Ethanol group picks its winners, losers in Presidential race

Ethanol group picks its winners, losers in Presidential race

America's Renewable Future releases final candidate report card for 2016 Presidential race

America's Renewable Future released its final U.S. Presidential candidate report card last week, declaring "good" and "bad" category candidates based on support for the Renewable Fuel Standard.

The Iowa-based ARF says it will publicize the report card so 50,000 pledged caucus-goers "know which candidates will protect the state's economy or which will be job killers."

The tactics used will be a combination of grassroots and paid efforts, ARF said.

Among the candidates, ARF says Sens. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul stand out as the "bad" candidates on the renewable fuels report card, while the rest of the candidates on both sides of the aisle are graded as "good."

America's Renewable Future releases final candidate report card for 2016 Presidential race (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The report card designates a "good" candidate as one who has demonstrated support for the RFS and Iowa farmers and a "bad" candidate as one who has stood against Iowa farmers and the RFS.

ARF previously released a radio ad regarding Cruz's support for oil subsidies, and says it will continue the ads following the holiday season. In addition to paid media, ARF says it will cover Iowa's 99 counties with 17 field staffers who have organized more than 1,000 events in Iowa alone, including test plot events and RV stops at biofuel plants, and co-ops and county fairs.

Of Iowa caucus-goers, reportedly 61% of Republicans and 76% of Democrats say they support the RFS.

"Ted Cruz is dangerous to Iowa and thousands of Iowa jobs," said ARF State Director, Eric Branstad, "Our economy depends on a strong RFS and Iowans count on $5 billion in wages thanks to it, Ted Cruz wants to kill their jobs and we are going to make sure every Iowan knows that."

In early September, Farm Futures conducted its own survey on Presidential candidates, finding Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker -- who has since dropped out -- as the frontrunner. At the time, the poll revealed Donald Trump in second and Jeb Bush in third.

Republican candidates have long had mixed reviews on the RFS; see "Presidential candidate preview: Republicans on RFS, immigration," for a closer look.

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