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MN-PT PAC at Work

How Funding Works

MN PT-PAC uses the contributions to donate to influential candidates and to political party caucuses. The decision-making process for these contributions is a collaborative effort of MN PT-PAC and the MNPTA Government Affairs Committee. When a candidate or caucus holds a fundraising event, constituents and/or members are asked to attend the event in person to make the donation and build relationships with the candidate or members of the political caucus. When there is not a fundraising event, constituents and/or members are asked to hand the donation in person to the candidate to build a relationship with the candidate.


Recent PT-PAC Fundraiser Stories

Build Relationships

Political fundraisers are only one tool to build your relationship with your Members of the State Legislature and their staff. Below are some other ways to communicate with your Legislators:


Host a Practice Visit at your Work Site

Hosting a practice visit with legislators is an alternative to visiting the state capitol, where constituents rarely get more than 10 or 15 minutes to explain their issue and often come away from their long-awaited meeting wondering if their message was heard and understood.

Your physical therapy practice is an environment that can be much more conducive to educating policy makers on the issues that affect PTs, PTAs, and their patients. It may seem commonplace to you, but to a legislator or policy maker with only a general awareness of the profession it is an amazing classroom — the "front line" where complex health care policy meets the realities of face-to-face, hands-on care that individual patients need to maintain their health. When you invite your legislators into your practice, you bring them into personal contact with the profession of physical therapy. Even more important, you bring them into personal contact with your patients — their constituents — who know the benefits of physical therapy firsthand and can be some of the strongest advocates for PT issues.


Attend a Town Hall Meeting

Schedule a Visit in their District Office

Campaign Support

Volunteering for a candidate's campaign can be a great way to build a strong relationship with a future or current State Legislator (especially if they win). Keep in mind that you are a constituent in their district, that you are representing the physical therapy profession by virtue of holding a PT of PTA license, and that you vote. This is a very powerful way to become a trusted source of information for the elected official regarding physical therapy and healthcare issues. 


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