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Colorado Political Giving:
Colorado Dental PAC (CODPAC) and Colorado Dental Small Donor Committee (CDSDC)

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About CODPAC
CODPAC is a political action committee (PAC) that raises money to support state legislators who understand the importance of dentistry and are committed to the oral health of Coloradans. CODPAC dollars are the general fund used to educate legislators on dental issues and support legislators who back dentistry's key issues.

2013-2014 CODPAC Giving:
Amount Raised:
Number of Contributors:


$4,285
 266

About CDSDC
Given the significance of dentistry’s upcoming political issues, in 2013, the CDA created a new type of political giving organization called the Colorado Dental Small Donor Committee (CDSDC). Individual contributions to a small donor committee are limited to $50 per year, per person. But, a small donor committee may give a candidate more than 10 times more than a regular political action committee, like CODPAC. CDSDC dollars are used to support legislators who have gone above and beyond their peers to support dentistry - dentistry's best legislative champions.

2013-2014 CDSDC Giving:
Amount Raised:
Number of Contributors:


$15,145
313

Both CODPAC and CDSDC play a critical role in increasing dentistry's prominence at the state Capitol. Partnering a small donor committee together with CODPAC positions dentistry among a handful of elite political influencers in Colorado healthcare.


2015 Legislative Agenda
The 2015 legislative session will bring more critical issues for dentistry, including the potential for additional efforts to authorize dental mid-level providers, continued conversations about the sustainability of Medicaid rates and dental loan forgiveness programs, and possible efforts to reform dental insurance.  

2014 Legislative Accomplishments
In 2014, your political contributions worked to influence state legislators to:

  • Protect your practice and enhance professional standards during a complete legislative review of Colorado’s Dental Practice Act.
  • Prevent efforts to authorize dental mid-level providers.
  • Increase reimbursement rates, add an adult denture benefit and create financial incentive programs for dental Medicaid providers. 

2014 Election - Legislators Supported
Each election year, following the state legislative session, the CDA conducts a screening process to evaluate all candidates running for state legislative office. During this process, the candidates complete a questionnaire on key dental issues and participate in interviews with CODPAC leadership. This process helps determine what level of support the candidate will receive. If a candidate chose not to participate in the interview/questionnaire process, they were not considered for an endorsement or contribution. After completing the candidate evaluation process for 2014, CODPAC contributed almost $24,000 to support friends of dentistry who are seeking seats in the state legislature. An additional $9,000 was contributed by the newly formed small donor committee. Note: CDA members may login to access expanded information on CODPAC endorsements.

2013 Legislative Accomplishments
In 2013, your political contributions influenced state legislators to:

  • Help stop a drafted 2013 bill to authorize a new type of dental mid-level provider. Following dentistry’s 2012’s political giving process, proponents of dental mid-level providers could not get needed legislator and stakeholder support, and withdrew the anticipated bill.
  • Increase reimbursement rates 4.5% for dental Medicaid providers.
  • Pass Senate Bill 13-242, a bill to provide dental benefits to Medicaid-eligible adults.

2012 Election - Legislators Supported: 
In 2012, all candidates running for seats in the state legislature received a briefing packet on dental issues and were asked to participate in a CODPAC questionnaire and interview process as a prerequisite to receiving a CODPAC contribution. This questionnaire and interview process helps to ensure that CODPAC supports candidates that are well aligned with dentistry on key issues, and helps make CODPAC’s funding decisions as objective as possible. CODPAC distributed a briefing packet and an associated questionnaire that asked candidates their position on several key dental issues to all candidates running for office. CODPAC endorsements and support were extended only to candidates who submitted these questionnaires or participated in an interview.  If a candidate chose to not participate in the interview/questionnaire process they were not considered for an endorsement or contribution. Endorsements were given only to dentistry’s best legislative supporters. An endorsement includes a contribution of maximum CODPAC dollars ($400), publication of the candidate’s name to the CDA membership and engagement of the action team leader network in the district to get local dentists involved in fundraising and volunteer efforts for the candidate. Note: CDA members may login to access expanded information on CODPAC endorsements.


2014 Election:

Candidates Supported House:
Candidates Supported Senate:
Total Candidates Supported:

Total Candidate Contributions:

54
18
72

$23,000

Winning Candidates House:
Winning Candidates Senate:
Total Winning Candidates:


Candidates Interviewed:
Candidates Surveyed:

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TBD
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40
71

 


2012 Election:

Candidates Supported House:
Candidates Supported Senate:
Total Candidates Supported:

Total Candidate Contributions:

42
14
56

$22,000

Winning Candidates House:
Winning Candidates Senate:
Total Winning Candidates:


Candidates Interviewed:
Candidates Surveyed:

40
13
53


39
56


2010 Election:

Candidates Supported House:
Candidates Supported Senate:
Total Candidates Supported:

Total Candidate Contributions:

57
25
82

$21,600

Winning Candidates House:
Winning Candidates Senate:
Total Winning Candidates:

 

 51
 25
 76

 


2008 Election:

Candidates Supported House:
Candidates Supported Senate:
Total Candidates Supported:

Total Candidate Contributions:

54
16
70

$27,600

Winning Candidates House:
Winning Candidates Senate:
Total Winning Candidates:

 

51
15
66

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