donor of the month
Sunny Pak, MD is FP-PAC’s November Donor of the Month. He received his medical degree from UC Davis School of Medicine and completed his residency training at Loma Linda University Health Education Consortium Family Medicine Residency. Dr. Pak has been a consistent financial supporter of the FP-PAC since 2011, regularly attends the All Member Advocacy Meeting and has represented the PAC at events for local legislators in San Francisco.
Why do you contribute to FP-PAC?
It is a way to extend my interest in serving my patients and fellow family physicians to areas in which I am not well-trained, namely politics. Almost every day, I am reminded of the importance of working in politics to better serve my patients. An obvious and important part of being a physician is to protect the well-being of our patients. Advocating for their interests in politics is part of that work. FP-PAC can help me accomplish that more effectively.
What would you say to someone who may be hesitant to contribute to a Political Action Committee?
Do you value democracy? Do you value the right to vote? We have a representative democracy which means we need our legislators to represent our interests. They are our agents in the government. Would you buy or sell a home yourself or do you pay for a real estate agent? Contributing to the PAC is the same idea, except we get to ask a number of agents to help us by pooling our resources together.
Less than five percent of family physicians contribute to FP-PAC. Why should more family physicians contribute?
The more we pool our resources, the stronger we are and the more effective we can be at influencing the government to serve our patients and our profession.
Have you ever attended an FP-PAC event or represented FP-PAC at a fundraiser? If so, what did you learn by attending the event?
Yes, I recently attended an event for Assemblymember Phil Ting in San Francisco. I learned more about the budgeting process in the State Capital by understanding the perspectives of the availability of funds for different programs and how politicians can influence the allocations.
Are you involved politically with CAFP in any other activities (key contact, committee member, national PAC donor, etc.)?
I am a Key Contact, although I still feel I am in the early stages of learning how all this works. I am learning constantly by being involved!