The Colorado Dental Political Action Committee (CODPAC) raises money to support state legislators who understand the importance of dentistry and are committed to the oral health of Coloradans. CODPAC dollars are the general fund used to educate legislators on dental issues and support legislators who back dentistry’s key issues. CODPAC limits individual contributions to $725 per election cycle.
The Colorado Dental Small Donor Committee (CDSDC) supports legislators who have gone above and beyond their peers to support dentistry – these legislators are dentistry’s best legislative champions. CDSDC has grown to be a notable player in Colorado’s healthcare political giving landscape. CDSDC limits individual contributions to $50 per year, per person, but a small donor committee may give a candidate 10 times more than a regular political action committee, like CODPAC.
The American Dental Political Action Committee (ADPAC) supports congressional candidates who understand the importance of dentistry and its contribution to overall health. Regardless of party affiliation, ADPAC supports candidates who will advocate for dentists and patients.
ADPAC works with dentists who seek public office at local, state and national levels. CDA members may donate directly to ADPAC by visiting https://givetoadpac.ada.org/. ADPAC raises money to support federal legislators who understand the importance of dentistry and are committed to enhancing oral health. ADPAC is designed for only ADA members. $5,000 is the maximum allowable annual contribution for ADPAC.
Each election year, following the state legislative session, the CDA conducts a very thorough screening process to evaluate all candidates running for state legislative office. During this process, the candidates complete a questionnaire worksheet on key dental issues and participate in face-to-face interviews with CODPAC and CDA leadership. This process helps determine what level of support the candidate will receive. If a candidate chooses not to participate in the questionnaire/interview process, he/she is not considered for an endorsement or contribution.
After completing the candidate evaluation process for the 2022 election, CODPAC contributed to friends of dentistry who are seeking seats in the state legislature. The small donor committee made additional contributions.