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Posted on: Sunday, May 11, 2008
Obama vs McCain and the Chiropractic Vote
planetc1.com-news email to the editor
by Michael Dorausch, DC

After watching thousands of news headlines appearing across a number of online media aggregators, it's apparent that Hillary Clinton's presidential race is just about done. The New York Post ran front-page headlines reading "TOAST" and thousands of other newspapers painted a grim picture for the New York State senators bid to represent the Democratic Party in the 2008 presidential election. Chiropractic chat rooms and private e-mail lists have become much quieter in the past few weeks, and there has still been no official endorsements made by any of the four national associations that represent the profession of chiropractic in the United States.

Planet Chiropractic has been covering topics related to money in politics online since the year 2000. During that election cycle, money from chiropractors and chiropractor funded political action committees (PACs) primarily went to Republicans. Similar results were shown for the 2004 election cycle.

In January of 2008 we again took a look at chiropractic money in politics and elections, which showed analysis that a major shift had occurred among donors coming from within the chiropractic profession. Monies from chiropractic PACs and individual donors are shown largely going to the Democratic Party. Yet no word from professional leadership on party or individual candidate endorsements.

Terry Rondberg and Timothy Feuling at DCS in Orange County

(photo: California chiropractor Dr. Terry Rondberg, president of the World Chiropractic Alliance, and Timothy Feuling at a recent chiropractic conference in Orange County California)

Now that the presidential race is narrowing, we may begin to see endorsements coming from any or all of the US National Chiropractic Associations. Those associations include the World Chiropractic Alliance, the Federation of Straight Chiropractors and Organizations (FSCO), the International Chiropractors Association (ICA), and the American Chiropractic Association (ACA).

Amongst health-care associations and PACs donating the greatest amount of funds to political parties and federal candidates in 2008 are the American Dental Association, the American College of Radiology, and the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

Our March report on contributions from national health-care associations don't show much activity from the chiropractic profession, but there was strong individual activity going on throughout e-mail groups and private discussion forums, with most chiropractors showing an addiction to Ron Paul, the Republican candidate from Texas. That activity has since quieted down.

Did applying successful website secrets help presidential hopeful Barack Obama? His online presence has only continued to grow and become more engaged in social media circles. Hats off to the teams working the Web for Obama. That doesn't mean he'll get the support and endorsements from the industry of chiropractic.

Where will the chiropractic votes go? From what I've gathered lurking as many forums and e-mail lists as I'm aware of, I'm suspecting the majority of individual chiropractors and the American Chiropractic Association will support Barack Obama as the next president of the United States. None of the three other national associations have given me any hint as to which way their endorsements may go. I suppose we will know soon enough.


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