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AAOS Orthopaedic PAC The Orthopaedic PAC is the only national political action committee representing the interests of orthopaedic surgeons in the nations.

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1 AAOS Orthopaedic PAC The Orthopaedic PAC is the only national political action committee representing the interests of orthopaedic surgeons in the nations capital. It is our sole voice on Capitol Hill!

2 The Orthopaedic PAC The Political Action Committee of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, or The Orthopaedic PAC is the only national political action committee in Washington, D.C., representing orthopaedic surgeons before Congress. The Political Action Committee of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, or The Orthopaedic PAC is the only national political action committee in Washington, D.C., representing orthopaedic surgeons before Congress. The Orthopaedic PAC was formed in 1999 to help advance the legislative agenda of the AAOS and subspecialty orthopaedic groups. The Orthopaedic PAC was formed in 1999 to help advance the legislative agenda of the AAOS and subspecialty orthopaedic groups. Today, it is among the top fundraising PACs of all the specialty physician political action committees in the United States. Today, it is among the top fundraising PACs of all the specialty physician political action committees in the United States. The Orthopaedic PAC is the foundation of the AAOS advocacy effort and continued participation is necessary to ensure that orthopaedic surgeons can effectively advocate legislative issues to Congress. The Orthopaedic PAC is the foundation of the AAOS advocacy effort and continued participation is necessary to ensure that orthopaedic surgeons can effectively advocate legislative issues to Congress.

3 The Orthopaedic PAC: by the Numbers Hard dollar contributions (personal): $2,621,720 Hard dollar contributions (personal): $2,621,720 Soft dollar contributions (corporate): $923,998 Soft dollar contributions (corporate): $923,998 Total this cycle (hard & soft): $3,545,718 Total this cycle (hard & soft): $3,545,718 Average contribution per AAOS fellow: $ Average contribution per AAOS fellow: $ Total PAC contributors: 5,096 Total PAC contributors: 5,096 Out of 18,318 AAOS fellows, just 5,096 or 28% are current PAC contributors.

4 The Orthopaedic PAC: by the Numbers Strength in numbers: hard dollars only Strength in numbers: hard dollars only

5 The Orthopaedic PAC: by the Numbers Strength in numbers: total federal disbursements Strength in numbers: total federal disbursements House Republicans: $897,500 - House Democrats: $264,000 House Republicans: $897,500 - House Democrats: $264,000 Senate Republicans: $112,000 - Senate Democrats: $32,500 Senate Republicans: $112,000 - Senate Democrats: $32,500 Total Disbursements: $1,306,000 Total Disbursements: $1,306,000

6 The Orthopaedic PAC: by the Numbers Health Professional PACs (Contributions from Members: Hard dollars only) Health Professional PACs (Contributions from Members: Hard dollars only) PACTotal ContributionsLatest ReportRank American Society of Anesthesiologists$2,478,434July 31, American Assoc of Orthopaedic Surgeons$2,371,665June 30, American College of Radiology$2,344,339July 31, American Dental Association$2,026,700August 31, American Medical Association$1,673,838August 31, American Optometric Association$1,574,291August 31, American College of Emergency Physicians$1,470,052June 30, *PACs can select different FEC filing dates. This table reflects the latest FEC information available.

7 The Orthopaedic PAC: 2012 Cycle Thus far, in the 2012 election cycle, the PAC is involved in: Thus far, in the 2012 election cycle, the PAC is involved in: 187 House races 187 House races 32 Senate races 32 Senate races 219 total Congressional races 219 total Congressional races The Orthopaedic PAC is also preparing to launch radio ads for targeted candidates in the coming weeks with an independent expenditure budget of $850,000. The Orthopaedic PAC is also preparing to launch radio ads for targeted candidates in the coming weeks with an independent expenditure budget of $850,000.

8 Advocacy in Your Community In addition to visiting Washington, DC offices, AAOS fellows are encouraged to schedule appointments or host political fundraisers for their legislators in the local district. In addition to visiting Washington, DC offices, AAOS fellows are encouraged to schedule appointments or host political fundraisers for their legislators in the local district. This year, AAOS fellows have hosted/attended 58 fundraisers in their local community sponsored by the Orthopaedic PAC. This year, AAOS fellows have hosted/attended 58 fundraisers in their local community sponsored by the Orthopaedic PAC.

9 Get Your Colleagues Involved!

10 Thank you for your generous support and involvement in the Orthopaedic PAC! For more information about the Orthopaedic PAC please contact Kristin Leighty, PAC Manager in the AAOS Office of Government Relations at or


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