"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, 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



Monday, June 23, 2014

The Trail PAC Endorses Tom Cotton for Senate in AR

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.  Today, TPAC is proud to announce its endorsement and support for Tom Cotton who is running for the U.S. Senate in Arkansas.

Congressman Cotton believes it is vitally important for the government to provide access to public lands to all Arkansans, irrespective of their mode of transport. Far too often today, the federal government is attempting to take over more private land and restrict the use of public lands in the name of “environmental protection.” Restrictions come in many varieties, but recently the most frequent attack has been through Endangered Species Act listings. The Administration is making a concerted effort to change the rules of the listing process so it is easier to list lands, thereby restricting use and providing additional motivation for individuals to sell their land to federal authorities.

Tom supports the use of federal lands by all users - hunters, fishermen, trail riders, hikers, and everyone else. He believes the proper management of federal lands is achieved when citizens are able to use the land and pass down respect for the land to the next generation, just like his father Len did with Tom, not when we block it off from any use.

Cotton joins Terri Lynn Land for Senate in Michigan and Steve Daines for Senate in Montana as our 3rd officially endorsed/supported senate race.

Trail voters need a net gain of six seats in November to change the current Senate leadership.   TPAC, along with other political observers, believes the AR senate race will play an important role in changing that Senate paradigm.

6-time Gold Medalist for the International Six Days Enduro and National Enduro Champion, Steve Hatch, says, “I applaud the actions and support the hard work of TPAC’s efforts to elect pro-trail candidates to the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. We all need to stand together and help continue to fight for our trails.”

As you know, TPAC's strategy in 2014 is to target/support up to 11 key Senate and 15 important battleground House races.  Join Steve Hatch and many others in support of TPAC’s effort to change the current leadership in the U.S. Senate and retain the pro-access House majority.   Please consider a donation of $10, $25, $100, $500, or $1,000 today.

Watch for official TPAC endorsements soon in the Colorado and Iowa senate races.

Thanks for helping get summer motorized recreation into the game.

Don Amador, Founder
The Trail PAC







Wednesday, May 14, 2014

TPAC Names Terri Lynn Land for Senate in Michigan as 2nd Key Race

The Trail PAC is proud to announce its official support for Terri Lynn Land for Senate as our 2nd targeted key battleground senate race in the 2014 midterm election cycle. 

Political insiders have stated that this Michigan senate race between Terri Lynn Land and Gary Peters is one of the hottest contests in the country.  Terri has a balanced approach to public land management and understands recreation access issues.  Her opponent has been endorsed by the League of Conservation Voters, the political action arm of Earth Justice, Earth First!, and the Sierra Club.

Terri has a strong commitment to balancing the public’s desire for recreational access to federal lands and waterways while also championing environmental stewardship. Terri believes that the best land-use decisions are made by local constituents and other local stakeholders, rather than bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. Terri has a history, working with her family business and in local government, bringing together local stakeholders to determine land-use. 

A victory for Terri could help change U.S. Senate leadership which continues to jam regulatory reform efforts.  Off-road voters must weigh in to change that unresponsive paradigm.   With your help in 2014, we can remove those roadblocks by electing a pro-access majority to the U.S. Senate and maintain and grow our majority in the House of Representatives.

Terri now joins Steve Daines for Senate in Montana as our 2nd targeted/endorsed race and TPAC plans on announcing our 3rd targeted senate race in the very near future.  Support for our 1st targeted House race was recently announced for Congressman David Valadao in California’s 21st congressional district.

As the summer political season heats up, please help send a strong message to closure advocates and their friends in Washington D.C. that you are not going to sit on the sidelines any longer.  Join your fellow off-roaders, professional racers, and OHV business owners who are supporting TPAC’s effort in 2014 by making a donation today.

DONATE $25, $50, $100, $200, $500, $1,000 TODAY TO KEEP TRAILS AND RIDING AREAS OPEN


Your donation will support TPAC's strategy of targeting up to 11 key senate races in states such as Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, and Colorado and up to 15 important battleground House races in various congressional districts including Arizona CD2/CD3, California CD7/36/52, Colorado CD6, Utah CD4, and West Virginia CD3.

Thanks for getting engaged in the political process!

Don Amador, Founder
The Trail PAC



Monday, February 10, 2014

Join the FIGHT - Don't Let OHV Become an Endangered Species (and Thank You!)

The Trail PAC wants to thank the following off-road champions; Jason Scherer, Destry Abbott, Cody Webb, and Steve Hatch for being the 1st professional powersports athletes to endorse our efforts to elect pro-trail candidates to Congress in the 2014 midterms.

TPAC also wants to thank all the OHV voters who donated to our kickoff “Be a Trail Hero” fundraiser.  You are OHV champions too!  Here is the list of those electoral heroes.

HALL OF FAME - DONATE $1000 - $5000

Don – Oakley, CA

TRAIL HERO - DONATE $500 - $999

Brad – Roseville, CA

TRAIL CHAMPION - DONATE $200 - $499


Carl - San Diego, CA
Kane - Soquel, CA
Calvin - Windsor, CA
Richard - Palo Alto, CA
Sean - Roseville, CA
Jerry - Oakdale, CA
Richard – Palo Alto, CA
Andres – Lafayette, CA

TRAIL LEADER - DONATE $100 - $199

Scott - Penryn, CA
Doug - South Lake Tahoe, CA
Jason – Fallon, NV
Dan – Payson, UT
Erik – Hayward, CA
Del – Mokelumne, CA
Clark – Pocatello, ID
Richard – Minneapolis, MN

TRAIL SUPPORTER - DONATE $25 - $99

Mike – Turlock, CA
Jeff – Watsonville, CA
Scott – Mount Shasta, CA
Gregor – Hermosa Beach, CA
Casey - Danville, CA
Bruce - Madison, SD
Byron - Mercer Island, WA
Caren - Ridgecrest, CA
Tom - Bend, OR
Eric – Puyallup, WA


Several decades ago, the green lobby decided to put the timber industry out-of-business on federal lands. They used the Northern Spotted Owl as a tool to kill that industry.  Today, the federal timber program has functionally gone extinct.

Those same groups now have painted a political target on the back of the OHV community and are using the Sage Grouse in 11 Western States to accomplish a similar goal. Our fate does not have to be the same as federal timber operators. We have the power in this election to change the political structure in Washington D.C.

Federal election law allows you to donate up to $5,000 dollars to TPAC to help our effort. Don’t sit on the sidelines in this election – it’s too important. Don’t expect other trail voters to carry the load by themselves. Join with us in this FIGHT to promote and protect responsible OHV recreation on public and private lands via the electoral process.

DONATE $25, $50, $100, $250, $500, up to $5000 TO KEEP OHV OFF THE ENDANGERED SPECIES LIST

Thanks for your continued support!


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



Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Off-Road "King" of the Hammers - Jason Scherer - Endorses TPAC Midterm Effort


Each day this week, as part of TPAC’s update on our “Be a Trail Hero” fundraiser’s donor list, we will highlight a famous off-road champion who has endorsed TPAC’s effort to send pro-trail candidates to the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate.

Today, an off-road racing champion and long-time supporter of efforts to protect trail access on public lands endorsed The Trail PAC.  Jason Scherer is the 2009 King of the Hammers Race winner and has captured the crown at many other OHV competitions.

King Scherer, states, “As a professional competitor and trail enthusiast, I know what it takes to keep trails open for responsible OHV recreation.  The recent fight to protect historic motorized access at the BLM’s Johnson Valley OHV Area is proof that it is the politicians who make land use decisions that impact us all.  Electing pro-trail candidates is the most effective way to help secure long-term recreational access to public lands for current and future generations.”

“I want to encourage off-road voters to get engaged in the 2014 midterm elections.  I am proud to endorse the efforts of TPAC to help elect politicians who will support our access to public lands, Scherer concludes.

TPAC is working to change the obstructionist leadership in the U.S. Senate that kills OHV-related regulatory reform efforts.  Off-road voters can help remove legislative chokepoint by electing a pro-access majority to the U.S. Senate and maintain and grow our majority in the House of Representatives.

TPAC’s strategy is to target/support up to 11 key senate races in states such as Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, Michigan, and Montana.  We also look to target up to 15 important battleground House races in various congressional districts including Arizona CD2/CD3, California CD7/21, Colorado CD6, Utah CD4, and West Virginia CD3.

The TPAC Trail Access Victory Fund has set a goal to raise $10,000 or more between now and the FEC filing deadline of January 31. Your donation WILL allow us to support key pro-trail candidates in battleground races.  TPAC is asking you to be a TRAIL:  HALL OF FAME MEMBER, HERO, CHAMPION, LEADER, or SUPPORTER.

During the week TPAC will be featuring Off-Road Champions from King of the Hammers, National Enduros, Best in the Desert, ISDE, King of the Motos, National Mototrials, and National Hare & Hound who are supporting TPAC’s effort to elect pro-trail candidates to Congress.

Trail users who donate will have their first name/city/state listed in the following categories:


HALL OF FAME - DONATE $1000 - $5000


TRAIL HERO - DONATE $500 - $999


TRAIL CHAMPION - DONATE $200 - $499

Richard – Palo Alto, CA
Sean – Roseville, CA
Jerry – Oakdale, CA
Andres – Lafayette, CA

TRAIL LEADER - DONATE $100 - $199

Clark – Pocatello, ID
Richard – Minneapolis, MN

TRAIL SUPPORTER - DONATE $25 - $99

Eric – Puyallup, WA


*MAKE YOUR DONATION AT THE TPAC LINK BELOW:


You will note there are several names already on the list because they were anticipating our formal launch and wanted to be first out of the gate. Again, the donation lists will be updated each day until the FEC filing deadline of January 31.

Remember is it Congress that decides where you and I ride or drive our OHVs.  Let send more candidates who support our values back to Washington D.C. in 2014.

Don

Don Amador, Founder
The Trail PAC


Monday, January 27, 2014

TPAC -JOIN The Fight to Keep Trails Open - Be a Hero Fundraiser - 1st Targeted Senate Race and Off-Road Champions Support TPAC Effort

The Trail PAC is proud to announce its official “Be a Trail Hero” launch into the 2014 midterm election cycle.  Trail voters “got into the game” in the 2012 election by helping elect a number of pro-access legislators into Congress including Nevada’s U.S. Senator, Dean Heller.  TPAC expects to build on that success in this election cycle.

Congress has a growing number of legislators who are off-road enthusiasts themselves and support responsible OHV use on federal lands.  Members of the U.S. House of Representatives have introduced and passed legislation that supports public use of motorized trails.  They have also passed bills and held oversight hearings to address unwarranted and politically motived excessive OHV-related regulations at the EPA, Forest Service, and BLM.

However, U.S. Senate leadership is jamming similar regulatory reform efforts in that legislative body.  Off-road voters must weigh in to change that unresponsive paradigm.   With your help in 2014, we can remove those roadblocks by electing a pro-access majority to the U.S. Senate and maintain and grow our majority in the House of Representatives.

TPAC’s strategy is to target/support up to 11 key senate races in states such as Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, Michigan, and Montana.  We also look to target up to 15 important battleground House races in various congressional districts including Arizona CD2/CD3, California CD7/21, Colorado CD6, Utah CD4, and West Virginia CD3.


TPAC is pleased to announce that we are supporting Steve Daines for Senate in Montana as our 1st targeted senate race.   Last week, MT access leader, Amy Brieder, presented Steve Daines with an official TPAC donation at Yellowstone Motorsports in Belgrade, MT.


After the presentation by Amy, Steve Daines said, “A big thanks to TrailPAC for their support of my election to U.S. Senate. Access to our outdoor recreation is a big part of the lives of Montana families and I will work to preserve these opportunities for future generations to enjoy.”

The TPAC Trail Access Victory Fund has set a goal to raise $10,000 or more between now and the FEC filing deadline of January 31. Your donation WILL allow us to support key pro-trail candidates in battleground races.  TPAC is asking you to be a TRAIL:  HALL OF FAME MEMBER, HERO, CHAMPION, LEADER, or SUPPORTER.

Each day this week as we update the donor list, TPAC will be featuring Off-Road Champions from King of the Hammers, National Enduros, Best in the Desert, ISDE, King of the Motos, National Mototrials, and National Hare & Hound who are supporting TPAC’s effort to elect pro-trail candidates to Congress.

Trail users who donate will have their first name/city/state listed in the following categories:


HALL OF FAME - DONATE $1000 - $5000


TRAIL HERO - DONATE $500 - $999


TRAIL CHAMPION - DONATE $200 - $499

Sean – Roseville, CA
Jerry – Oakdale, CA
Andres – Lafayette, CA

TRAIL LEADER - DONATE $100 - $199


Clark – Pocatello, ID

Richard – Minneapolis, MN



TRAIL SUPPORTER - DONATE $25 - $99

Eric – Puyallup, WA


*MAKE YOUR DONATION AT THE TPAC LINK BELOW:


You will note there are several names already on the list because they were anticipating our formal launch and wanted to be first out of the gate. Again, the donation lists will be updated each day until the FEC filing deadline of January 31.


You made a difference in 2012, now let’s build on that success in 2014!

Don

Don Amador, Founder
The TrailPAC
www.thetrailpac.com












Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving from TPAC - Let's Give Thanks for Trails!

As OHV voters prepare to enjoy the Thanksgiving Day holiday with family and friends, TPAC wants to extend a heartfelt thanks to all of you who are helping us elect pro-trail candidates to the U.S. Congress in the 2014 midterms.

TPAC also wants to commend the owner of Roseville Kawasaki/Yamaha, Sean Coplen, for his precedent setting outreach to his customers so they can be informed on the three steps of  how to protect OHV recreation on public lands. 

In Coplen’s letter of support for national and local trail advocacy groups, he also urges his customers to become engaged in the electoral process by supporting TPAC.  TPAC believes this is the 1st motorcycle dealer to articulate (in a letter to his customers) such strong public support for political activism at the national level as a key and effective factor in the OHV advocacy equation.

According to a recent federal OHV recreation survey, about 19% of Americans participate in OHV recreation on an annual basis.  There is huge potential for that electorate to have a significant impact on federal elections IF they become engaged.

The 2014 midterm election season is rapidly approaching and TPAC is getting ready to hit the political trail running with support for pro-access candidates in key battleground states. 

If you want to support that effort, please make your “I’M THANKFUL FOR TRAILS” donation of $25, $50, $100, $200, $500, or $1,000 dollars at the link below:


Thanks again for your support!

Happy Thanksgiving,



Don Amador, Founder
The Trail PAC