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Nearly 30 years ago, the AANS realized that the decisions made on Capitol Hill and in Washington, D.C. have a profound effect on an individual member's ability to practice neurological surgery. For some of the most important issues facing neurosurgeons, including the need for medical liability reform, stabilization of reimbursement rates, increased research funding, clarification of emergency on-call requirements and others, the road leads through Washington, D.C. Like it or not, federal policymakers have a huge impact on how you practice, when you practice, what you get paid and what patients you see. And this influence is only growing stronger. NeurosurgeryPAC works to ensure neurosurgery has a strong voice on Capitol Hill. Policymakers must know what is important to neurosurgery and our patients; they must know we will fight hard for what we believe is right; and they must be held accountable for their decisions.

What is NeurosurgeryPAC?
NeurosurgeryPAC is the political action committee of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. NeurosurgeryPAC's mission is simple: support candidates for federal office who support neurosurgeons. NeurosurgeryPAC does this by making direct campaign contributions to candidates for the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives who are supportive of the issues important to neurosurgery. NeurosurgeryPAC is nonpartisan and does not base its decisions on party affiliation, but instead focuses on the voting records and campaign pledges of the candidates.

When was NeurosurgeryPAC formed?
NeurosurgeryPAC was formed in August 2005.

Who may contribute to NeurosurgeryPAC?
By law, NeurosurgeryPAC may only solicit contributions from AANS members in the United States who pay dues or have voting privileges. These members include Fellow, Provisional, Lifetime, and Candidate members. Foreign nationals cannot contribute to NeurosurgeryPAC. However, non-citizens who have permanent resident status may contribute to NeurosurgeryPAC. Contributions to NeurosurgeryPAC are entirely voluntary. Eligible donors to NeurosurgeryPAC can click here to download a contribution form

How much may I contribute to NeurosurgeryPAC?
NeurosurgeryPAC may receive up to $5,000 per year from any one individual.

How do I contribute to NeurosurgeryPAC?
AANS members who are citizens of the United States and pay dues or have voting privileges may contribute to NeurosurgeryPAC, as may AANS candidate members. All contributions must be drawn on PERSONAL accounts and any corporate contributions to NeurosurgeryPAC will be used for administrative expenses and other activities permissible under federal law. Contributions are not tax-deductible. Federal law requires NeurosurgeryPAC to use its best efforts to collect and report the name, mailing address, occupation, and the name of the employer of every individual whose contributions exceed $200 in a calendar year. Contributions should be made payable to NeurosurgeryPAC and mailed to: NeurosurgeryPAC, 5550 Meadowbrook Drive, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008-3852.  In addition, eligible donors may contribute online at: https://myaans.aans.org/MyAANS/DonationPAC.aspx.

What information does NeurosurgeryPAC need from contributors?
Federal election law requires that NeurosurgeryPAC obtain the name, address, occupation and name of employer of each contributor.

Is my contribution tax deductible?
No, donations to political action committees are not deductible for federal and state tax purposes.

What will my contribution by used for?
Contributions are used to support federal congressional candidates who support the legislative and political goals of neurosurgeons and their patients.

Who do I contact if I have questions?
Questions regarding NeurosurgeryPAC should be directed to Adrienne Roberts in the NeurosurgeryPAC Washington Office at 202.446.2029 or via email at aroberts@neurosurgery.org.

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