Your last paragraph is a gem. Sounds just like the bitching by theIf you trust the math, the monetary benefits that CAP provides each member simply in the increased reimbursements and representing the profession in DC are much greater than the cost of the membership. I have spent time on committees at CAP and every single meeting starts with the affirmation that the organization exists to benefit the members. If something seems skewed or fishy, like a program seemingly designed purely for the purposes of furthering the business aspect of CAP, the members who sit on the directing committees quickly take note and make sure the program is re-evaluated and that the revenue is directed as it should be. I think it is run fairly, with extensive input from the general membership, and smartly (the staff are second to none). Because it brings in a large amount of money from PT and accreditation, etc. some view it as "corrupt" but this is because 1) they don't understand how businesses run, and 2) they don't understand where the money goes (back into education, professional development, advocacy, the annual meeting, etc.).
If you don't appreciate the benefits CAP provides the profession, you can keep your money. Unfortunately, this makes you a free-rider because you still get the benefits!
government employee unions who are gonna get nailed by SCOTUS
in a couple weeks.