Physician Assistants of Michigan Political Action Committee
Laws are made and revised on a routine basis. Whether they are made in favor or unfavorably to Physician Assistants sometimes depends on who is paying attention to us. With so many people trying to get the attention of a legislator, at any given time, it is well known that legislators will give audience to those that have helped them with a particular issue in the past, such as election financing.
All health care organizations representing their professions have political action committees (PAC) to help with this, since an organization is not legally allowed to donate money to legislators directly. PACs accept donations from the personal funds of members in order to help elect or re-elect members of the legislature.
The Michigan Academy of Physician Assistants PAC, also known as the Physician Assistants of Michigan Political Action Committee (PAMPAC) accepts members’ personal donations to give to legislators who are supportive of physician assistants or who are on committees such as the Health Policy Committee, which directly affects our profession’s ability to practice in Michigan. The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) has a PAC also, as well as the Michigan nurse organization, Michigan nurse practitioners, physical therapists and both osteopathic and allopathic physicians.
Anyone wishing to get involved in electoral politics at any level has to have access to, sometimes, large sums of money in order to campaign for their seat. Depending on the partisanship of a district, a state senator may need $500,000 to run a campaign and a state representative may need $250,000. When money is donated to PAMPAC, it is registered with the state of Michigan. Mike DeGrow, MAPA’s lobbyist, along with the PAMPAC chair and MAPA’s board of directors choose how to donate the money. All expenses are registered with the state.
We are fortunate to have Mike DeGrow to help us get to know these legislators and donate our money to make the most efficient and wise use of it. When important issues facing PAs need to get passed (or not get passed) through the legislature, then we truly need the support of key senators and representatives. Mike is vigilant with all legislative issues that may indirectly affect the PA profession also.
In short, A PAC does the following:
allows an organization like ours to make a connection with or promote a legislator in their attempts to place themselves in a decision making role (get or stay elected)
allows the lobbyist to promote our organization by donating money on our behalf
allows the lobbyist to attend fund-raisers and network with legislators in order to get the political pulse on issues and continuously keep physician assistants in the minds of our decision makers
It is so difficult to translate the importance of having a strong PAC onto paper. It is one of the key components to the continued success of ours, or any other, organization. It is a tool to help our lobbyist be successful.
We will never be the richest PAC, but the reality is that we have to be an effective PAC. Our ability to obtain donations from PAs has not been easy. You have sacrificed a lot of time to become a physician assistant; help protect your sacrifice by donating to PAMPAC. It’s an investment in your future.
MAPA Committees /
Ad Hoc Positions
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Continuing Medical Education Committee
Legislation and Governmental Affairs (LGA) Committee
Minority Affairs and Diversity Committee
Political Action Committee (PAMPAC)
House of Delegates
House of Delegates Alternates
If you are interested in serving in any capacity with MAPA, please email the Academy or the Chairperson for the committee or position you would like to help out with.