The Maryland Farm Bureau Political Action Committee (PAC) is the legal method to raise funds, report donations and contribute to candidates seeking election to public office. The MFB PAC was established shortly after the 1998 Maryland General Assembly session to provide more farmer influence and support in future General Assembly’s. MFB believed that farmers should be able to join together to identify candidates who would support our industry and provide funding to help them get elected.
The MFB PAC is a “state” PAC and under the law can only give donations to candidates who are seeking election to a state-level office in Maryland. MFB PAC is independent of any political party or candidate and is specifically set up to have an equal representation in its governing body by Democrats and Republicans. The MFB PAC is governed by a 12-member Board of Directors. The Board members are elected by County Farm Bureau’s in each of the 6 Districts of Maryland Farm Bureau with 1 Democrat and 1 Republican from each District.
Funds are collected for the PAC through two methods. The largest fundraiser coincides with the Farm Bureau membership renewal process, where members are invited to donate $2 or more to the PAC when they pay their annual MFB dues. Other fundraisers include the sale of a lapel pin with a farm design on it during the MFB annual convention in December. Pins usually sell for $10 each.
2017 MFB PAC Board Members
Chairman, Michael Calkins
Vice Chairman, Bill Benson
Treasurer, Cathy Kaptain
Robert Ramsburg, Frederick County
Lonnie Luther, Montgomery County
Steve Walter, Charles County
Gilbert “BJ” Bowling, Charles County
Les Richardson, Baltimore County
Jonathan Quinn, Cecil County
Ed Heikes, Talbot County
Jennifer Debnam, Kent County
Alan Hudson, Worcester County
1 current vacancy – Western Maryland
Authority: Cathy Kaptain, Treasurer