What is IPMAPAC?
The Illinois Podiatric Medical Association Political Action Committee (IPMAPAC) is a nonprofit, bipartisan fundraising committee through which podiatrists support state candidates who champion podiatric medicine's issues in Illinois.
Because of the efforts of IPMAPAC, the profession has gained a state and national presence as a political force.
IPMAPAC neither determines the issues to be addressed on behalf of the profession, nor lobbies on those issues. That is the role of IPMA’s Government Relations Committee, the Board of Directors, and the lobbying firm.
IPMAPAC's role is to support candidates seeking office in the Illinois Assembly and Senate. The only other legal means for such support is through contributions made directly to a candidate by an individual.
Who Receives IPMAPAC Support?
Funds collected by the IPMAPAC are in turn contributed to statewide candidates who are selected without regard to political party. Only candidates seeking a seat in the Illinois Assembly or Senate may be recipients of IPMAPAC's funds. Candidate support is based on:
- A candidate's position on issues—Does the incumbent candidate support podiatric medicine's issues? Is he or she accessible to IPMA members and lobbyists? If a candidate is a non-incumbent, was he or she supportive in the state or local governing structure?
- A candidate's committee appointment—As an incumbent, does the candidate serve on a committee that has jurisdiction over state health policy?
- IPMA member/state component endorsement—Does the candidate have the backing of IPMA members? This criterion is required for support of non-incumbents.
Who May Give to IPMAPAC?
Members and staff of IPMA, their family members, and members and staff of IPMA's component divisions may contribute. Contributions must be from personal funds if they are to be used for contributions to candidates for federal office. Contributions to IPMAPAC must be voluntary and do not qualify for an income tax deduction.