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ADPAC issues first annual report

Washington—The American Dental Political Action Committee received $1,174,166 from ADA members in 2012 and contributed $1,644,344 to federal candidates and committees, according to ADPAC's first annual report.

"At ADPAC, we are committed to providing our members with clarity on PAC activities and accomplishments, and financial transparency is just one of the ways we practice good business," ADPAC co-chairs Dr. Loren Feldner and Dr. Gordon Isbell said in introducing the 2012 report, One Voice United. "ADPAC is part of the personality of dentistry in America and the influential force behind our country's health care debates. The PAC empowers ADA members to take action and be involved in the political process by helping to elect candidates who share our principles."

The report, posted at ADA's advocacy website, indicates which members of Congress and candidates ADPAC supported in the November 2010-November 2012 election cycle and which "key committees to dentistry" ADPAC focused on. Money is raised annually and disbursed in two-year election cycles.

"ADPAC considers many factors before contributing to a candidate for the U.S. House or U.S. Senate," the report said. "Among these are the committee assignments, accessibility in Washington and in the state/district, leadership positions and positions on dental issues. No incumbent or candidate is entitled to receive funds. States may always choose to not give to an incumbent."

The American Dental Political Action Committee was founded in 1968.