A tight race in a swing district was once again the backdrop for AMPAC’s annual Campaign School on April 13-17 in Arlington, VA. 27 participants from 15 states (AR, CA, CT, DC, GA, HI, IA, IN, MA, NE, NY, OH, OK, PA, VA) worked on the Congressional “campaigns” of either a Democrat or Republican. The participants included 21 physicians, 3 medical students and 3 spouses.
The program opened with a talk from U.S. Senator (and AMPAC alumnus) John Barrasso, MD of Wyoming. Dr. Barrasso talked about his path to public service, starting with his weekly appearances on television 30 years ago that helped him become known as “Wyoming’s Doctor.” Reflecting on a half-decade in the state legislature followed by almost 10 years in the U.S. Senate, he recommended that aspiring physician officeholders sharpen their communicating skills, keeping in mind that they need to master the newest communication channels. Dr. Barrasso reminded the participants that more doctors are needed in public office, but that campaigns require careful planning and a willingness to take advantage of opportunities when they arise. He noted that plenty of candidates with great campaign plans still lose elections, but no candidate ever got elected without a great plan. (more…)
On April 15-19, AMPAC (the AMA’s political action committee) hosted the 2015 edition of the Campaign School in Arlington, VA. The passage of the SGR repeal (H.R. 2) in the U.S. Senate on April 14 set the tone for a very excited and engaged group of participants. There were a total of 28 participants: 19 physicians, 4 medical students, 4 spouses and one state society staffer. The participants came from 18 states: AZ, CA, DC, HI, IL, KS, KY, LA, MORE
On January 17, AMPAC conducted the first Regional Grassroots and Campaign Seminar of 2015 in Jefferson City, MO as part of the Missouri State Medical Association’s (MSMA) Grassroots Advocacy Training Workshop. Approximately 40 physicians and friends of medicine were in attendance, including AMA immediate Past Chair David O. Barbe, MD, MHA and MSMA President Jeffrey Copeland, MD. The Workshop coincided with the opening of the Missouri’s legislative session, as MSMA looks to make progress on priority items like restoring a MORE
AMPAC is proud to announce the winner of the 2015 AMPAC Belle Chenault Award for Political Participation, Kimberly Moser of Kentucky. As a committed activist on behalf of physicians across the Bluegrass State, Kim has served as Chair of Kentucky Physicians’ PAC (KPPAC) since September 2013 and has been a dedicated volunteer on several campaigns important to medicine. According Nancy Swikert, MD, Treasurer of KPPAC, “[Kim Moser’s] dedication, zeal, political contacts, and unmatched political acumen have revitalized KPPAC since she MORE