Should I contribute money to a Lobbying organization?
I get mail frequently to contribute money to AMPAC, the American Medical Association’s Lobbying organization. I have not given them money, and I feel this is because I have been inundated with messages like lobbies and special interests are the problem in our country, blah blah blah.
I know that’s too broad a stroke to paint on every lobby, but I feel especially industrial and professional lobbies are protectionist in nature instead of trying to solve problems. They say “you can’t enact this, or enact that, because it’s good for our organization”, but they never try to think of plans which compromise and suggest alternatives. AMPAC is working hard to repeal the SGR, and I’m sure doctors offices will feel the bite if the SGR hits next year, but they are not suggesting where the money to fund the repeal should come from.
Have my brains been buffeted too much by political campaign ads? Or should I not become part of the problem?
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