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What is the California Healthcare Institute State Political Action Committee?
The California Healthcare Institute State Political Action Committee (CHIPAC) is a bipartisan state political action committee established to solicit voluntary political contributions. The CHIPAC enables companies and individuals to combine their resources to support state-level candidates who demonstrate a dedication to understanding California’s biomedical industry, encouraging the industry to flourish in the state, and fostering drug, device and diagnostics innovation. Unlike federal law, corporations are allowed under California law to make political contributions to a state PAC.
What is the purpose of the CHIPAC?
The purpose of the CHIPAC is to elevate awareness of the biomedical industry’s goals through increased education and participation in the political process in California. The CHIPAC aims to educate, inform and elect candidates to state office who will support and promote California’s biomedical industry. The CHIPAC allows the biomedical industry to support candidates for office that share our values and want to help our industry conduct business in California; develop, commercialize and market new medical products; and maintain a highly skilled workforce.
Why contribute to the CHIPAC?
The CHIPAC allows you and your company the opportunity to unite with other industry leaders to ensure that Sacramento policy makers hear your views. Elected officials in California have direct influence on how you and your company conduct business in the state and how your products are developed, regulated and marketed in California. By contributing to the CHIPAC, you can help ensure that key officials understand and appreciate the unique challenges facing medical innovators.
Who may contribute to the CHIPAC?
Any individual or company that has an interest in maintaining a business, legal and regulatory climate that supports and advances biomedical innovation in California may contribute to the CHIPAC.
How does the CHIPAC decide where to direct political contributions?
All members of the CHIPAC are involved in decisions on directing political contributions to state-level candidates. In addition, members of the CHIPAC meet with candidates and evaluate the candidates’ positions on key issues of concern to the biomedical industry. The CHIPAC may also contribute to those already in office who have demonstrated leadership in advancing biomedical innovation and patient access in California.
How much may I contribute to the CHIPAC?
Participation in the CHIPAC is voluntary and there is no minimum or maximum donation. A suggested contribution level for personal donations, consistent with average contributions to other PACs, is ½ percent to 1 percent of salary. Annual contributors receive a wide array of benefits based on their contribution level including complimentary event attendance, recognition by the CHIPAC and educational materials.
How do I join the CHIPAC?
Join the CHIPAC now by completing our PAC participation form with a contribution. United we can support candidates who encourage medical innovation, advance product development, and promote the growth of the life sciences industry in California.
Questions? Contact Eve Bukowski (916-443-5576 or Bukowski@chi.org).
WHY JOIN CHI?
CHI is the most effective and efficient channel for your political action. For 20 years, CHI has been the voice of the California biomedical community in Sacramento and Washington D.C. representing the leading biotechnology, diagnostics, medical device and pharmaceutical companies and public and private academic biomedical research organizations in the state.