Join the CVMA Political Action Committee and colleagues as we celebrate this year’s legislative victories and look ahead to the challenges facing Colorado’s veterinarians in 2018. Hear from CVMA President-elect Dr. Will French, CVMA Lobbyist Leo Boyle, CVMA CEO Ralph Johnson, and CEO-designate Diane Matt. Come learn more while enjoying delicious wine and desserts!
1. Make a financial contribution
CVMA | PAC provides essential resources for CVMA’s effort to safeguard the profession. It paves the way for CVMA to open important conversations with legislators. It allows CVMA to legally donate to the re-election campaigns of Colorado legislators who are willing to do the hard work of critical thinking on issues that are important to veterinarians, our patients and their owners.
2. Host a Fundraiser for CVMA | PAC
3. Testify in the State Legislature
4. Serve on the CVMA | PAC Leadership Team
5. Help connect CVMA with legislators
What is a PAC?
A political action committee (PAC) is an organization that pools campaign contributions from members and donates those funds to campaigns for or against candidates, ballot initiatives, or legislation. Member contributions to a PAC are completely voluntary.
Why did CVMA create a PAC?
The CVMA Board of Directors approved the creation of a PAC to:
What does a PAC do?
A PAC is used by many veterinary medical associations (VMAs) – including the American Veterinary Medical Association and many state VMAs – to enhance their involvement with members of Congress or state legislatures in a variety of contexts. Contrary to a common criticism, PACs do not “buy votes.” Rather, a PAC helps provide access to elected officials and their staff whose schedules make it challenging to obtain credible, evidence-based information on issues they are expected to understand in order to create appropriate public policy.
CVMA | PAC serves as an effective tool for educating legislators and their staffs about CVMA and our issues of greatest concern. While CVMA members, staff, and CVMA’s professional lobbyist meet with legislators and staff on a regular basis, a PAC can create more consistent access to policymakers and provide personal opportunities to advance CVMA’s policy agenda. CVMA | PAC also provides members with an opportunity to get involved in grassroots fundraising and advocacy and is an effective way to amplify the collective voice of CVMA members.
Who does CVMA | PAC support?
CVMA | PAC is a non-partisan committee that supports legislators from both major parties. Candidates who receive funding from the PAC are advocates for Colorado’s veterinarians and animals. These candidates have supported CVMA’s legislative efforts and are key allies in safeguarding the practice of veterinary medicine along with protecting animal welfare.
What is the oversight of CVMA | PAC?
The steering committee for CVMA | PAC is made up of CVMA members and the CEO. It is responsible for overseeing money given out (to whom and how much) and for developing goals for the PAC. The committee also ensures that PAC donations are aligned with CVMA policies and priorities. Additionally, all PACs in Colorado are governed by the state’s election laws and must file regular reports with the Colorado Secretary of State’s office.
Are there limits on contributions? Are contributions to CVMA | PAC tax deductible?
Per Colorado state law, individuals may contribute a maximum of $575 per House of Representatives election cycle (2 years). There is no minimum donation level. Contributions to CVMA | PAC are not deductible as charitable contributions for tax purposes.
Why am I asked to provide my occupation and employer on the contribution form?
By law, CVMA | PAC is required to disclose to the Secretary of State’s office the name, address, occupation, and employer of each person who has made a contribution of one hundred dollars or more.