"All trail-access decisions are political decisions"

The Trail Political Action Committee (TPAC) was founded as the first national non-partisan political action committee dedicated solely to championing responsible off-highway vehicle recreation on designated roads, trails, and areas on public lands through the electoral and legislative processes.
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The TPAC tactical goal is to target key races using state-of-the art real-time analysis where there is a tough election and the pro-access candidate needs some extra support to help to defeat their opponent.
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TPAC is needed to counter the anti-access special interests in Washington DC who have long ago figured that contributing to closure-oriented politicians is how they will accomplish their goal of restricting OHV access on federal lands.
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TPAC is ready to stand in that political breach to stop the flow of anti-access politicians into the Capital. TPAC will work hard to reverse that trend so that pro-access legislators will exist as the majority in Congress and the White House.
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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Be a Political Off-Road Trailblazer - JOIN the Fight Today

Don't Let a Closed Gate be the Future of OHV
Join the Fight in 2016

There is one simple reason why nationally and regionally recognized Off-road Champions have endorsed TPAC’s effort to retain our pro-trail majorities in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Just like you, they want to enjoy motorized recreation on public and private lands.

On November 8, our future will be decided one way or the other. If you want to change the laws, rules, and regulations that govern motorized recreation on public and private lands — we must retain our pro-access majorities in D.C.

If you don’t think regulators are out-of-control… remember the CPSC’s effort to impose street-oriented construction mandates on SxSs.  It was not that long ago when the CPSC “Banned” youth-sized OHVs. Land managers continue to impose excessive permit fees for OHV events and federal regulators are now using the Sage Grouse to impact OHV permitted events.  There are proposals in Nevada to close OHV use in sand washes. It won’t stop unless WE help stop them.

Anti-access PACs such as the League of Conservation Voters are continuing to support legislators that champion the politically-motivated regulatory agenda at the EPA and other federal agencies.  They are working hard to take back the Senate and make inroads into the House.  Our trail majority has shown they are ready to use their budget, legislative, and oversight authority to rein in unelected federal regulators.  They need our help, support, and votes!

TPAC also plans to be engaged in the Presidential election and will be contacting various campaigns to ascertain their commitment to managed OHV recreation.

So far this election cycle, TPAC endorsed and/or supported the following candidates; Kelly Ayotte for Senate (NH), Joe Heck for Senate (NV), Ron Johnson for Senate (WI), Collin Peterson for Congress (MN – CD7), and Mike Pompeo for Congress (KS-CD4).

With your help, TPAC will continue to send donations to key targeted congressional races.  The January 31 1st quarter fundraising deadline is rapidly approaching.  Please help TPAC stock its war chest with a donation today.  Don’t rely on others to donate… this is a TEAM effort.

OHV voters who donate $25 dollars or more between now and midnight January 31 will have their first name and city listed as a TPAC Trailblazer.  Also, let TPAC know what your favorite OHV is (make/model) and we will list that as well.  You can let us know what that OHV is when you fill out your donation form or send us an email at: info@thetrailpac.com

The list will be updated periodically during this 4 day event.

Donate $25, $50, $100, $200, $500, $1,000 up to $5,000 dollars to STOP the assault on family oriented OHV recreation and the vehicles we use.

DONATE AT LINK BELOW


*Denotes early event/pre-launch donation


Commander - $500 - $5,000


Quarter Master- $200 - $499


Guide- $100 - $199

*Mike, Washington, D.C. – Ford F-150
*Ken, Henderson, NV – Polaris RZR 1000


Scout - $25 - $99

*Geoff, Concord, CA – Jeep


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Let’s Rock this Election Cycle!

Thanks,

Don Amador, Founder
The Trail PAC






Monday, September 14, 2015

National OHV Tele-Townhall Kicks Off 2016 Election Cycle



Off-road voters and organizational leaders from across the country joined our Tele-Townhall conference call today with Rep. David Valadao (R-21st CA) and Peter Graves, RNC's Regional Political Director.  

This conference call marks the Trail Political Action Committee’s (TPAC) official Kickoff for the 2016 presidential election. As TPAC supporters, you have the opportunity to greatly impact the 2016 presidential elections and to build on our highly successful efforts in previous election cycles to champion responsible OHV recreation via the electoral process.  Below is a statement from Congressman Valadao:

Statement from Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21)
As a Member of Congress, I know how critical grassroots involvement is to the political process. In order to advance H.R. 1838; the Clear Creek National Recreation Area and Conservation Act through the legislative process, the continued support of TPAC and the trail community is absolutely critical. I look forward to working with the OHV community on Clear Creek and other important land-use issues.

National Moments that are created without substantive local stakeholder involvement was an important topic of concern also discussed on the call.

Peter Graves highlighted several key battleground senate races in Nevada and Colorado as being important campaigns for trail voters to be engaged in.  Graves also noted the importance of having the grassroots engaged in the election process.

In order to bolster the ranks of pro-access politicians who will support OHV recreation friendly legislation and oppose anti-access proposals and agency overregulation, TPAC plans to support elected Members of Congress who have fought for us and now need our help as they face tough races.

As before, TPAC will also be looking for new candidates in battleground states who support our issues and need our support and votes.

This is also a great opportunity for you to help stock TPAC's war chest for this election cycle.  TPAC expects to play an important role in battleground states where races are often decided by just a few votes.

DONATE TO TPAC'S WAR CHEST 
http://www.thetrailpac.com/donate.html


Thanks as always for your support of our efforts to engage the off-road community in the political process.

Don Amador, Founder
The Trail PAC



Monday, November 3, 2014

VOTE TRAILS on November 4


With just a few hours before the polls open for the 2014 midterm election, TPAC wants to remind trail voters that most, if not all, of our endorsed key battleground candidates are in dead-heats or within the margin of error with their opponents.

A victory on November 4 means that new Senate leadership will hold federal regulators accountable through the use of riders on must pass spending legislation and oversight hearings.  They will also pass access-related and regulatory reform House bills and send them to the President.

A pro-trail Senate majority may also be the last line of defense against an onslaught of National Monuments – created without local stakeholder involvement - designated by the President via executive fiat.

TPAC nationalized this election to empower trail voters in states where there are no senate races so they can help shape the political landscape in Washington D.C.   We also worked hard to get local OHV enthusiasts engaged with our endorsed candidates.

If you have not done so already, please encourage your own OHV networks to support our endorsed battleground races and to VOTE TRAILS on November 4.

Endorsed Senate Candidates

 AK - Dan Sullivan
AR - Tom Cotton
CO - Cory Gardner
GA - David Perdue
IA - Joni Ernst
MI - Terry Lynn Land
MN -Mike McFadden
MT - Steve Daines

Endorsed House Candidates


CA -  David Valadao (Congressional District 21)
CA - Doug Ose (Congressional District 7)

Thanks! 


Don Amador, Founder
The Trail PAC
www.thetrailpac.com



Wednesday, October 15, 2014

TPAC/OHV Leaders Endorse Doug Ose for Congress in California's CD7

Dear Trail Voter,
The Trail Political Action Committee (TPAC) works to elect federal candidates who will support legislation and policy that promotes and protects responsible off-highway vehicle recreation on public and private lands.   TPAC is proud to announce its official endorsement and support for Doug Ose who is running in California's 7th Congressional District (CD7).

Ed Santin, an AMA District 36 Board Member and CD7 constituent, states, "Former Congressman Doug Ose was a strong supporter of trail access issues when he was in the House of Representatives.  I believe we need his leadership once again considering the hostile regulatory climate that directly affects our ability to ride responsibly on Forest Service and BLM trails.  I will be urging my friends to vote for Ose on November 4."

Steve Egbert, President of California Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs, states, "I believe that Doug Ose is the right choice in this election.  Trail users are continually faced with onerous unwarranted regulations that impact our ability to enjoy the great outdoors with our family and friends.  We need to send Ose back to Washington D.C. to help bring some common sense to the land-use debate."

As a former congressman, Doug Ose has a proven track record when it comes to supporting legislation that protects responsible OHV recreational access to federal lands.   He will also fight against the anti-access regulatory agenda of the green lobby in Washington D.C. and champion common sense regulatory reform at the EPA and other agencies.

His opponent, Ami Bera, was recently endorsed by that very same green lobby.  Last month, the California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) and the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Action Fund announced their endorsement of Ami Bera for re-election to CD7.

Ose is in a very tight race with incumbent congressman Ami Bera.  Early in the midterms, TPAC identified CD7 as one of our key House battleground races.  Now with CD7 in the national spotlight and because the green lobby is rushing its support to Bera, it is time for trail voters to step up to the plate and  help elect Doug Ose to the House of Representatives.

http://www.thetrailpac.com/donate.html


Remember that with each donation of $25 dollars or more, you get one of our new "I VOTE TRAILS" bumper stickers that you can proudly display on your vehicle of choice.

 
Thanks for being engaged in the 2014 midterms!

Don Amador, Founder
The Trail PAC




Wednesday, September 17, 2014

TPAC, OHVers, and X-Game Champion Support Dan Sullivan for Senate in Alaska

Dan Sullivan (R) Supports Trail Access

The Trail Political Action Committee (TPAC) works to elect federal candidates who will support legislation and policy that promotes and protects responsible off-highway vehicle recreation on public and private lands.   TPAC is proud to announce its official endorsement and support for Dan Sullivan who is running for the U.S. Senate in Alaska.

Patti Barber, an Alaskan access advocate, states, “I’m voting for Dan Sullivan because he will defend our right to access public lands and waterways for responsible use of natural resources and recreational activities.

Paul Vitrano, VP, Global Government Relations, Polaris, told TPAC , "I met Dan Sullivan last night and told him how important Alaska and public land access for OHVs is to our industry and enthusiasts. He emphasized that access is important to him. He added that he has an ad coming out that will feature a snowmobile enthusiast who supports him."

Sullivan is in a very tight race with incumbent Senator Mark Begich.  In the aforementioned TV ad, four time X-Games medalist Cory Davis recently called out Begich for pretending to be a motorized recreationist.

Davis said, “I’m Cory Davis. As a four time X-Games medalist, I know something about snow machines. That’s why I had a good laugh when I saw Mark Begich pretending to ride one.”

TV AD with X-Game Champion


TPAC joins with Vitrano, Barber, Davis and other pro-trail enthusiasts in the belief that we need legislators back in Washington D.C who understand how unwarranted closures and regulations impact responsible use of public lands.

Dan Sullivan is in a very tight race with incumbent Senator Mark Begich and he needs the support of trail enthusiasts in Alaska and from across the country to help change the current closure paradigm in the U.S. Senate.

Won’t you join the fight to protect our access rights to public lands by making a generous donation today so that TPAC may continue its efforts to endorse and support congressional candidates in key battleground states?

DONATE $25, $50, $100, $200, $300, $500, $1,000 - $5,000 TO ELECT PRO-TRAIL CANDIDATES


Dan Sullivan is TPAC’s 6th officially endorsed senate race where he joins our other endorsed senate races: AR - Tom Cotton, CO - Cory Gardner, MI - Terry Lynn Land, MN -Mike McFadden, and MT - Steve Daines.

TPAC's  "Senate Soon-to-Endorse or Watch List" includes: GA - David Perdue, IA - Joni Ernst, KY - Mitch McConnell, LA - Bill Cassidy, NC - Thom Tillis, NH - Scott Brown, and OR -Monica Wehby.

Thanks for your continued support in the 2014 midterms.  You are making a difference!




Contributions to The Trail PAC will be used in connection with federal elections. Maximum contribution per individual per calendar year is $5,000. Contributions from foreign nationals and corporations are prohibited. Contributions are not deductible for federal income tax purposes.


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Trail Users Endorse Mike McFadden for Senate in MN



The Trail Political Action Committee (TPAC) works to elect federal candidates who will support legislation and policy that promotes and protects responsible off-highway vehicle recreation on public and private lands.   TPAC is proud to announce its official endorsement and support for Mike McFadden who is running for the U.S. Senate in Minnesota.

Minnesota OHV leaders, Tom and Karen Umphress, recently met with Senate Candidate McFadden to show pro-trail support for his campaign and to discuss important federal access and recreation issues.

Mike McFadden, Republican Candidate for the United States Senate in Minnesota, states, “Living in the land of 10,000 lakes, Minnesotans thrive off of their ability to have access to our precious natural resources. Many Minnesotans grew up hunting, camping, fishing and enjoying everything that our great state has to offer and it is vital they continue to be able to enjoy public land without government intrusion. Time and time again, regulations threaten Minnesotans’ ability to experience nature and everything that comes with it. Those who spend time in Minnesota’s wilderness are the biggest supporters of ensuring that it retains its beauty and access for years to come. The Minnesotans that I have met along the campaign trail truly understand what it means to be a good steward of our environment. Sportsmen and riders who use public trails realize that it is vital to preserve the beauty of our state for future generations’ enjoyment as well.”

Tom and Karen Umphress believe the Senatorial race in MN this year is less about Republican vs. Democrat and more about a person who cares about Minnesota, the United States, and the People.

For 5 years, Tom and Karen have tried to talk with Senator Franken or his staff.  Unfortunately, they never got past the receptionist.  Senator Franken is the only currently seated U.S. Legislator from Minnesota who has refused to meet with them as his constituents.

Tom and Karen say that Mike McFadden is the clear choice for those people who support trails and our natural environment.  TPAC agrees!

TPAC's officially endorsed senate races to date are: AR - Tom Cotton, CO - Cory Gardner, MI - Terry Lynn Land, MN -Mike McFadden, and MT - Steve Daines.

TPAC’s  "Senate Soon-to-Endorse or Watch List" has been expanded to include: AK - Dan Sullivan, GA - David Perdue, IA - Joni Ernst, KY - Mitch McConnell, LA - Bill Cassidy, NC - Thom Tillis, NH - Scott Brown, and OR -Monica Wehby.

TPAC believes an organized and enthused OHV user base can play a significant role in who goes back to Washington D.C. on November 4.   Your robust participation/support in key targeted races will help ensure our continued ability to enjoy high quality motorized recreation on public and private lands.





Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The POWER of One Vote

Dear Off-Road Voter,
The Trail PAC was formed to help empower the off-road voter by pooling resources so that we can send more pro-trail candidates to Congress and by encouraging OHV enthusiasts to use the "power of ONE vote" to defend and protect our continued recreational access to public and private lands.

TPAC believes that many of our battleground races will be decided by less than 1,000 votes.  For example, in the 2004 Washington State Gubernatorial race, Democrat Christine Gregoire defeated Republican Dino Rossi by just over 130 votes. 

In 2006, incumbent Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman was ultimately beaten by Saturday Night Live's comedian, Al Franken.  Franken won by just 312 votes. Off-road voters in Nevada played a key role in 2012 by helping TPAC endorsed senate candidate, Dean Heller, defeat the LCV endorsed Shelly Berkley by just over 1%.

As you can see, an organized and enthused OHV user base that shows up at the ballot box on Election Day can play a significant role in who goes back to Washington D.C. on November 4.   Your robust participation/support in key targeted races will help ensure our continued ability to enjoy high quality motorized recreation on public lands.



CAMPAIGN WATCH UPDATE - The Trail PAC has added the Scott Brown for Senate campaign in New Hampshire to our list of key races to monitor and potentially endorse.  His opponent, Jeanne Shaheen, received a 100% score from the Green Lobby's League of Conservation Voters (LCV) for her support of their legislative proposals in 2013.  In contrast, the LCV gave Brown a score of ZERO for his 2010 votes against their agenda.

Thanks again for your support in the 2014 midterms!

See you on the campaign trail.

Don Amador, Founder
The Trail PAC