POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF CLINICAL UROLOGISTS
THE AMERICAN UROLOGICAL ASSOCIATION
This document outlines the criteria by which donations are made by UROPAC to political candidates. It is important to note that this document is a guideline for political giving and modifications or contributions can be made to political candidates if the executive committee believes that an exception is in the best interest of urology or medicine.
Criteria for Making Political Contributions to Candidates
Contributions to Candidates:
According to federal election law, a political action committee may contribute up to $5000 per candidate per election. This includes special, run-off, primary, and general elections. For example, a candidate running in a primary and general can receive up to $10,000 from UROPAC ($5000 for the primary election and $5000 for the general election), as long as the contributions come before the election for which they have been designated.
PAC Distributions to Members and Political Parties:
The UROPAC Executive Council will create a slate of candidates on an annual basis to which UROPAC will designate 70% of its resources per two year election cycle. UROPAC will reserve 30% of its resources to be allocated on an ongoing basis with approval of the Chair and Vice-Chair. In developing the slate, the Executive Council will strive to allocate PAC resources as follows:
- $10,000 to targeted members of the Congressional leadership
- $5,000 to targeted Full Committee Members of six key jurisdictional committees
- House and Senate Appropriations Committees
- House Energy & Commerce and Ways & Means Committees
- Senate Finance and HELP Committees
- $10,000 to targeted Health Subcommittee Members of six key jurisdictional committees
- Up to $5,000 for targeted friendly Members off of six key jurisdictional committees
The PAC will encourage:
- Urologists to attend local political events or deliver checks in the member’s districts, so that not all checks are presented in Washington, DC.
- When contributing to national committees of political parties, effort should be made for urologists and staff to attend eligible events that become available as a result of these contributions.
- The leadership of the AACU and the AUA, including Board of Directors, Council and Committee Chairs, and PAC Executive Committee and Regional Representatives to attend events in their own States and Congressional Districts (to facilitate open communications with elected officials).
- Urologists to serve on campaign or issue committees of Members of Congress.
- In any year the allocation of the contributions between the two major parties will be reasonable and balanced.