Contributions play a significant role in electing and supporting pharmacy friendly legislators who understand the importance of pharmacies and pharmacists. These legislators are willing to author bills we need and vote for our issues in committee meetings and in legislative sessions. PharmPAC funds help make the Legislature the most pharmacist/pharmacy friendly and knowledgeable it can be.

PharmPAC Contribution Form
PharmPAC Operating Guidelines


What is PharmPAC?

PharmPAC is a legal, transparent, state-monitored, bi-partisan Political Action Committee (PAC) whose major purpose is to influence the nomination or election of a candidate that supports pharmacists and the profession of pharmacy. PharmPAC is a means to express united interests with one powerful voice. It is strength in numbers.

How does PharmPAC influence the political process?
PharmPAC solicits contributions from individual pharmacists, student pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in Minnesota and combines them to make larger contributions to candidates and party units. PharmPAC funds are also used to attend fundraiser events for candidates and party units.

Who can receive PharmPAC funds?
Candidates and incumbents who run for state office in Minnesota may receive PharmPAC funds. House of Representative members, Senators, the Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General or any other state candidate that promotes and supports pharmacy can receive PAC funds.

Which funds are accepted by PharmPAC?
Individual contributions are accepted, but corporate contributions are prohibited. For each contribution over $20.00 a record of the donor will be kept. Anonymous contributions cannot be accepted by PharmPAC. Other political committees, political funds or political party units registered in MN may also contribute to PharmPAC.

Is PharmPAC regulated?
PharmPAC is regulated by the Minnesota Campaign Finance Board. The state of Minnesota has some of the most strict campaign finance laws in the nation. All information from PharmPAC, other PACs and party units are recorded and filed with the Board. This information is available to the public at www.cfboard.state.mn.us

Are there limits to how much a person can contribute?

An individual may contribute unlimited amounts to PharmPAC. But PharmPAC is limited as to how much they can contribute to candidates and party units.

How does PharmPAC determine who to contribute to?
Contributions are determined with recommendations by the Pharmacy Advocacy Task Force and its lobbyist, PAC officers and volunteers,contributors, and others. Contributions are given to candidates or elected officials who are determined to be pharmacy friendly in a non-partisan manner.

Factors used to determine "pharmacy friendly” include but are not limited to:

  • Elected officials who have sponsored or authored legislation for pharmacists or pharmacy
  • Chair persons of committees which deliberate issues relevant to pharmacy
  • Elected officials who made difficult votes in favor of pharmacy initiatives
  • Elected officials who attend or speak at pharmacy events
  • Elected officials or challengers who pledge support and demonstrate willingness to sponsor pharmacy initiatives
  • Caucus contributions are determined based on how many candidates or officials from the caucus attend the event, timing and effectiveness of contribution amount

What are the guidelines PharmPAC uses to disperse funds?
Recommendations on which candidates are made by those most involved with the political process, ie lobbyists and PAC volunteers, Chair or Vice Chair who lobby or have legislative and campaign experience. Contributions are disbursed in a non-partisan manner. The qualification is "pharmacy friendly" not party friendly. Persons who shall receive preference when determining contributions, or ways to define "pharmacy friendly":

  • Elected officials who have sponsored or authored legislation for pharmacists or pharmacy.
  • Chair persons of committees which deliberate issues relevant to pharmacy.
  • Elected officials who made difficult votes in favor of pharmacy initiatives.
  • Elected officials who attend and speak at pharmacy events.
  • Elected officials or challengers who pledge support and demonstrate willingness to sponsor pharmacy initiatives.

Why have a PAC?
PACs are an important part of the American political process. They have been around since 1944, when the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) formed the first one to raise money for the re-election of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. PharmPAC is another way the profession of pharmacy maintains its presence in a crowded arena of special interests in the state’s political process.

What's in it for me?
PharmPAC is an exciting way to be directly involved in the political process. Being involved with PharmPAC enables you to affect your professional livelihood in a powerful, positive way. By contributing to PharmPAC you are going to receive information about candidates and events in your area. You will know who supports your professional interests at the Minnesota state legislature. You will be a part of influencing the political process.

What about contributing to individual candidates? 
Individuals can make contributions directly to their legislators or other pharmacy friendly legislators or candidates directly as well. The great news is that Minnesota has a Political Contribution Refund Program where Minnesota residents can contribute up to $50 per person/$100 per married couple to a qualified candidate or political organizations which include:

  • candidates for the Minnesota Legislature;
  • candidates for Minnesota governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general
  • candidates for Minnesota secretary of state;
  • candidates for Minnesota state auditor
  • Minnesota political parties

You’ll see that a contribution to PharmPAC does not qualify for this refund. However, you can make a qualifying contribution, request your refund and donate your refund to the PharmPAC.

You can only request one refund for each calendar year that you made contributions. Your request can include contributions you made to more than one candidate or party.  You may apply for your refund at any time, but no later than April 15 of the following year.

How do I request a refund?
Complete 2018 Form PCR, Political Contribution Refund Application (online) or 2018 Form PCR, Political Contribution Refund Application (paper). Send your completed form to the Minnesota Department of Revenue. You must also include copies of the receipts you received for contributions being claimed on your application.

When can I file?
You may apply for your refund at any time, but no later than April 15 of the following year.

When you receive your refund, you can stretch your influence even further by donating that refund to PharmPAC.


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www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/districtfinder.asp