Association of Physician Organization-Affiliated Political Action Committee Contributions With US House of Representatives and Senate Candidates’ Stances on Firearm Regulation

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Association of Physician Organization-Affiliated Political Action Committee Contributions With US House of Representatives and Senate Candidates’ Stances on Firearm Regulation

Category: Firearm Policies|Journal: JAMA Network Open (full text)|Author: H Decker, J Schuur, O Baker|Year: 2019

Question Do US physician organization–affiliated political action committees make campaign contributions to US House of Representatives and Senate candidates whose stances on firearm regulation align with their own?

Findings This cross-sectional study of the 25 largest physician organization–affiliated political action committees during the 2016 election cycle compared candidate contributions from the committees and US House of Representatives and Senate candidates’ support for firearm regulation. Physician organization–affiliated political action committees contributed more money and to a higher proportion of candidates who voted against expanding firearm background checks, an evidence-based policy to reduce firearm-related injury and death.

Meaning The findings suggest that contribution patterns of most physician organization–affiliated political action committees are inconsistent with their policy recommendations for evidence-based firearm regulation and may pose a barrier for effective advocacy on this issue.

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