Indiana Farm Bureau has announced the creation of a new political action committee (PAC). Indiana Farm Bureau has had a political PAC that has endorsed and provided financial contributions to main candidates for federal office. Now a second PAC has been set up to focus solely on state races. Katrina Hall, director of Farm Bureau public policy division, stated, “AgELECT will operate with identical grassroots endorsement procedures to ELECT, the organization’s existing federal PAC.” She added that, with the creation of AgELECT to focus on state races, INFB’s existing ELECT PAC will be used at the federal level.
The new PAC will be able to accept contributions from corporations as well as individuals outside of Farm Bureau, something the old PAC was not able to do. Hall says this will increase the funding and boost the organization’s political muscle, “INFB believes it’s crucial to support elected officials who value farmers. Both PACs will work to enhance agricultural related interests through involvement in the political process and influencing the selection, nomination, and election of individuals to public office.”
“We’re involved in more state races than we have been in the past,” said INFB Vice President and PAC chair, Kendell Culp. “We’re trying to help our members have more influence at the Statehouse.” He said INFB believes it is crucial to support elected officials who value farmers. Both PACs will work to enhance agricultural-related interests through involvement in the political process and through influencing the selection, nomination, and election of individuals to public office. AgELECT will operate with identical grassroots endorsement procedures to ELECT, the organization’s existing federal PAC.
Fundraising for AgELECT has already started at district and county Farm Bureau meetings. “We’re off to a really strong start,” Culp said. “We’re trying to get the word out about the new PAC, the benefits of it, and how it adds clout to our organization. It seems to be really well received.”