"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.
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.
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.
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.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

What Inspires You to Join the Fight for Trail Access in the 2016 Elections?

With just a few weeks left until November 8, TPAC will be launching a 2-Day “What Inspires You to Get Involved in the Election” Fundraiser on October 18 and 19.

TPAC will be asking you to name your favorite OHV road, trail, open area, or person that inspired you to support our effort to elect pro-trail candidates in the 2016 election cycle.  .

As you know, Congress and federal regulatory agencies, such as the EPA, FS, BLM, and USFWS directly or indirectly control what vehicles we can purchase, aftermarket products we can install, or where/when we can recreate on public lands.

Loss of trail and road opportunities can even impact motorized access for folks who want to enjoy non-motorized activities such as mountain biking, hang-gliding, fishing, and equestrian use.

Funds raised will help TPAC support pro-trail federal candidates in the 2016 presidential election who need 11th hour support.

For a donation of $25 dollars or more, TPAC will list the first name, city, state, of donor and his/her favorite federal, state, county, or private trail/riding area/racing facility.   The list will be updated each day.  TPAC also has some of its new “Vote Trails” decals that we will send to you as well.

TPAC will take early donations and will include early donors when the fundraiser is launched on October 18.

You can donate $25, $50, $100, $200, $500, $1,000, up to $5,000.



Bill, Coos Bay, OR – OR Dunes National Recreation Area
Jimmy, Redding, CA – Son and Daughter

Thanks for your support in the fight for trail access in the 2016 elections.


Don Amador, Founder
The Trail PAC

Monday, August 15, 2016

TPAC Endorses Roy Blunt for Senate in MO


The Trail Political Action Committee (TPAC) is proud to announce its official endorsement and support for Roy Blunt who is running for re-election to the U.S. Senate in Missouri.

Don Amador, Founder of The Trail PAC, said, “Senator Blunt believes it is the government’s role to provide recreational access to public lands for all Missourians.  Today, the federal government continues to promulgate onerous rules and regulations that restrict public access for hunters, fishermen, and trail enthusiasts.”

“Senator Blunt is well-known and respected for his efforts to hold federal regulators accountable.  Outdoor enthusiasts need to send Blunt back to D.C. to continue his work on their behalf,” Amador concluded.

Senator Blunt voted for S1040 in committee, more commonly known as the RIDE Act.  It requires the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to postpone proposed mandates for off-road, side-by-side vehicles (ROVs) until those proposals have been studied and evaluated by government scientific organizations.  That legislation followed the CPSC's rejection of a bipartisan Senate request, signed by Blunt, that the CPSC work cooperatively with the ROV industry and other stakeholders.

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

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Legendary Off Road Racing Family Endorses TPAC

Legendary Off-Road Family Endorses TPAC

RIVERSIDE, CA (Aug. 10, 2016) – A premier off-road racing family and long-time champion of efforts to protect trail access on public lands endorsed The Trail PAC (TPAC) today.  Malcolm Smith, President of Malcolm Smith Motorsports, and his son, Alexander Smith, General Manager of Malcolm Smith Motorsports, in Riverside California, issued a joint endorsement of TPAC’s effort to elect pro-trail candidates to Congress.

Malcolm Smith, an off-road racing legend, states, "My friends, customers, and racing/riding buddies know that my life, career, and family life have centered on my love of trail riding in the great outdoors.  It has been a cherished blessing and is something I want to make sure is around for my children and future generations.”

“Over the years, I have seen thousands of miles of trails closed in Southern California and other places.  Trail enthusiasts have to be involved in the fight to keep trails open for responsible OHV recreation.  Off-road voters must support candidates that will champion access to public lands,” Smith continues.

"Both Alexander and myself have appreciated the work that TPAC has been doing over the last two election cycles to help elect pro-trail candidates to the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.  We are proud to endorse the efforts of TPAC in 2016 to help elect politicians who will support our right to ride on designated roads, trails, and areas," Smith concludes.

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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.

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.


*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!


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.


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)


Don Amador, Founder
The Trail PAC

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.


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