NTRA Candidates Overwhelm Foes

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 7, 2014)  – The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced this week that 95 percent of federal candidates receiving contributions from Horse PAC, the NTRA’s bipartisan Political Action Committee, won their races in Tuesday’s general election. Horse PAC-supported candidates won 36 of 37 House races and three of four Senate races.

Horse PAC disburses directly to individual candidates and/or to their leadership PACs or other PACs that support candidates. During this election cycle, Horse PAC disbursed a total of $327,000 to candidates and PACs in 19 states. Kentucky-based candidates and PACs received $52,500 in Horse PAC funds over the two-year cycle. Other leading states included New York ($46,000), Texas ($32,500), California ($26,500) and Florida ($22,500).

Horse PAC supports federal political candidates who serve on Congressional committees that oversee matters pertaining to livestock and agriculture issues, Internet gaming, taxation, immigration and the Interstate Horseracing Act; are established Congressional leaders; understand horse racing’s issues; have racetracks, breeding farms, training centers and ADWs in their states; are members of the Congressional Horse Caucus; or are emerging leaders meriting early support in their legislative careers.

“The non-partisan Horse PAC ensures that Thoroughbred racing will continue to have influential supporters in Congress,” said Alex Waldrop, President and CEO of the NTRA. “Our strategy of backing members of key committees and candidates representing states that have significant horse racing constituencies is intended to support lawmakers that can be most helpful in achieving our collective goals.”

For more on the general election, read the 2014 Post-Election Analysis, prepared by the NTRA’s government relations consultants at The Alpine Group, available online as a downloadable PDF. http://www.ntra.com/media/8928664/alpinegroup-postelectionanalysis_2014.pdf

Since its founding in 2002, Horse PAC has disbursed nearly $3 million to federal political candidates and parties. For more information visit www.SupportHorseRacing.org.