Our Opponents Continue to Raise the Stakes
Anyone paying attention to the media and state and Federal issues must have noticed a steady increase in the frequency and intensity of the attacks on our industry. Unfortunately, there are other ominous signs to which we must pay close attention.
While the ITA has significantly increased our political outreach, the other side is on steroids! According to the watchdog group, Opensecrets.org, the American Academy of Dermatology Political Action Committee raised over one million dollars in 2012!
Specifically, Opensecrets.org reports that the AAD-PAC donated about $580,000 to House and Senate candidates and Federal officeholders last cycle: $177,000 to House Democrats, $244,000 to House Republicans, $52,500 to Senate Democrats and $32,000 to Senate Republicans.
The AAD’s spending spree doesn’t stop with political donations. In addition, the AAD spent another million dollars on lobbying last year. Clearly, we have a formidable opponent whose goal is to shut down your business. It is imperative that we stay united and work together to thwart this threat.
If you are interested in more specific information on what the AAD is doing in Washington, visit OpenSecrets.org and search the American Academy of Dermatology.
was the President of the Indoor Tanning Association.
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