In June 2011, the AACAP Council approved the formation of a political action committee (PAC). A PAC is a committee that raises money to make political contributions to candidates for public office that support their issue or industry.

Although the Council voted to establish a PAC, there is much work to be done and member input is necessary. A PAC Task Force, chaired by Robert Hendren, D.O., is working with staff to educate AACAP members about what it means to establish a PAC and is seeking legal and other expert advice to move forward. Other members of the Task Force include, Warren Ng, M.D., Chris Thomas, M.D., Scott Palyo, M.D., Ruth Gerson, M.D., Kristin Kroeger Ptakowski, and Larry Burner.

If you have any questions for the Task Force, please email

Political Action Committee Frequently Asked Questions
This document provides answers to commonly asked questions about AACAP's formation of a PAC and general background information.

Membership Surveys
Prior to the PAC's approval, AACAP's Council, Assembly delegates, and membership completed surveys to provide feedback and ask questions.

AACAP News Articles
Several articles have been published in AACAP News to educate members about PACs and to provide updates on the PAC's progress.

Expanding AACAP Advocacy Efforts: Creating an AACAP Political Action Committee
September 10, 2012

Webinar Presenters:
Bob Hendren, D.O
Warren Ng, M.D.
Kristin Kroeger Ptakowski

For questions, please contact Elizabeth DiLauro at or (202) 966-7300 x107.