Legislative Advocacy highlights from the Annual Meeting

November 2016 - Vol. 35, No. 10

2112Legislative Advocacy highlights from the Annual Meeting

Once again, Annual Meeting attendees had the opportunity to learn more about the Academy’s federal legislative priorities, grassroots initiatives, and political programs by visiting one, or both, of the Legislative Advocacy booths. Highlights of our Legislative Advocacy successes during Annual Meeting follow.

PROJECT 535

The Board of Governors and Legislative Advocacy staff are happy to report that the ranks of PROJECT 535 grew by 23 individuals thanks to new volunteers from this year’s Annual Meeting. As a reminder, the goal of PROJECT 535 is to build relationships with federal legislators in every U.S. Congressional seat —435 in the House and 100 in the Senate. PROJECT 535 will help establish key “grasstop” contacts, voting physicians with access to national leaders in every district. As of October 11, 54 percent of districts were “covered” by AAO-HNS Members. Send an email to govtaffairs@entnet.org to sign-up and represent your district/state.

ENT PAC success at Annual Meeting

Thanks to the generous support of its Investors, ENT PAC, the Academy’s political action committee, raised more than $20,000 during the AAO-HNSF 2016 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM.*

Lunch among Advocacy leaders

On September 19, the ENT PAC Board of Advisors hosted the annual Advocacy Leadership Luncheon. Attendees included 2016 ENT PAC Chairman’s Club donors, representatives from the various AAO-HNS Sections and the Board of Governors, as well as other key advocacy leaders. During the event, attendees discussed critical healthcare issues with special guest speaker, U.S. Representative Raul Ruiz, MD (D-CA). For more information about the ENT PAC Leadership Clubs, email entpac@entnet.org.

ENT PAC Thank You Reception

On September 19, ENT PAC Investors were invited to attend the annual PAC Thank You Reception. This year’s event took place at The Shout! House in San Diego’s popular Gaslamp District. Attendees enjoyed a night of music and camaraderie during a private “dueling pianos” show. The ENT PAC Board of Advisors and staff thank all our 2016 PAC Investors!

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*Contributions to ENT PAC are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. Contributions are voluntary, and all Members of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery have the right to refuse to contribute without reprisal. Federal law prohibits ENT PAC from accepting contributions from foreign nationals. By law, if your contributions are made using a personal check or credit card, ENT PAC may use your contribution only to support candidates in federal elections. All corporate contributions to ENT PAC will be used for educational and administrative fees of ENT PAC, and other activities permissible under federal law. Federal law requires ENT PAC to use its best efforts to collect and report the name, mailing address, occupation, and the name of the employer of individuals whose contributions exceed $200 in a calendar year. ENT PAC is a program of the AAO-HNS which is exempt from federal income tax under section 501 (c) (6) of the Internal Revenue Code.