Our Political Involvement
Boston Scientific participates in the political process at the State, Federal and International levels to help shape public policy, legislation and regulation that has a direct impact on our company, technologies and the patients we serve. Boston Scientific's political involvement is an important strategy to ensure patient access to medical technology, promote innovation and build our business. The Governance Committee of our Board of Directors annually reviews political contributions made by our company and the Boston Scientific Political Action Committee. We are committed to the transparency of our political involvement.
Below are links to our political action committee contributions, corporate contributions to state officials, and a list of associations that engage in public policy advocacy to which we belong.
To promote the advancement of sound public policy, the Boston Scientific Corporation Political Action Committee (BSC PAC) facilitates voluntary political contributions by eligible employees and our Board of Directors, in accordance with federal law. The BSC PAC is run by a governing board of senior employees representing each of our primary businesses and functions.
Contributions to candidates are bipartisan and based on the following criteria: sits on a Congressional committee with jurisdiction over issues affecting our business; serves in elected leadership within the Congress or in a position to shape public policy; represents a district or state with a BSC facility; voting record is supportive of key issues affecting BSC; and the integrity of the candidate.
This partnership with our company enables us to help elect candidates who understand the medical device industry and support policies that will promote innovation and patient access to technologies.
Trade Association Memberships and 501(c)(4) Contributions
Boston Scientific is a member of U.S. trade associations that engage in public policy advocacy and promote U.S. business interests, the medical technology industry and patient access to health care. Additionally, from time to time, Boston Scientific may choose to contribute to 501(c)(4) organizations for the purpose of policy advocacy.
Below is a link to the listing of the trade associations to which BSC pays dues of $50,000 or more per year and the percentage of our dues attributable to advocacy efforts, as well as the 501(c)(4) organizations to which Boston Scientific makes policy advocacy contributions:
For additional information or if you have questions, please contact Boston Scientific's Government Affairs office at 202-637-8020.