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The Board of Directors of the American Association of Endodontists donated to ADPAC during the recent ADA meeting in San Francisco. (DTI/Photo AAE)
Nov 15, 2012 | News USA

AAE leaders contribute to ADPAC

by Dental Tribune America

CHICAGO, Ill, USA: The Board of Directors of the American Association of Endodontists (AAE) donated to the American Dental Political Action Committee for the fifth year in a row during the American Dental Association’s Annual Session in San Francisco. All 22 members made a donation of $200 or more, making them Capital Club members of ADPAC.

ADPAC uses their financial contributions to help elect congressional candidates, regardless of party affiliation, who understand the importance of dentistry and oral health. Currently, there are only two members of Congress who are dentists. The group also provides educational opportunities for dentists interested in running for public office to help increase the dental voice in Congress.

“We heartily thank the AAE Board members for their sizable donation to ADPAC, which they make every year,” said ADPAC co-chairman Dr. Gordon R. Isbell. “It is gratifying to see how committed they are to their specialty and the wider dental profession.”

Along with financial contributions, Dr. Ali Behnia, an AAE member, sits on the ADPAC Board to represent the AAE and endodontics while helping to decide how to best push legislation in Washington. The AAE and its Board of Directors hope to act as role models by supporting ADPAC and encouraging all AAE members to follow suit. An article in The Wall Street Journal noted that in 2008, “dentists (through ADPAC) boasted the largest single health care PAC,” and during the 2010 elections, ADPAC gave $13 million to state and local candidates.

“In order for our members stay abreast of what is going on in Washington, we encourage them to sign up for the ADA’s Grassroots Action E-List, which notifies participants when they should contact their representatives in Washington about dental issues,” said Dr. James C. Kulild, AAE president. “It is critical for dentists everywhere to fight for our specialty.”

Individuals can join the Action E-List by visiting the ADA website. Once registered, participants will receive alerts requesting communication with members of Congress as dental and oral health issues arise.

(Source: AAE)


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