After helping secure victories for 151 of 158 endorsed candidates in the 2014 general election, FarmPAC is looking to build on its success in 2018. Alabama Farmers Federation President Jimmy Parnell said the organization’s political action committee is asking members to make a four-year commitment to help elect candidates who share the organization’s core values. “We must be prepared to stand up for our freedom, our rights, our values and our way of life,” Parnell said. “This year, the Federation and FarmPAC triumphed over political powerhouses with five times our budget. We were able to do this because we take a stand for what’s right; we invest our resources wisely, and our county leaders are active in the political process.” Candidates endorsed by FarmPAC last year said the Federation’s support made the difference in their campaigns. “I wouldn’t be here without the farmers,” said State Rep. David Faulkner, R-Birmingham. “There’s not a lot of farmland in my district, but I know how important agriculture and forestry are to the state. Your members are real people who work in Alabama and have families in Alabama. The Federation members who helped me are genuine, down-to-earth folks who care about this state.” Like Faulkner, State Sen. Tim Melson, R-Florence, is beginning his first term in the Alabama Legislature. “As a farmer, I understand the importance of being involved in the political process,” Melson said. “Legislation, regulations and taxes impact our businesses and way of life. FarmPAC gives Federation members a voice in the electoral process. I appreciate the Federation’s endorsement. FarmPAC’s support has given me the opportunity to represent the values, concerns and needs of voters in my district at the State House.” In preparation for the next election cycle, the Federation launched FarmPAC 2018. Members who join the effort commit to giving a special annual contribution for four years, beginning in 2015. “FarmPAC 2018 donors understand good government begins with an engaged, informed and invested electorate,” Parnell said. “Their four-year commitment will help provide a solid foundation as we build on last year’s success.” To join FarmPAC 2018, contact a Federation Area Organization Director or call Stacey Thrash at (334) 613-4222.
FarmPac Looks To Build On Political Success In 2018