CVMA Political Action Committee (CVMA-PAC) Information
The CVMA-PAC is a bipartisan political action committee whose purpose is to educate state legislators and candidates on issues of importance to the veterinary profession. A strong CVMA-PAC allows the CVMA the opportunity to share our message with legislators, build relationships, and preserve the high quality of veterinary medicine.
The CVMA-PAC is overseen by a board of veterinarians who focus on the goals of the California Veterinary Medical Association and assist in its mission of serving its membership and community through innovative leadership, and to improving animal and human health in an ethically and socially responsible manner.
How the CVMA-PAC Works
The CVMA-PAC is “by veterinarians, for veterinarians.” Your CVMA colleagues serve on the PAC board with the responsibility of preserving the financial viability of the CVMA-PAC, approving all PAC expenditures, and establishing grass roots outreach methods in legislator districts.
- Supports state legislators who are supportive of the veterinary profession.
- Allows veterinary professionals to magnify their individual voices.
- Helps CVMA build relationships with legislators in their districts through grass roots outreach.
- Provides a bipartisan means for the CVMA and our lobbyists to advocate for the veterinary profession and animals.
The Local Connection
CVMA members might be surprised to learn how many local connections we discover exist between veterinarians and the candidates or new legislators in office. Many of you are friends and neighbors to several of the current legislators, which is abundantly helpful to CVMA’s effort of building relationships and establishing “Key Members” in each legislative district. In addition to CVMA’s participation in many Sacramento fundraiser events, we want to also encourage our members to attend local “district” fundraisers for candidates and incumbents and serve as “CVMA Key Members.” District fundraising events are an opportunity to meet the Assembly member or Senator and most likely, other local officials and business leaders in a casual environment. A healthy CVMA-PAC makes participation in these events possible for you and your colleagues. (Please contact the CVMA staff at email@example.com if you would like to attend a local fundraising event for a legislator in your community.)
Contribute to the CVMA-PAC
CVMA-PAC contributions are not tax-deductible as charitable contributions for state or federal income tax purposes.
Two ways to contribute:
Ensuring CVMA Remains “At the Table”
The CVMA is anticipating an extremely active legislative session, and in order to ensure that the CVMA remains “at the table” on big issues, your participation in the CVMA-PAC is more important than ever. Remember, this isn’t about your politics…this is about your profession. Thank you for your support.
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