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Political Action Committee

The WAFP takes pride in offering members a wide range of services and benefits. One of the Academy's key functions is a strong government affairs program to influence legislation and policies that could impact Family Medicine.

A successful legislative strategy includes three fundamental elements:

  1. Lobbying;
  2. Grassroots advocacy; and
  3. Political support for candidates that share the Academy's views on critical legislative issues

Over the last few years, the WAFP has made a concerted effort to increase member participation in the Academy's Legislative Involvement Fund (LIF), which is organized as a political conduit. The LIF conduit allows members to contribute individually to candidates who share their values. However, conduits have several administrative disadvantages that make it difficult to make strategic political contributions in a timely manner.

Political Actions Committees don't share those administrative obstacles, and the WIFamMedPAC allows the Academy to be more nimble – and ultimately more effective – when participating in the political process. Under the WIFamMedPAC, member contributions are collected into a single account and disbursed to candidates under the direction of a governing board comprised of WAFP leadership.

WIFamMedPAC

The WIFamMedPAC allows the Academy to be more nimble, and ultimately more effective when participating in the political process. It collects member contributions into a single account and distributes them to candidates under the direction of a governing board comprised of WAFP leadership.While the WAFP maintains, and continues to utilize the Legislative Involvement Fund political conduit, the WIFamMedPAC provides the Academy with a number of additional benefits:

  • Provide the WAFP and its members with another avenue to support state legislative candidates who recognize and support Family Medicine
  • Give the WAFP members another way to participate in the political process
  • Raise the profile of the WAFP among state elected officials

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