1983: ACEP Washington, D.C., office opened.
1987: Articles of Association of NEMPAC initially approved by a vote of the ACEP Board of Directors.
A $25 “suggested amount” for NEMPAC was added to the ACEP dues statement. The amount has been raised three times since then, and is currently $200.
1990s: Inception of the Annual ACEP Council Challenge at the ACEP Annual Meeting with a goal of 100 percent participation by all ACEP Councillors present. The first challenge raised $15,000.
1999: NEMPAC conducted the first independent expenditure campaign by commissioning a poll for a member of congress in Pennsylvania.
2000: ACEP Board approved first telemarketing campaign for NEMPAC, which raised $134,200, nearly one-third of NEMPAC receipts in that year.
2004: NEMPAC raised more than $500,000 for the first time.
2005: “Give-a-Shift” campaign began, and 146 ACEP members gave at that level in 2005. Currently, more than 600 ACEP members donate at this level.
ACEP Board member Angela Gardner, MD, set an example for others during the 2005 Annual Meeting, writing a check to NEMPAC that equaled her compensation for one shift. She challenged other ACEP members to do the same, and the “Give-a-Shift” campaign was launched.
2008: EM Groups began to organize campaigns to support NEMPAC. CEP and EMP set the bar, with both groups collecting more than $100,000 from their ACEP member physicians. Eastside Emergency Physicians and FEP begin the tradition of 100 percent participation in NEMPAC at the Give-a-Shift level by all of their ACEP member physicians.
The ACEP Board of Directors voted in April 2008 to restructure the NEMPAC Board of Trustees, adding members, developing governance structure, and adding more trustee responsibilities.
NEMPAC exceeded $1 million in receipts for the first time, a goal set by ACEP Board of Directors), raising $1,045,136.
NEMPAC published its first comprehensive election report for distribution to all ACEP members.
NEMPAC jumped to fourth among specialty physician PAC receipts and remains there today.
In the 1988 elections, NEMPAC contributed just under $100,000 to 13 Senate and 73 congressional candidates. Thirty years later, NEMPAC is tracking to contribute more than $2.2 million to 27 Senate candidates, 150 House candidates, and other national party committees.
2010: NEMPAC raised and spent more than $2 million for federal candidates and party committees, an all-time high. NEMPAC has consistently reached and exceeded this $2 million mark in every election cycle since.
NEMPAC began to recognize ACEP members who donated at the Give-a-Shift level consecutively for five years.