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Table of Contents
  1. What is the Main Function of AdjustTheVote.org?
  2. What are AdjustTheVote.org's Key Features?
  3. What is the Lobbying Campaign Workflow?
  4. What is the Mission of AdjustTheVote.org?
  5. What are the Goals of AdjustTheVote.org?
  6. What is the purpose of AdjustTheVote.org?
  7. Where did the name "AdjustTheVote.org" come from?
  8. What is the Origin and History of AdjustTheVote.org?
  9. Who sponsors AdjustTheVote.org?
  10. What tools are provided by AdjustTheVote.org?
  11. How is AdjustTheVote.org funded?
  12. What is the Physical Address of AdjustTheVote.org?
What is the Main Function of this site?

The main function of AdjustTheVote.org is to
  • Recruitment of Congressional District Directors (CDD) and Patients for Chiropractic Political Awareness (PCPA)
  • Build and manage member and subscriber databases
  • Automate 100% of the communique process through auto-jurisdiction, info look-up to generate, send and forward correspondence to legislators and candidates running for public office
  • Track & report correspondence delivery to target politicians and interested parties
What are AdjustTheVote.org's Key Features?
  • Collect and Manage Data
  • Auto-Jurisdiction Info Look-up:
    • Auto-populating political jurisdictions serving each address
    • Auto-populating the current officeholder of each jurisdiction
    • Accuracy rate: 100% with manual correction
    • Send and Forward Correspondence
      • Letters
      • Faxes
      • E-mail
    • Track and Report Correspondence Sent to Target Politicians and Interested Parties

What is the Lobbying Campaign Workflow?



What is the Mission of AdjustTheVote.org?

In the United States there are no less than 20 million patient visits made annually to chiropractic offices. In addition, during your lifetime as a chiropractor, it is reasonable for you to treat over 5,000 different patients.

Now imagine, the significance of 5,000 voters in your local community? You could literally influence, if not dictate, the outcome of most legislation and elections in your city or township. Now imagine, three or four chiropractors in your county, state senate or state assembly districts? Imagine 10 chiropractors in your congressional district and in your state, 100 or more chiropractors and one half a million patients all working for a common good? Legislation and Elections are determined by far less.

The mission of AdjustTheVote.org is to build a network of chiropractors and chiropractic patients so large and so influential that issues, rights and freedom of patients to choose chiropractic care is no longer debated, but automatically included and assumed in the spirit and as a matter of law.

What are the Goals of AdjustTheVote.org?

Goals are not only to influence chiropractic legislation, but to achieve historical significance through the will and desire of individual chiropractors and chiropractic patients, to unite and grow a lobbying network with the following measurable objectives:

By the end of 2010:

    • 10 "Congressional District Directors (CDDs)" in each state
    • 100 "Patients for Chiropractic Political Awareness (PCPA)", in each state
    • At least one CDD or one PCPA member in half of all congressional districts
    • Organize 5 Congressional Election Committees
    • Organize 5 State District Election Committees
    By the end of 2012:
    • One CDD or one PCPA member in each congressional district
    • 100,000 PCPA patient members
    • Have had organized a minimum of 20 Congressional Election Committees
    • Have had organized a minimum of 20 State District Election Committees
    • Have had successfully elected a minimum of 10 Representatives to Congress
    • Have had successfully elected a minimum of 20 State Legislators
    By the end of 2014:
    • One CDD and 10 PCPA members in each congressional district
    • 500,000 PCPA patient members
    • Have had organized a minimum of 40 Congressional Election Committees
    • Have had organize a minimum of 40 State District Election Committees
    • Have had successfully elected a minimum of 20 Representatives to Congress
    • Have had successfully elected a minimum of 40 State Legislators
    • Organize an Election Committee for at least one chiropractor as a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives
    • Organize Election Committees for at least five chiropractors as candidates for state district offices
    By the end of 2018:
    • Represent 10% of all chiropractors enrolled as Congressional District Directors
    • Enroll one million patients as Patients for Chiropractic Political Awareness
    • Elect 50 congressman through Election Campaign Committees organized by AdjustTheVote.org
    • Elect 100 local and state officials through Election Campaign efforts organized by AdjustTheVote.org
    • Elect 5 chiropractors to the U.S. House of Representatives

What is the Purpose of AdjustTheVote.org?

To solicit members of the chiropractic profession, supportive communities and patients to correspond with legislators and candidates for political office, on issues important to the chiropractic community.

Where did the Name "AdjustTheVote.org" come from?

The name originated from the 2007 annual meetings of the Representative Assembly, of the International Chiropractors Association (ICA).

A specific corrective "adjustment" (to an articulation of the spine) is unique to the profession of chiropractic, and there is one thing more important to a legislator (or candidate) than money, and that is "the vote". Hence, the name "AdjustTheVote.org" was conceived.

What is the Origin and History of AdjustTheVote.org?

A national network of chiropractors serving as "Congressional District Directors (CDDs)" was inspired by a chiropractor in the late 1970s. He was Robert L. Hulsebus, D.C. (1921 - 1995) of Byron, Illinois, then serving as Chairman of the Legislative Committee for the International Chiropractors Association (ICA). His goal was to solicit one chiropractor for each of the 435 congressional districts.

As part of Dr. Hulsebus' organizational effort, James E. Musick, D.C. accepted the CDD Chairmanship for the State of California. The first CDD solicitation mailing went to over 800 ICA members. There were two responses. One was from a doctor who wrote that he or she would be interested and asked for additional information, but failed to give his or her name or telephone with the response. The other doctor was Carl F. Dieter, D.C. from San Jose, California, who has since had the distinction of being the first CDD from the State of California.

Through telephone solicitation, additional mailings and through association meetings, the CDD network managed to grow.

During the first 10 years, the CDD title was modified to "Legislative District Directors (LDDs)" to address state issues. More important than chiropractors writing on chiropractic issues, were chiropractic patients eager to participate in grass roots lobbying efforts. Hence a network of "Patients for Chiropractic Political Awareness (PCPA)" was established.

Since the days of its creator and visionary, Dr. Robert Hulsebus, California has grown to a network of over 1,200 CDDs and over 13,000 chiropractic patient members, most of which were solicited through mailing campaigns and legislative alerts. The sheer size and membership volume rendered the network expensive and difficult to manage. It has, however, survived by the efforts of one patient volunteer by the name of Mrs. Laura Rider. She has maintained the database and information flow for over 15 years.

The greatest periods of growth of CDD and PCPA memberships occurred when urgent or crisis issues were imposed on the chiropractic community. In one campaign alone over 60 reams of petitions were faxed and received by a chairman of a key legislative committee. Each petition carried up to 12 patient names, addresses and signatures. It is estimated that over 200,000 patient signatures reached the state capitol within a three week period.

Comparing the 13,000 recorded PCPA patients to the estimate of over 200,000 petition signatures, we have barely captured the effort performed by dedicated professionals and patients here in California.  We look to this website to be much more efficient.

Instrumental to AdjustTheVote.org, John K. Maltby, D.C., from Blythe, California, was experienced and familiar with the CDD program in his home state. He was elected President of the International Chiropractors Association (ICA) in 2005 and desired to take the California experience national. James E. Musick, D.C. was appointed to fill his vacancy as Western Regional Director to the Board. Committee assignments for Dr. Musick included co-chairmanships with Dr. Michael S. McLean of Virginia Beach, Virginia, to the ICA Legislative Committee and ICA Political Action Committee. Dr. Musick also assumed the responsibilities as International Chairman, Congressional District Directors.

By resolution on June 28, 2005, the ICA Board acted was to amend the ICA By-laws to include CDD and PCPA memberships. By the same resolution, authorization was also granted to develop this software.

For fiscal years 2006-2007 and 2007-2008, the ICA Board approved a budget line item funding the CDD computer based program, to be modeled after the efforts of Dr. Musick and the ICA of California (ICAC).

The ICA Board has since approved funding into the fiscal year 2010-2011 and has formally contracted with OnLine Image of San Jose, California, for development, maintenance and licensure for our online lobbying and legislative affairs networks. 

AdjustTheVote.org was partially launched in October 2008, accepting the first online CDD and PCPA patient subscriber applications.  The first online eNewsletter from the site to all CDDs was sent 12/4/08. 

The first email, letter and fax campaign from the chiropractic community to national legislators was launched 4/10/09, early during the 111th United States Congress (2009-2011).  The first issue was in support of veterans' access to chiropractic care (HR 1017 - Filner).  This campaign was followed by an alert and campaign on national health care reform, followed by an email, letter and fax campaign to President Obama on the same issue.   

It is the desire of the current ICA Board to fulfill the dreams of one man from the late 1970's, the legendary, Robert L. Hulsebus, D.C., FICA, for which AdjustTheVote.org owes a great debt of gratitude. It is, also, our desire to electronically capture each and every patient who is willing to sign a petition and to elicit them as ongoing active PCPA members.

Success of AdjustTheVote.org will depend on each CDD and PCPA member sending one email, one letter, one fax, or one petition, each one, one at a time (when ask to do so). For that reason and on behalf of Dr. Robert Hulsebus, AdjustTheVote.org thanks each CDD and each patient PCPA member.

Who sponsors "AdjustTheVote.org"

The sponsor is the ICA Political Action Committee (PAC). The PAC is the Political Action Committee for the International Chiropractors Association (ICA), a national not-for-profit trade association of independent practicing chiropractors.

What tools are provided by AdjustTheVote.org?

AdjustTheVote.org provides a number of tools and templates to help grow each network of Congressional District Directors (CDDs) and Patients for Chiropractic Political Awareness (PCPA).

As a Congressional District Director (Legislative District Director) tools include:

  • CDD Membership Certificate
  • LDD Membership Certificate
  • Letters drafted to your respective legislators advising them of your voluntary participation as a CDD (LDD) within their district.

Patients for Chiropractic Political Awareness: For emergency or routine lobbying efforts, the best professional response is to ask patients to participate.

There are two primary areas of patient recruitment and voluntary participation. First are patients who have already subscribed as PCPA members through your office. The second are CDD and PCPA members who have additional agreed to participate on election campaign committees or temporary (Ad Hoc) Issue Committees, formed to address emergency or targeted issues.

As a CDD you are now an active member of AdjustTheVote.org. Tools available to you to enroll patients as Personal PCPA Subscribers and Ad Hoc Issue Committee subscribers are as follows:

For your "Personal PCPA Subscribers":

  • Patient PCPA sign-up sheets
  • PCPA office poster
  • Certificates of PCPA membership to be printed and signed by you
  • Letters drafted on behalf of your patient to their respective legislators advising them of their voluntary participation as a PCPA member within their district

For your "Ad Hoc Issue Committee" PCPA subscribers:

An example of an Ad Hoc Issue Committee is "Patients for Direct Access of Veterans to Chiropractic Care" in support of HR 1471 (Filner). Tools available:

  • Committee Patient sign-up sheets
  • Office poster in support of HR 1471
  • Certificates of PCPA membership to be printed and signed by you
  • A copy of HR 1471 (Filner)
  • Copy of letter from you as a Congressional District Director to your congressman asking support and endorsement of HR 1471
  • Copy of letter from your patient as a member of the Committee "Patients for Direct Access of Veterans to Chiropractic Care" to your congressman asking support and endorsement of HR 1471
  • Follow-up letters from you as a CDD and your Patients as PCPA committee members to your congressional representative again requesting support
  • Thank you letters from you as a CDD and your Patients as PCPA committee members to your congressional representative for support and co-authorship of HR 1471

Candidate Election Committees: AdjustTheVote.org brings together CDD and PCPA members who share common interests with candidates for political office. A CDD can create and grow your own Election Committee on behalf of candidates supportive of the chiropractic community. Here are some sample templates when creating your own Election Committee or joining one on this Site.

  • Campaign Instruction sheet
  • Candidate Questionnaire for endorsement (if the candidate has not already been endorsed)
  • Membership Certificate for you for enrolling patients
  • For your office:
    • Print a Campaign Banner
    • Print an Endorsement Poster
    • Print Patient Sign-up Sheets, or
    • Print Post Cards to recruit patients
    • Print Patient Certificates signed by you for your patients
    • Phone Script to recruit committee members over the phone
    • Request voter registration cards for distribution from your office.
  • Order Supplies: Most stationery stores have card stock (for mailings) and bordered paper for certificates. If you want to order on line, you may wish to order from Paper Direct as follows:
    • For certificate paper (for you and your patients), this is an excellent Bordered Frame:
    • For post card stock (also to sign up other patients)

How is AdjustTheVote.org funded?

Through contributions made directly to the ICA (International Chiropractors Association) Political Action Committee (PAC). Any private individual can contribute to the ICA Political Action, including chiropractors, chiropractic patients, chiropractic students and chiropractic supporters.

Contributions are voluntary and may be paid as a single contribution or scheduled monthly. ICA PAC contributions are deposited to a General PAC Fund. The General Fund will support the expenses of this Site.  Any contribution to the ICA PAC is not tax deductible as a business expense and must not be drawn on a corporate account, including credit card and cannot be from foreign national contributors.

FEDERAL LAW REQUIRES THAT YOU VERIFY THAT THE FOLLOWING STATEMENTS ARE TRUE AND ACCURATE BEFORE CONTRIBUTING:

"I certify that I am making this contribution using my own funds and will not be reimbursed by a corporation. I further certify that I am a U.S. citizen, and that I am not making this contribution using a corporate credit card."

Funds from the general account directly fund AdjustTheVote.org.

What is the Physical Address of AdjustTheVote.org?


AdjustTheVote.org, AdjustTheVote.com and AdjustTheVote.net are registered domain names owned by the Political Action Committee of the International Chiropractors Association (ICA). The home offices are located at 6400 Arlington Boulevard, Suite 800, Fals Church, VA 22042, USA. The telephone number is (703) 528-5000. The Fax number is (703) 528-5023.