The Iowa Corn Growers Association, one of the state's most influential farm groups, announced on September 2 that its political action committee is endorsing Democrat Bruce Braley in his campaign for the U.S. Senate against Republican state Sen. Joni Ernst. A news release from the ICGA said the decisions were made by a bipartisan committee of farmer-members who consider candidates based only on their support of ICGA policies. Braley was one of 75 state and federal candidates winning the Corn Growers PAC endorsement.
The press release says: The Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) Political Action Committee (PAC) has endorsed 75 state and federal candidates for the 2014 elections. ICGA PAC decisions are made by a bipartisan committee of farmer-members who consider candidates based only on their support of ICGA policies. Candidates are evaluated on priority corn policies such as conservation and water quality funding, corn checkoff, transportation, ethanol, farm bill, taxes, trade, and value-added agriculture, including livestock.
Ag policy is critical to the future of farming and farmers
"Agricultural policy is critical to the future of our farming operations. The Iowa Corn PAC supports our leaders who have demonstrated their support for ICGA policy positions and priorities," says Mark Recker, a farmer from Arlington, Iowa, and ICGA PAC chair.
ICGA PAC decisions are made through an objective analysis including candidate responses to our survey, voting records, letters and other quantified evidence of support. The ICGA PAC committee members include farmers from across Iowa, with an equal balance of party affiliation to ensure decisions are based only on corn growers' policies. Funding for contributions to candidates from the Iowa Corn Growers Association PAC comes only from voluntary PAC donations by ICGA members. Neither ICGA dues, nor checkoff dollars, are used for PAC contributions.
The Braley campaign issued a statement saying Braley has a strong record of working to grow Iowa's rural economy. "He worked for three years across party lines to pass the bipartisan farm bill that is critical to Iowa jobs and Iowa's farming communities. He has also fought staunchly to protect the Renewable Fuel Standard, which supports nearly 75,000 Iowa jobs," the campaign statement said.
Ernst was previously endorsed by the Iowa Farm Bureau, another leading ag organization in the state.
Other Iowa Corn Grower PAC endorsements
Endorsements for the 2014 federal election cycle include the following:
* U.S. Senate: Bruce Braley (D)
* U.S. House of Representatives (4): Steve King (R), Dave Loebsack (D), Pat Murphy (D) and David Young (R)
Endorsements for the 2014 state election cycle include the following:
* Iowa Governor: Terry Branstad (R)
* Iowa Secretary of Agriculture: Bill Northey (R)
* Iowa Senate (14): Daryl Beall (D), Rick Bertrand (R), Tod Bowman (D), Bill Dix (R), Bill Dotzler (D), Bob Dvorsky (D), Rita Hart (D), Rob Hogg (D), David Johnson (R), Matt McCoy (D), Amanda Ragan (D), Jason Schultz (R), Joe Seng (D), and Jack Whitver (R)
* Iowa House of Representatives (54): Rob Bacon (R), Chip Baltimore (R), Clel Baudler (R), Bruce Bearinger (D), Josh Byrnes (R), Dennis Cohoon (D), Peter Cownie (R), Dave Deyoe (R), Cecil Dolecheck (R), Jack Drake (R), Nancy Dunkel (D), Dean Fisher (R), John Forbes (D), Joel Fry (R), Mary Gaskill (D), Tedd Gassman (R), Pat Grassley (R), Chris Hagenow (R), Chris Hall (D), Curt Hanson (D), Jake Highfill (R), Lisa Heddens (D), Lee Hein (R), Dan Huseman (R), Dave Jacoby (D), Ron Jorgensen (R), Bobby Kaufmann (R), Jerry Kearns (D), Jarad Klein (R), John Landon (R), Vicki Lensing (D), Jim Lykam (D), Dave Maxwell (R), Brian Meyer (D), Helen Miller (D), Brian Moore (R), Dan Muhlbauer (D), Kraig Paulsen (R), Todd Prichard (D), Joe Riding (D), Walt Rogers (R), Patti Ruff (D), Kirsten Running-Marquardt (D), Scott Ourth (D), Thomas Sands (R), Mark Smith (D), Chuck Soderberg (R), Quentin Stanerson (R), Sharon Steckman (D), Sally Stutsman (D), Rob Taylor (R), Linda Upmeyer (R), Matt Windschitl (R), and Gary Worthan (R)