ARAPAC

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does a PAC need support from all members?

Laws considered by Congress and proposed regulations considered by Federal Agencies impact the entire agricultural retail industry, not just one individual business. It is vital that every Ag retailer unite to do his or her part to elect a Congress that represents what is best for the industry.

How does ARAPAC select federal candidates to support?

ARAPAC seeks input from ARA Board members and State Associations to determine which candidate to support. Some of the guidelines used include voting record and positions on issues impacting the ag retail industry; committee assignments; and presence of ARA members in their state or Congressional district. ARA has also ARAPAC Steering Committee that will be solely focused on the PAC and increasing member participation.

How is ARAPAC funded?

ARAPAC’s political activities are funded by the voluntary contributions of ARA members above and beyond their membership dues. These contributions make it possible for ARAPAC and the ag retailer profession to have significant impact in elections are instrumental to ensuring we have both the funds and the people to be effective in the political arena.

Who is eligible to participate in ARAPAC?

ARA member companies’ executive and administrative staff, stockholders and the ARA executive and professional staff is eligible to participate in ARAPAC. All ARA members that are incorporated must give ARAPAC permission to solicit contributions from their employees by signing a Solicitation Authorization Form.

All contributions to ARAPAC are completely voluntary and must be personal. The amount any individual decides to contribute is completely up to them. Every contribution goes to support the industry.

Who should I contact for more information on ARAPC?

For additional information or questions on ARAPAC, please contact Richard Gupton, ARA Vice President of Legislative Policy & Counsel, by phone at (202) 457-0825 or e-mail at Richard@aradc.org.

 

 

ARAPAC Overview

The Agricultural Retailers Association Political Action Committee (ARAPAC) is the political arm of the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) and is a powerful tool in representing the Agricultural Retailer Industry on the federal level.  Funds from ARAPAC contributions allow ARA staff and members to attend political events and financially support members of Congress running for office that support our industry.  A strong PAC is essential to influencing public policy and advocating for the agricultural retailers and distributors who work to produce the nation’s food, feed, fiber, and fuel.

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