The American Optometric Association Political Action Committee is a voluntary nonprofit, unincorporated committee of doctors of optometry. This committee is not affiliated with any political party or other political committee.

Why support AOA-PAC?

As the role of government continues to expand, it becomes increasingly important to support candidates seeking federal office who understand the legislative issues facing optometry. Since the composition of the U.S. Congress changes so frequently, AOA-PAC's role must be a continuing one. AOA-PAC, as well as the AOA Washington office, is your voice in the nation's capital.

What is the purpose of AOA-PAC?

The major purposes of AOA-PAC are:
  • To make contributions from voluntary funds to candidates for national office who have demonstrated their interest in vision care. These contributions are made without regard to party affiliation.
  • To promote the improvement of vision care, public health, and the government by encouraging doctors of optometry to become more aware of government affairs.
  • To encourage doctors of optometry to become more aware of government, important political issues, the records of officeholders and candidates, and their role in this process.

Where does my money go?

Under federal law, incorporated associations, like AOA, cannot contribute to candidates seeking federal office. However, associations can support candidates through the formation of a separate organization, such as a political action committee (i.e., AOA-PAC). Your voluntary contributions are used solely for contributions to candidates seeking federal elective office.

How is my money spent?

Due to its limited funds, AOA-PAC must apply a rigid priority system in allocating its resources. AOA-PAC supports those candidates whose understanding of the profession has previously been demonstrated.

As an AOA-PAC member, do I have a say in spending this money?

As an AOA-PAC member and as one who is politically active, your input is essential in determining those candidates whom AOA-PAC will support. The AOA-PAC Board of Directors, comprised of proven leaders in the optometric profession and appointed without regard to personal party affiliation, approves all contributions from AOA-PAC to candidates seeking federal office.

Donate to AOA-PAC

Disclaimer: Contributions to the AOA-PAC are for political purposes and are not tax deductible. This communication is intended for AOA members only, which alone are able to invest in AOA-PAC; please do not forward. You have the right to refuse to contribute to AOA-PAC without the fear of reprisal, and any guidelines for contributing are merely suggestions; you may contribute more (up to $5,000 per year) or less than the guidelines suggest, or nothing at all. AOA will not advantage or disadvantage anyone by reason of the amount of their contribution or their decision not to contribute. An individual must be a U.S. citizen or lawfully admitted permanent resident to contribute to the PAC. Federal law requires us to use best efforts to collect and report the name, mailing address, occupation, and name of employer of each individual whose contributions exceed $200 in a calendar year.