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SpinePAC’s purpose is to work within the federal election process to further the goals of the society through direct involvement in supporting candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. This is accomplished through educating our profession on the importance of political activism and through the financial support of candidates who support the NASS mission of ensuring patient access to the highest quality specialty care.

In short: SpinePAC serves as the voice of our profession in elective politics and is the only PAC solely dedicated to advancing in the interest of the spine care community. The combined voice of more than 6,000 spine care professionals can help ensure the ability to serve our patients is not hindered.

Political Action Committees, or PACs, “are political committees established and administered by corporations, labor unions, membership organizations or trade associations. These committees can only solicit contributions from individuals associated with connected or sponsoring organizations.” (www.fec.gov)  PACs are simply groups of like-minded individuals who pool their resources to achieve a common goal. A PAC can make contributions: to federal candidates running for office of $5,000/election, to state/district/local party committees (combined) of $5,000 per year, and to a national party committee of $15,000/year.

SpinePAC is highly principled and bipartisan. It has established rules that govern its contributions. These rules and the operations of the PAC are administered by NASS6 Board of Directors who serve as PAC Trustees and approve all expenditures.

SpinePAC does not contribute to debt retirement believing that campaigns should exemplify fiscal responsibility and operate within available resources, just like our members.

The requirements for a candidate to receive a contribution from SpinePAC are:
  • - Individuals must be an announced candidate for federal office.
  • - Current elected officials must have a 60% positive NASS voting record on legislation endorsed by the Legislative Committee
  • - A first-time candidate must complete the SpinePAC Candidate Questionnaire (approved by the Legislative Committee). In addition, non-incumbent candidates must meet with NASS staff or a local NASS member prior to being considered for an endorsement.
  • - SpinePAC will only support one candidate for each office in any given cycle.
The requirements for a Leadership PAC to receive a contribution from SpinePAC are:
  • - The Leadership PAC must be for a current Member of Congress who meets all other SpinePAC criteria for a contribution.
  • - The Member of Congress must have a leadership role or be a chairman/ranking member of a committee important to NASS issues.
To make a request, a NASS member must contact NASS Advocacy staff and formally request that it make a disbursement for a specified amount to a candidate or Leadership PAC. Federal election law limits the amount to $5,000 per election (primary, general, run-off, special).Once the request is received and provided all required conditions are met, it is forwarded to the NASS6 Board of Directors for approval.

All requests are reviewed to ensure the aforementioned criteria are met. SpinePAC also ensures that the election is competitive, and that there is a chance of victory. While SpinePAC does contribute to “underdog” candidates, it must take a realistic look at the likelihood of victory to ensure proper fiduciary responsibility to donors.

Items that SpinePAC will review when considering requests include, but are not limited to:
  • - Demographic profile of the district, such as voter registration data
  • - Previous election results
  • - Fundraising capability and campaign cash-on-hand figures
  • - Endorsements by local elected officials, political party organizations and media
  • - Polling data
2017-2018 SpinePAC Cycle Report
2019-2020 SpinePAC Candidate Support Cheat Sheet

In accordance with federal election law, SpinePAC may only solicit contributions from NASS members in the United States who pay dues or have voting privileges. These members include active, active provisional, lifetime, and candidate members. Foreign nationals cannot contribute to SpinePAC. Contributions to SpinePAC are entirely voluntary.

SpinePAC is funded through non-tax exempt, personal contributions from individuals in NASS’s “restricted class.”The restricted class includes any NASS member that is actively paying dues. At no time can an individual that is “prospective” contribute to SpinePAC.

Who may be solicited on behalf of SpinePAC:
  • - Executive & administrative staff of the association
  • - Active individual NASS members
  • - Families of these groups

Contributions may be made online through our DONATE page.

Questions regarding SpinePAC should be directed to the DC Office at (630) 230-3671 or via email.

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SpinePAC Advisory CommitteeMeet our Leadership

Jeffrey Epstein
Jeffrey Epstein
Neurosurgeon
Vice Chair
Michael Klein
Michael Klein
Orthopedic Surgeon
Co-Chair
Donna Lahey
Donna Lahey
Nurse
Co-Chair
Samy Abdou
Neurosurgeon
Kasra Ahmadinia
Orthopedic Surgeon
Ryan Burdick
Chiropractor
Paul Gause
Orthopedic Surgeon
David Gendelberg
Orthopedic Surgeon
Stephanie Halloran
Chiropractor
Haariss Ilyas
Orthopedic Surgeon
Deeptee Jain
Orthopedic Surgeon
Kevin Khalsa
Orthopedic Surgeon
Eren Kuris
Orthopedic Surgeon
Douglas Pahl
Orthopedic Surgeon
Sheeraz Qureshi
Orthopedic Surgeon
Brandon Rebholz
Orthopedic Surgeon
Michael Steinmetz
Neurosurgeon
Daniel Stanford