Contributions to the Neurosurgery Political Action Committee (NeurosurgeryPAC): A Historical Perspective

Nitin Agarwal, Prateek Agarwal, Tavis M. Taylor, Adrienne R. Mortimer, Jason D. Stacy, Mark Spatola, Catherine A. Mazzola, Katie O. Orrico, Robert F. Heary

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Abstract

Background: The political action committee (PAC) of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, known as NeurosurgeryPAC, was formed in August 2005 to strengthen neurosurgical advocacy efforts. Since its establishment, NeurosurgeryPAC has made nonpartisan, direct campaign contributions to hundreds of candidates for the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. Methods: Historical contribution data for 2005–2018 was obtained from NeurosurgeryPAC. Data analyzed by year, and a 2-year election cycle included total amount raised, number of contributors, average donation, and percent participation. NeurosurgeryPAC contribution amounts for election cycles were also compared with those of other physician PACs. Results: NeurosurgeryPAC has raised $2,953,870 since its inception in 2005, for an average of $210,991 per year. For this fundraising, the average annual donation amount is $796 per donor. The number of unique contributors per cycle has varied from 316–504, with an average of 389 individuals per annum and a participation rate of 7.8%. To date, the total amount raised in election years ($1,605,940) is 16.1% higher than that raised in nonelection years ($1,347,930). Among 28 physician PACs, NeurosurgeryPAC has ranked as high as 13 and as low as 17 in total hard money contributions. The orthopedic, neurology and general surgery PACs have consistently ranked higher than NeurosurgeryPAC, whereas the otolaryngology, spine, and plastic surgery PACs have ranked lower. Conclusions: Since its creation, NeurosurgeryPAC has collected a steady stream of donations to support political candidates. These donations have helped lawmakers who are supportive of policy issues important to neurosurgery, particularly physician reimbursement, medical liability reform, and graduate medical education. However, there remains a significant opportunity to increase the neurosurgeon participation rate in this vital organization. It is truly through advocacy that we will be able to positively affect the future of neurologic surgery in the United States.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)273-279
Number of pages7
JournalWorld Neurosurgery
Volume135
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2020

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

Keywords

  • Advocacy
  • NeurosurgeryPAC
  • Political action committee

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Agarwal, N., Agarwal, P., Taylor, T. M., Mortimer, A. R., Stacy, J. D., Spatola, M., Mazzola, C. A., Orrico, K. O., & Heary, R. F. (2020). Contributions to the Neurosurgery Political Action Committee (NeurosurgeryPAC): A Historical Perspective. World Neurosurgery, 135, 273-279. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wneu.2019.12.082