The Iowa Corn Growers Association® (ICGA) Political Action Committee (PAC) endorsed 68 candidates for the 2020 election cycle. Established with the bipartisan support of Iowa’s corn farmers more than a decade ago, the ICGA PAC is one tool for members to have a voice and an opportunity to be heard on issues that specifically impact Iowa’s corn farmers.
“Having a Political Action Committee is an important and necessary tool in the political process,” said ICGA PAC Chair Mark Mueller, a farmer from Bremer County. “The ICGA PAC endorsements provide our members with another way to keep Iowa Corn policies on the minds of decision-makers at the state and federal level that impact farm businesses. The voluntary ICGA PAC is an essential tool to support political leaders who have demonstrated their support for the Iowa Corn Growers Association’s policy priorities.”
The ICGA PAC is bipartisan, equally represented by both sides of the aisle by ICGA farmer-members appointed by the ICGA President. They objectively evaluate all candidates regardless of their party affiliation, on ICGA policy only. The PAC reviews candidate responses to an ICGA survey and their established voting record on ICGA’s policy priorities, such as conservation and water quality funding, ethanol, farm bill, taxes, trade, transportation, research, value-added agriculture, and livestock.
The success of ICGA's legislative policy development efforts hinges on a bipartisan approach to achieving our policy priorities. ICGA, being pro-agriculture regardless of political party, paves the way to achieving policies in the best interest of Iowa's corn farmers. The priorities of the ICGA policy book serve as the only criteria the PAC uses to make candidate endorsements. The ICGA PAC is recognized and respected for its bipartisan approach to achieving policy objectives of Iowa corn farmers by supporting lawmakers who work to implement ICGA member priorities.
ICGA’s Principles of the PAC ensure that the committee’s purpose is achieved: supporting candidates who have supported ICGA policies, as demonstrated by a voting record and written answers to the ICGA survey questions. Because of this objective data (voting record and survey), the ICGA PAC’s primary mode is to either support the incumbent, or previous incumbent or stay out of a race.
Funding for endorsements of candidates from the Iowa Corn Growers Association PAC comes only from voluntary PAC donations by ICGA members. Neither ICGA membership dues nor checkoff dollars are ever used for PAC contributions.
Endorsements for the 2020 election cycle include the following:
U.S. House of Representatives
District 1: Abby Finkenauer
District 3: Cindy Axne and David Young
District 4: Randy Feenstra
Nate Boulton, Waylon Brown, Mark Costello, Tom Courtney, Dan Dawson, Jeff Edler, Craig Johnson, Ken Rozenboom, Amy Sinclair, Dan Zumbach
Iowa House of Representatives
Robert P. Bacon, Terry C. Baxter, Michael R. Bergan, Brian Best, Jane Bloomingdale, Jacob Bossman, Wes Breckenridge, Holly Brink, Timi Brown-Powers, Dennis M. Cohoon, Karin Derry, Dave Deyoe, Dean Fisher, Joel Fry, John Forbes, Thomas D. Gerhold, Pat Grassley, Stan Gustafson, Chris Hall, Lee Hein, Dustin D. Hite, Steven Holt, Jon Jacobsen, Tom Jeneary, Megan Jones, Kenan Judge, Bobby Kaufmann, David Kerr, Jarad Klein, John Landon, Brian K. Lohse, Shannon Lundgren, David E. Maxwell, Andy McKean, Ann Meyer, Brian Meyer, Joe Mitchell, Gary M. Mohr, Norlin G. Mommsen, Anne Osmundson, Scott D. Ourth, Ross C. Paustian, Todd Prichard, Kirsten Running-Marquardt, Sandy Salmon, David Sieck, Mike Sexton, RasTafari I. Smith, Ray Sorensen, Jon Thorup, John Wills, Matt W. Windschitl and Gary Worthan
Brandi Snyder, Public Relations Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org, 515-225-9242