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WISMedPAC reaches Annual Meeting goal

Attendees at the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Annual Meeting had the opportunity to vote twice for the presidential candidate of their choice this week—once in Wisconsin’s primary election on Tuesday, the other during WISMedPAC’s informal straw poll, held Saturday and Sunday.

The Democratic winner in the straw poll was former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a close vote with U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt), who easily won the Wisconsin primary on Tuesday. Republican candidate John Kasich, current governor of Ohio, was the clear winner at the Annual Meeting, despite a distant finish behind front-runners Donald Trump and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) on Tuesday.

The straw poll, which involved voting by placing a Rolo candy in the preferred candidate’s mason jar, was part of WISMedPAC’s goal to increase awareness of the importance of political giving during this election year. Their efforts were successful, raising $21,000 for the Society’s political giving programs.

“We have seen steady growth in our political giving programs over the past three years—in part, because the Society’s conduit, WISMedDIRECT, allows physicians to contribute to the candidates of their choice at both the state and federal levels. We hope to see this growth continue and, with the upcoming Presidential election, there’s no better time to add your support,” said Society CEO Rick Abrams, JD.

In addition to the straw poll and other awareness efforts, the WISMedPAC Board met Saturday morning. They approved officers for 2016, re-electing Chair John Hartman, MD, Vice Chair Allan Levin, MD, and Secretary/Treasurer Paul Wertsch, MD. AMPAC representatives Vidya Kora, MD, and Terri Folk, were also there to discuss AMPAC’s role. The next WISMedPAC board meeting is in July.

To learn more about WISMedPAC and WISMedDIRECT, click here, or contact Heidi Green at 608.442.3720.

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