By Richard Nelson, managing editor, September 01, 2014
Since its founding in 2000, SkinPAC, the American Academy of Dermatology Association’s political action committee, has helped the specialty to advance its legislative agenda, ensuring that the concerns of dermatologists and their patients are heard by key policymakers. It has raised more than $1 million in each of the past two election cycles.
During the 2012 election cycle, then-AADA President Daniel Siegel, MD, helped lead the PAC to new heights, challenging his colleagues to raise $1 million and allowing his head and beard to be shaved on-stage during the Summer Academy Meeting plenary session when they succeeded.
The PAC has already passed the $1 million mark this election cycle but is aiming higher, with a goal of raising $1.4 million before Election Day. See below for more information on SkinPAC’s history. Visit the SkinPAC website, or contact Katie Jones, the AADA’s assistant director, political and congressional affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information about SkinPAC.
**SkinPAC’s political purpose is to solicit and receive contributions to be used to make political campaign expenditures to those candidates for federal elective office, and other federal political committees, who demonstrate understanding and interest in the views and goals of the American Academy of Dermatology Association.
Contributions to SkinPAC are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. SkinPAC cannot accept contributions from corporate accounts. All AADA members have the right to refuse to contribute without reprisal. Federal law prohibits us from accepting contributions from foreign nationals. Federal law requires us to use our best efforts to collect and report the name, physical address, occupation, and the name of the employer of individuals whose contributions exceed $200 in a calendar year.