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What is a PAC?
Frequently Asked Question about PennPsyPAC (click on the question below to be directed to the answer you are seeking):
PennPsyPAC is the Pennsylvania Psychological Association’s bipartisan political action committee, the purpose of which is to contribute to candidates seeking elective office who believe in public access to psychological services.
PennPsyPAC is governed by a board of directors consisting of volunteer psychologists in Pennsylvania, including a chairman and treasurer.
PennPsyPAC can receive individual contributions and contributions from other PACs. Corporate contributions are strictly prohibited.
The funds raised from psychologists across Pennsylvania are pooled. They are then used as political contributions to incumbents or candidates. PennPsyPAC contributes to candidates for the Pennsylvania General Assembly and some statewide offices that have been supportive of mental health issues.
Contributions to PennPsyPAC are not deductible for state or
federal tax purposes.
Individuals have two ways to contribute to PennPsyPAC:
Pennsylvania psychologists are directly impacted by laws developed by elected officials. The financial support provided by PennPsyPAC helps to elect more candidates supportive of our agenda. PennPsyPAC contributes to candidates who believe in access to psychological services for every Pennsylvanian.
Pennsylvania psychologists need a strong PAC. Moreover, campaigns are expensive.
Contributions assist candidates in their re-election efforts, keeping
legislators friendly to mental health issues in office.
No. By law, the Pennsylvania Psychological
Association cannot make contributions on your behalf. Psychologists must make all political contributions
personally and voluntarily.
voluntary contributions from PPA members, and occasionally, other PACs.
Members of the PAC Board of Directors make the final decision
on candidate contributions. The Board
considers recommendations from PPA members. In selecting which candidates should receive PAC contributions, votes on
key issues are considered.
It is important to note that the contributions PennPsyPAC makes are not confidential! We make every effort to promote transparency and provide a list of all endorsed candidates on the PAC portion of the PPA website.
By law, PennPsyPAC contributions are also public record.
No. Political contributions are not deductible as charitable
contributions for federal income taxes.
That is great—you should!
But, you should also give to the PennPsyPAC. The PennPsyPAC represents the unified voice
of psychology in Pennsylvania. The pooling of contributions from many
psychologists allows PennPsyPAC to make one large contribution to a candidate
on behalf of psychology in Pennsylvania.
PennPsyPAC is a bipartisan political action committee, and
PPA’s membership is active in both political parties. PennPsyPAC does not support candidates just
because of their party affiliation. The PAC considers the integrity and
character of the candidate; his/her leadership position and committee
assignment; demonstrated interest in and support of mental health issues; and
the opposition he/she faces in an upcoming election.
Any contribution you can make is greatly appreciated. Your participation in the campaign fund is more important than the amount you give. But remember, your contribution goes to support candidates who work for public access to psychological services — psychologists cannot afford to stay on the sidelines.