Political Action Committee

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.

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MFB PAC announces 2014 endorsements

 The Maryland Farm Bureau PAC, the political action committee affiliated with the state’s largest general agricultural organization, recently announced the endorsement of 98  candidates in the House, Senate and Comptroller’s race for the state’s 2014 general election.

“An endorsement is recognition of a candidate’s commitment to the important issues of the agricultural community in Maryland,” said Pam Saul, Chairperson of the Maryland Farm Bureau PAC. “The support highlights that we are powerful and strong constituent within the halls of Annapolis.”

The Maryland Farm Bureau PAC is non-partisan. The endorsement process is intended to draw attention to farm issues in an election year, increase voter turnout and build a stronger relationship between local farmers and their elected officials. Much of the direction for the endorsement decisions comes from county Farm Bureaus.

“The endorsement process is truly a grassroots process,” Saul said. “Candidate surveys include concerns raised by Farm Bureau members. Each county creates a Candidate Evaluation Committee (CEC) that solicits input from their members, and in some cases, meets with the candidates. The CECs review the surveys and make recommendations on endorsements and contributions. The PAC Board relies heavily on the CECs and reviews the voting records of incumbents.”

Maryland Farm Bureau President Chuck Fry applauded the work of county committees and the PAC board. “This process truly exemplifies what’s great about the farming community and Farm Bureau,” he said. “We take direction from the grassroots – relying on the counties to determine which candidates would best serve the interests of farmers and rural Maryland.”

Saul said that those chosen have shown that they understand the importance of agriculture in Maryland. “The farming community plays an integral part in the state’s economy, not just in economic terms, but also in the number of direct and indirect jobs our sector provides,” she said. “We want to be supported and acknowledged for the work accomplished in meeting and surpassing sediment reduction goals for the 2017 milestones as we clean up the Bay. Maryland farmland accounts for over 2 million acres in the state and farmers work hard to protect it and the Bay. The candidates selected recognize that agriculture deserves to be supported.”

Governor of Maryland

Larry Hogan & Boyd Rutherford (R)

Comptroller of Maryland

Peter Franchot (D – Silver Spring)

Maryland State Senate

1 George Edwards (R ‐ Grantsville)

2 Christopher Shank (R – Hagerstown)

3 Corey Stottlemyer (R – Frederick)

4 Michael Hough (R ‐ New Market)

5 Joseph Getty (R – Manchester)

6 John Olszewski (D – Dundalk)

7 J.B. Jennings (R – Joppa)

8 Katherine Klausmeier (D – Baltimore)

9 Gail Bates (R – Glenelg)

12 Edward Kasemeyer (D – Columbia)

13 Guy Guzzone (D – Columbia)

15 Brian Feldman (D – Potomac)

27 Thomas V. Mike Miller (D–Clinton)

28 Mac Middleton (D–Waldorf)

29 Roy Dyson (D – Great Mills)

30 John Astle (D – Annapolis)

31 Bryan Simonaire (R‐Pasadena)

32 James DeGrange, Jr. (D – Glen Burnie)

33 Edward Reilly (R – Crofton)

34 Bob Cassilly (R – Bel Air)

35 Wayne Norman (R – Bel Air)

36 Steve Hershey (R – Queenstown)

38 Jim Mathias (D – Ocean City)

39 Nancy King (D‐Montgomery Village)

43 Joan Carter Conway (D – Baltimore)

Maryland House of Delegates

1A Wendell Beitzel (R – Accident)

1B Kevin Kelly (D‐Cumberland)

1C Michael McKay (R – Cumberland)

2A Andrew Serafini (R – Hagerstown)

2A Neil Parrott (R – Hagerstown)

2B John Donoghue (D – Hagerstown)

3A Carol Krimm (D – Frederick)

4 Kelly Schulz (R – New Market)

4 Kathy Afzali (R – Braddock Heights)

5 Susan Krebs (R – Eldersburg)

5 Justin Ready (R – Westminster)

6 Michael H. Weir, Jr (D – Baltimore)

7 Rick Impallaria (R – Joppa)

7 Pat McDonough (R ‐ Baltimore)

7 Kathy Szeliga (R ‐ Kingsville)

8 Eric Bromwell (D – Nottingham)

8 John Cluster (R – Baltimore)

9A Warren Miller (R – Glenwood)

9A Frank Mirabile (R – Woodbine)

11 Dana Stein (D – Baltimore)

12 Joseph “Joe” Hooe (R – Landsdown)

13 Frank Turner (D ‐ Columbia)

13 Jimmy Williams (R – Jessup)

14 Anne Kaiser (D – Silver Spring)

14 Eric Luedtke (D – Burtonsville)

14 Craig Zucker (D – Olney)

15 Kathleen Dumais (D – Rockville)

15 David Fraser‐Hidalgo (D – Boyds)

17 Kumar Barve (D – Rockville)

17 Jim Gilchrist (D – Rockville)

20 Sheila Hixson (D – Silver Spring)

21 Barbara Frush (D – Beltsville)

23B Marvin Holmes (D – Upper Marlboro)

23B Joseph Vallario (D – Suitland)

25 Dereck Davis (D – Mitchellville)

26 Kris Valderrama (D–Ft. Washington)

27A James E. Proctor, Jr. (D – Accokeek)

27C Mark Fisher (R – Prince Frederick)

28 Sally Jameson (D – Bryantown)

28 C.T. Wilson (D – Bryans Road)

28 Edith Patterson (D – Pomfret)

29A Daniel Slade (D – Leonardtown)

29B John Bohanan (D – California)

29C Tony O’Donnell (R – Lusby)

30A Mike Busch (D – Annapolis)

30A Herb McMillan (R – Annapolis)

31B Nicholaus R. Kipke (R – Pasadena)

32 Pamela Beidle (D – Linthicum)

33 Tony McConkey (R – Severna Park)

33 Cathy Vitale (R – Severna Park)

34B Susan McComas (R – Bel Air)

35A David Rudolph (D – Rising Sun)

35B Teresa Reilly (R – Whiteford)

36 Jay Jacobs (R – Rock Hall)

36 Steve Arentz (R – Grasonville)

36 Jeff Ghrist (R – Ridgely)

37A Sheree Sample‐Hughes (D–Salisbury)

37B Johnny Mautz (R – St. Michaels)

37B Chris Adams (R-Salisbury)

38A Charles Otto(R – Princess Anne)

38B Norman H. Conway (D – Salisbury)

38C Mary Beth Carozza (R – Ocean City)

42A Steven Lafferty (D – Baltimore)

42B Joe Boteler (R – Baltimore)

44 Susan Aumann (R -Baltimore)

43 Maggie McIntosh (D – Baltimore)

46 Peter Hammen (D – Baltimore)

Authority:  Cathy Kaptain, Treasurer

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