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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.

2012-2013 CODPAC Giving:
Fiscal Amount Raised:
Number of Contributors:
Average Donation:


$19,614
312
$63

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.

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.


2014 Legislative Agenda
2014 will bring critical issues for dentistry, including a complete legislative review of the Dental Practice Laws (Sunset Review), the potential for efforts to authorize dental mid-level providers, and possible efforts to reform dental insurance. 

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.


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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