of Pediatric Dentistry

$226,500

American College of Emergency Physicians

$1,298,000

American College of Rheumatology

$194,500

American Optometric Assn

$1,058,750

American Interventional
Pain Physicians

$191,500

American Physical Therapy Assn

$1,037,850

American Assn for Vascular Surgery

$172,000

American Academy of Ophthalmology

$758,047

American Speech-
Language-Hearing Assn

$158,000

American Podiatric Medical Assn

$710,700

Cooperative of American Physicians

$152,750

American Assn of Nurse Anesthetists

$683,800

Society of Thoracic Surgeons

$150,500

American College of Cardiology

$631,000

American Gastroenterological Assn

$133,500

OB-GYN PAC

$613,000

National Assn of Spine Specialists

$113,000

National Community Pharmacists Assn

$558,500

Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics

$109,625

American Osteopathic Assn

$550,997

Intl Academy
of Compounding Pharmacists

$109,250

American Nurses Assn

$542,500

California Assn of Physician Groups

$94,700

College of American Pathologists

$506,000

American Soc
Cataract/Refractive Surgery

$94,000

American Academy of Dermatology Assn

$505,500

American Academy
of Physician Assistants

$92,500

American Assn of Clinical Urologists

$489,000

Texas Medical Assn

$89,500

American Academy of Family Physicians

$481,500

Renal Physicians Assn

$83,000

American College of Surgeons Prof Assn

$467,500

Assn for the Advancement
of Psychology

$77,300

American Academy of Neurology

$422,300

American College of Nurse-Midwives

$70,500

US Oncology

$420,725

Renal Leadership Council

$67,843

American Assn/Oral & Maxillofacial Surg

$411,000

American Pharmacists Assn

$67,000

American Assn of Orthodontists

$393,500

American Academy
of Nurse Practitioners

$63,050

Mednax Inc

$387,500

Society of Interventional Radiology

$60,000

American Society/Therapeutic Radiology

$351,000

Assn of American
Physicians & Surgeons

$58,000

American Academy of Otolaryngology

$314,000

American Academy of Audiology

$57,000

American Occupational Therapy Assn

$304,950

Community Oncology Alliance

$53,000

American Psychiatric Assn

$284,500

American Dental Hygienists Assn

$51,500

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.

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