(Indianapolis) – September 14, 2017 – Indiana Farm Bureau Inc. has launched AgELECT, the organization’s new state political action committee (PAC). AgELECT contributions will be used to support state senate and state house of representative candidates who are supportive of Indiana agriculture. With the creation of AgELECT to focus on state races, INFB’s existing ELECT PAC will be used at the federal level.
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. AgELECT will operate with identical grassroots endorsement procedures to ELECT, the organization’s existing federal PAC.
“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.”
AgELECT provides more fundraising flexibility by expanding the pool of potential donors to corporations and non-members. Individuals, LLCs, sole proprietorships, and partnerships are able to contribute an unlimited amount of money to AgELECT. Corporate contributions, however, are limited by Indiana state law.
Fundraising for AgELECT has already started at district and county Farm Bureau meetings. AgELECT was also formally introduced during the INFB delegate session held on Aug. 26, which brought together INFB members from every county in the state.
“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.”
About Indiana Farm Bureau: Since 1919, Indiana Farm Bureau (INFB) has protected the livelihood, land, equipment, animals and crops of Hoosier farmers. It is the state’s largest general farm organization and a farmer’s strongest advocate. INFB works diligently to ensure a farmer’s right to farm, because agriculture is so vital to Indiana’s economy. Learn more at INFB.org.