MDPAC is the political action committee of the Mississippi Dental Association. This committee provides an opportunity for dentists to collectively contribute to the campaigns of candidates who support the promotion of good oral health and will work with our professionals to address issues. When acting as a group, individual dentists can have significant impact on the political process. MDPAC is non-profit and bi-partisan, with the goal of influencing the political process for the good of dentistry and patients. The MDPAC Board oversees the activities of the group.
State and federal governments are a constant, sometimes intrusive presence in the dental office. With issues such as unsupervised practice by hygienists, patient protection, amalgam waste disposal, HIPAA regulations, and excessive state and federal regulations, we need lawmakers in the Mississippi legislature and U.S. Congress who understand dentistry and oral health care. MDPAC and ADPAC (the American Dental Association’s political action committee) are dentistry’s best hope of electing these individuals.
In addition to making political contributions, MDPAC maintains a statewide contact dentist system so that every politician in the state has a personal friend in dentistry. MDPAC hosts legislative receptions and legislative contact days, furthering the relationship between legislators and dentists.
You can join PAC with a simple contribution. The following are suggestive amounts of commitment levels:
Platinum Membership - $1000
Diamond Membership - $750
Crown Membership - $500
Century Membership - $175 - 499
Active Membership - $50 - 174
Recent Graduate - $35
Student Membership - $10
How to Join MDPAC
Print the MDPAC Membership Form and mail to:
c/o Mississippi Dental Association
439 B Katherine Drive
Flowood, MS 39232
Checks should be made payable to MDPAC.
Please note: MDPAC and ADPAC contributions are voluntary political contributions. The suggested amount is only a suggestion, more or less than the suggested amount may be given, and the amount given or refusal to give will not benefit or disadvantage you. Contributions are not deductible for federal income tax purposes. Federal law requires political committees to report the name, mailing address, occupation and name of employer for each individual whose contributions aggregate in excess of $200 in a calendar year. Mississippi law permits state PACs to accept professional corporation checks.
2012 Platinum Contributors
MDPAC would like to send a special "Thank You" to the 2012 Platinum contributors as of June 19, 2012.
James A. Bennett
Robert L. Smith
District Dental Societies I, III, IV, V and VI also gave at the Platinum level or above.
Contributions collected from November 1, 2011 to October 31, 2012 are counted for the 2012 PAC Calendar Year.
Serving as a Contact Dentist