"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, 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



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