"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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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

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Shutdown on San Diego Radio Show - Get in the Game, Arbitrary Closures, and Deal on Wed?


As Congress and the White House continue to battle over a resolution to the government shutdown, TPAC believes they will come to a short-term resolution (sometime on Wednesday).  Political pressure continues to mount from a public that is disgusted with the whole mess including families who have had to cancel vacations to lands managed by the FS, BLM, or NPS.
 

The San Diego-based Bike Week Radio interviewed me on October 13, 2013 regarding the shutdown’s impact to OHV recreation.   The show is hosted by icons of the motorcycle industry and having them set aside some time to discuss off-road politics highlights just how much of an impact this closure is having on the recreation electorate.
 

If you have time, TPAC encourages you to listen to the show as the following topics were discussed: arbitrary nature of closures, casual users impacted, lack of closure-related information from agencies, permitted events and volunteer cleanups cancelled or postponed, impacts also to non-motorized user groups, need for Congress to reform the Anti-Deficiency Act, and importance of OHV voters to get involved in the 2014 midterm election.
 

Don Amador Bike Week Radio (Show # 70) interview is from 27:51 – 35:03
http://www.bikeweekradioshow.com/sounds/BWRSwk70.html
 

For those of you who are new supporters of TPAC, we will include a link from a Cycle News article about why OHV recreationists need to “Get into the Game.”
 

Cycle News “Get into the Game” Article
 http://cyclenews.coverleaf.com/cyclenews/20111115#pg19

  

As we stated in the interview, the 2014 midterm elections are coming up next year and TPAC plans to continue our efforts to elect pro-trail candidates to the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.   If the shutdown cancelled your trip to an OHV event or impacted a family camping trip, feel free to make a “protest” donation to our 2014 midterm effort.
 

TPAC – Here is my “Protest” Donation
http://www.thetrailpac.com/donate.html

 

Thanks again for being engaged in the political process.
 

Don

 

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







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Thursday, October 3, 2013

White House Orders Closure of Privately Managed Parks

Gate Closed at OR Dunes NRA
 
The White House has validated TPAC’s motto that… “All Trail Decisions are Political Decisions” by issuing a precedent setting order directing federal agencies to close all parks that are managed by private management firms including the Arizona-based Recreation Resource Management Company.
Historically, these user-pay/user-benefit privately managed federal units have stayed open during government shutdowns including the 3 week shutdown in 1995.
Included below is an October 2, 2013 letter to Congress written by Recreation Resource Management’s owner, Warren Meyer.
 
October 2, 2013
 
Senator John McCain
Senator Jeff Flake
Representative David Schweikert
 
Help! Administration Orders Shut Down of Privately-Operated Parks in National Forest
Parks that require no Federal money, and actually pay rent to the Treasury, are being required to close
Sirs:
 
My company, based in North Phoenix, operates over 100 US Forest Service campgrounds and day use areas under concession contract. Yesterday, as in all past government shutdowns, the Department of Agriculture and US Forest Service confirmed we would stay open during the government shutdown. This makes total sense, since our operations are self-sufficient (we are fully funded by user fees at the gate), we get no federal funds, we employ no government workers on these sites, and we actually pay rent into the Treasury.
 
However, today, we have been told by senior member of the US Forest Service and Department of Agriculture that people “above the department”, which I presume means the White House, plan to order the Forest Service to needlessly and illegally close all private operations. I can only assume their intention is to artificially increase the cost of the shutdown as some sort of political ploy.
 
The point of the shutdown is to close non-essential operations that require Federal money and manpower to stay open. So why is the White House closing private operations that require no government money to keep open and actually pay a percentage of their gate revenues back to the Treasury? We are a tenant of the US Forest Service, and a tenant does not have to close his business just because his landlord goes on a vacation.
 
I urge you to help stop the Administration from lawlessly taking arbitrary and illegal actions to artificially worsen the shutdown by hurting innocent hikers and campers. I am not asking you to restore any funding, because no funding is required to keep these operations open. I am asking that the Administration be required to only close government services that actually require budget resources.
 
Sincerely,
Warren Meyer
 
 
In additions, confusion continues to plague the public since the Antideficiency Act, passed by Congress in 1870, prohibits the government from incurring any monetary obligation for which the Congress has not appropriated funds.   This precludes FS and BLM recreation staff from disseminating closure-related information to the public.
 
The Government Accountability Office states that employees who violate the Antideficiency Act may be subject to disciplinary action, suspension and even "fines, imprisonment, or both."
 
As hunters, off-roaders, fishermen, equestrians, and mountain-bikers prepare for this weekend’s adventure on federal lands, they can rest assured that closure signs await their arrival at many Forest Service, NPS, and BLM campgrounds, staging areas, and trailheads.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Govt. Shutdown - OHV Caught in DC Political Fight



TPAC Founder, Don Amador, at OR Dunes NRA 
This area is reported as being closed by the shutdown



Dear OHV Voter,

Throughout the West, federal land managers are announcing OHV related closures today in response to the government shutdown.
 
There does not appear to be any consistency between agencies and units on what recreation facilities and trails will be open.  
 
For example, the Cleveland National Forest in Southern California has closed the Corral Canyon OHV Area.  In Northern California, it appears the BLM's Ukiah Field Office will close the entrance gates to the South Cow Mountain OHV Recreation Area. 
 
Closure Sign at FS Staging Area at OR Dunes
*Photo thanks to Save the Riders Dunes
 
 
On the other hand in Colorado, it looks like public land trails on the White River National Forest and the BLM's Colorado River Valley Field Office will be open.
 
TPAC believes that Congress is acutely aware of the shutdown's impact to recreation activities via the House's introduction of a bill today to fund the National Park Service during the shutdown.
 
TPAC also believes the long lasting impact of the shutdown on multiple-use recreation is logarithmically related to the length of the impasse.
 
This is a massive political battle between opposing ideologies and public land recreation is but a small player on the scene.   TPAC urges recreationists to be advised their recreational experience may be severely impacted by the shutdown.
 
Best regards,
 
Don
 
Don Amador, Founder
The TrailPAC