San Bernardino physicians win CALPAC’s Golden Gavel at CMA’s 49th Annual Legislative Advocacy Day

April 26, 2023

The California Medical Association (CMA) Political Action Committee (CALPAC) concluded its three-week Golden Gavel contest in conjunction with Legislative Advocacy Day, with a fundraising total of just over $13,800. The $13,800 raised represents a historic record for fundraising at Legislative Advocacy Day.

CALPAC Chair Damodara Rajasekhar, M.D., is excited to congratulate the physicians of the San Bernardino County Medical Society (SBCMS) as winners of the Golden Gavel – with the highest fundraising total of any medical society.

The Golden Gavel contest challenged physicians from each county medical society to make a new donation or upgrade their current level of giving to CALPAC. At the end of the three-week contest period, the medical society that had the highest level of giving won the Golden Gavel. The contest has now taken place three times, with a different CMA component medical society winning each year.

Donations to CALPAC are crucial for supporting the campaigns of political candidates who share CMA’s health care policy vision. The importance of CALPAC’s work, the core of which is electing legislators and maintaining positive relationships thereafter, was on full display at CMA’s Legislative Advocacy Day.

CALPAC is excited to build on this success and physicians are encouraged to give to CALPAC in support of CMA’s advocacy efforts by visiting calpac.org/donate.


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