Working for You and the Future of Clinical Laboratory Science
PAC: Positive Action and Commitment
The acronym PAC stands for Political Action Committee, a voluntary nonprofit organization created to provide financial and educational support for the election campaigns of responsible candidates for Congress. All PACs are legal, ethical and strictly regulated by federal law, which limits the amount of individual contributions and requires full and regular disclosure.
ASCLS/PAC offers members a simple, convenient way to influence the elections process and actively participate in the federal decision-making process. Through the PAC, ASCLS members are able to unite together to gain the attention of candidates for national political office.
In another sense, your support and generous contributions to the ASCLS/PAC represents your Positive Action and Commitment.
Now More Than Ever, Our Profession Needs A Voice in Government
Our system of government depends on the wisdom and integrity of elected officials., They, in turn, represent us best when they are exposed to and held accountable by an informed and active public.
Now more than ever, laboratory professionals must take an active role to see that congressional reforms of American health care support cost-effective, high-quality clinical laboratory services. You can help by supporting ASCLS/PAC. Each dollar you give improves the chances that informed and capable people will be elected to Congress to enact responsible reforms in America’s health service delivery system.
Access and Attention: A Key to Political Success
Healthcare in the United States has unfortunately evolved into a complex and intricate network of legislation and regulation. Legislation approved today can vastly change the future course of a profession — our profession. It is the responsibility of the profession itself and its members to keep lawmakers fully informed and cognizant of the key issues that may directly impact us.
To provide the needed information to our lawmakers, it is necessary to gain access and attention. ASCLS/PAC is designed to do just that — to gain access and obtain the attention of lawmakers.
By providing campaign contributions to a carefully selected number of candidates, ASCLS/PAC helps ensure the re-election of lawmakers who have been sensitive to the needs of the clinical laboratory profession. Our support for these candidates guarantees that ASCLS is well-represented in Congress.
ASCLS/PAC: Working for Your Best Interests
Established in 1976, the ASCLS/PAC is administered by its own Board of Trustees. Campaign contributions must be approved by the Chair or by the full Board of Trustees. Recommendations for contributions are made by both ASCLS staff and members; decisions are based on a candidate’s past record of performance, understanding of health care issues and likelihood of future support for clinical laboratory science.
Any solicitation for contributions to ASCLS/PAC is intended solely for members of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science, an individual membership organization, for the purposes of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1976, as amended. ASCLS does not solicit or accept contributions from individuals who are not members of ASCLS.
ASCLS/PAC is supported solely by donations from ASCLS members. Under federal law, these donations must be voluntary, and cannot be listed as a charitable contribution for tax purposes. The PAC files financial reports with the Federal Election Commission on a quarterly basis.
Your support of ASCLS/PAC demonstrates your support of hard-working and responsible candidates for public office. Your contribution decision will in no way affect your rights as a member of ASCLS.
|Item Name||Date Posted|
|PAC Pin Request Form||2/27/2022|
|PAC Fundraising SOP||Under Review||Available 4/1/22|
|Article for Newsletter – PAC 101 & PAC 101, Part 2 DOC||3/14/2016|
|Donation Log Sheet PDF||2/17/2019|
|Contribution Form for Voluntary Donation PDF||2/17/2019|
|Receipt Forms for Donations DOC||5/30/2018|
|PowerPoint Presentation about PAC and Leg Day PDF (1Mb) or PPT (3Mb)||6/27/2017|
|That ABCs of PAC Committee Trustee (PDF)||6/27/2017|
And the winner is…….
Congratulations to ASCLS Region IV for the largest contribution to the PAC at the 2017 Legislative Symposium in Washington, DC.
Congratulations to ASCLS Region VI for the largest contribution to the PAC at the 2016 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.