RadPac, the political action committee of the American College of Radiology had its biggest year yet in terms of donations and now ranks third among all health care PACs in terms of dollars raised. Only the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Dental Association raised more, according to Federal Election Commission (FEC) data.
On December 10 RadPac announced on Twitter that it had so far received 2,713 individual contributions totaling $1,179,984, plus $89,144 in soft money for total of nearly $1.27 million.
According to FEC data on OpenSecrets.org, the PAC spent a bit more than it took in during the 2012 election cycle. Having started with more than half a million in cash on hand, it donated more than $2.85 million to candidates, other PACs and parties.
Broken down by party, 29 percent of donations to federal candidates went to Democrats and 71 percent went to Republicans.
Money raised for political contributions by the American College of Radiology has grown steadily over the years. A decade ago, it raised just $530,917, but by the 2010 election cycle, it was up to $2.36 million. This last election cycle is exceeding the 2010 election cycle by 10 percent. In terms of money spent, the 2012 election cycle is up more than 40 percent from the previous election cycle.