Medical Society of the State of New York Political Action Committee

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The Political Voice of New York’s Physicians

Maximize your effectiveness as an advocate for your patients, medial practice and profession through MSSNYPAC and the Physician Advocacy Liaison Network.

MSSNYPAC supports medicine-friendly candidates for public office at the state-level who are sensitive to the concerns of physicians and their patients.  We encourage face-to-face relationship building between candidates and physicians.  The candidates we elect will form the public policies which effect how we practice medicine and whether patients can see their physician.  When healthcare policy decisions are on the discussion table, the physician voice needs to be strong and well-represented.  Join or increase your support today.


Corporate Contributions: The NYS Election Law places aggregate calendar year limits on the amount of political contributions that can be made by corporations.

  • A corporation may make political contributions up to a total of $5,000.00, in the aggregate, in a calendar year.

A corporation usually has “PC”, “Inc.” or “Ltd” in its name.

Sole Proprietorships, LLCs, PLLCs, LLPs and PLLPs and partnerships are regarded as contributions from an individual (Personal).

For more information about NYS political contribution limits go to the website of the NYS Board of Elections

Also, please note that pursuant to the Internal Revenue Code, a federally tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization may not participate in, or intervene in, any campaign of any candidate either directly or through funding (federal, state or local elections).  Please consult your legal counsel if you have any question pertaining to the possible impact of political contributions on the tax exempt status of  the corporation.

MSSNYPAC is a political action committee (PAC) registered with the New York State Board of Elections. We are permitted to contribute to political committees also registered with the New York State Board of Elections.  We are not permitted to contribute to candidates in a federal election.  MSSNYPAC is a separate segregated fund established by MSSNY in order to engage in political action.  It is not required to be a member of MSSNY to contribute to MSSNYPAC.


MSSNYPAC’s politically active physicians and allies are compelled to advocate on behalf of their patients, medical practices and profession. The future of medicine is being shaped today by physicians who understand the importance of being present and influential in policy discussions and make the time to be involved in these vital professional activities.   

“As the designated point person for my local state senator, I have seen how effective our political actions can be. When it comes to issues regarding medical practice, they are very receptive to listening to our viewpoints. If physicians want to change the practice environment in New York, MSSNYPAC is the way to go about it. Membership in MSSNYPAC is the best investment in the future of medicine because it gives voice to the physicians of New York and is the physicians’ strongest advocate.  I encourage every physician in New York to join and get involved.”
David Podwall, M.D.
Neurology, Nassau County
“As a life member of MSSNY, I have supported MSSNYPAC throughout my medical career. I am an ophthalmologist practicing in NYC and I have always felt that if I don’t try to do something to affect my professional future, I lose the right to complain about the outcome. Attending campaign events on behalf of MSSNYPAC has afforded me the opportunity to grow strong relationships with key legislators, many of whom became genuine friends. It’s good for medicine when policymakers know us personally, recognize our faces, remember our names and take our calls. They know my issues, my concerns and my “asks.” This is the way that positive change happens.”

Paul N. Orloff, M.D.
Ophthalmology, New York County
“MSSNY-PAC contribution is the one of the best investments a physician can make, as MSSNY-PAC advances issues important to physicians and their patients. It truly pays dividends, and leaders in all successful industries understand that.”

Thomas T. Lee, M.D., F.A.C.S., M.B.A.
Neurosurgery, Westchester County
“As a member of the MSSNY House of Delegates, I have helped to develop and pass important policy initiatives to improve healthcare in New York. Now we need to make those policy statements into law. MSSNYPAC helps to assure that we have a seat at the table while policies are being discussed, but only with our support!”

Joshua M. Cohen, M.D., M.P.H.
Neurology, New York County