"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.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Timber, Trails, and Election 2012 - Keep OHV Off ESA List

With just four weeks left in this election cycle before Nov. 6, TPAC and trail voters are entering a critical phase in our effort to elect a pro-trail and pro-EPA reform majority to the U.S. Senate and to keep our access majority in the House. 

As you know the pro-trail majority in the House of Representatives has worked hard on our behalf.  However, the anti-access majority in the U.S. Senate has stymied efforts by pro-access Senators to hold the White House, regulators, and land-agencies accountable on issues such as Forest Service Travel Management, Presidential National Monument Designations, OHV event cost-recovery reform, EPA’s politically motivated anti-OHV regulatory agenda, and taxpayer-funded environmental lawsuits.

Several decades ago, the green lobby decided to put the timber industry out-of-business on federal lands. To successfully accomplish that goal they helped elect their candidates to Congress and the White House.  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 political and judicial process 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. 


Your support is already making a difference.  Our 7 targeted key Senate candidates and 5 targeted key House races know that off-roaders are supporting and defending them as they battle their League of Conservation Voters or CREDO SuperPAC-supported opponents.


New polling data has come in which shows the FL, OH, and Connecticut senate races have become virtual ties and are contests that TPAC should be getting into.  Remember, trail voters need a net gain of four senate seats (3 senate seats if Romney/Ryan win) to achieve our goal of electing a pro-access majority to that body.


This week is fish or cut bait time for trail voters in Election 2012.  TPAC and our team of political analysts will be reviewing new polling data and races nationwide this week so that our fiscal resources can be directed to campaigns where those funds will have the most impact. 


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 effort 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


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