While celebrating ACEP’s 50th Anniversary in San Diego, hundreds of ACEP members also confirmed and celebrated their commitment to advocacy on behalf of emergency medicine and patients. As in years past, ACEP Council members stepped up to the plate during the NEMPAC Council Challenge to ensure that emergency medicine stays at the top of the leaderboard among medical PACs.
NEMPAC collected a record total of more than $350,000 from Council members. Of note is the strong support by all Council members representing the Emergency Medicine Resident Association (EMRA), who strive each year to be the first group within the Council to reach 100-percent participation at the premier “Give-a-Shift” donor level. Thirty-nine state chapters and the Government Services chapter reached 100-percent participation this year. In addition, 38 Past-Presidents and Past-Council Speakers met the challenge of NEMPAC Chairman Peter Jacoby, MD, FACEP and added their support. Combined with thousands of donations from ACEP members across the country, NEMPAC is well on its way to setting an all-time fundraising record to reach a goal of $2.3 million for the 2018 cycle.
This outpouring of support in a pivotal election year will ensure that NEMPAC can continue to educate new and veteran lawmakers and help emergency medicine identify friends and champions in Congress so that ACEP’s ambitious legislative agenda stays on course. NEMPAC is tracking to contribute more than $2 million to 27 Senate candidates and 160 House races. Candidates worthy of NEMPAC support are vetted and approved by the NEMPAC Board of Trustees who value those who will support emergency medicine issues and are committed to bipartisan advocacy.