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RADPAC Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I already make contributions directly to candidates for federal office. Why should i make a contribution to RADPAC?
RADPAC encourages ACRa members to get involved in campaigns, particularly when the member has a personal relationship with a member of Congress or candidate. The advantage of contributing to RADPAC is that it sends a strong, collective message that the members of the ACRa are an involved and active group who merit the candidate's attention on issues important to health care in general and to the profession of radiology in particular.
Q: Why is RADPAC important to members like me?
RADPAC's growth in size and presence is very important, as Congress addresses many issues affecting radiology, such as mammography reimbursement; Medicare reform; patient safety; medical liability; and reauthorization of the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA).
It is critical for radiology as a profession to have its voice heard on Capitol Hill through a bipartisan political action committee that supports members of Congress and candidates for Congress who are helpful to the radiology community.
Q: What is the difference between ACR & ACRa?
The ACR is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) organization. Called (c)(3)s for short, such organizations are devoted exclusively to charitable, educational or scientific endeavors. The Internal Revenue Service prohibits (c)(3)s from getting involved in political campaigns or fundraising and limits the amount of money they can spend on lobbying.
The ACR has established a nonprofit professional organization known as the ACR Association (ACRa) under section 501(c)(6) of the tax code. Such (c)(6) organizations are designed to promote the interests of their members. As a (c)(6) organization, the ACRa allows the profession of radiology to significantly increase its advocacy and lobbying efforts.
The ACR will continue to be a (c)(3) organization focused on its educational and quality-enhancement missions.
Q: How can I stay up-to-date with what RADPAC is doing?
RADPAC contributors receive regular updates as part of their benefits package. You can also follow us on twitter and LinkedIn and never hesitate to reach out with any questions!
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