The Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association is committed to sound public policy and has created a political action committee to assist these efforts. We believe that advocating for Ohio farmers is vitally important because elected and future policymakers need to know how legislation affects modern agriculture. Dedicated and focused on issues directly impacting corn and small grain farmers, the OCWGA PAC financially supports candidates who promote core issues that are important to them.
Money for the OCWGA PAC comes from hundreds of farmer members annually, not from dues but voluntary contributions. Prior to support of any candidate, the OCWGA PAC Board of Director’s conduct a thorough review of each candidate’s position on issues of concern to corn and small grain producers. The OCWGA PAC Board is always mindful of its purpose: The OCWGA PAC is to provide the opportunity for individuals interested in the furtherance of Ohio’s corn and wheat growing community to support worthy candidates for elected office.
Chair – John Hoffman Vice Chair – Denny Vennekotter
Treasurer – Tadd Nicholson Secretary – Luke Crumley
Anthony Bush Bryan Bush
John Davis Mark Drewes
Paul Herringshaw Ben Klick
Gail Lierer Patty Mann
Fred Miller Jon Miller
John Settlemyre John Schroeder
Mike Stover Eric Tipton
Michael Vallery Ray Van Horn
Rachael Vonderhaar Gary Wilson
Transparency is one of the key priorities of the OCWGA PAC. The PAC is widely recognized and respected for its non-partisan approach to achieving the policy objectives of Ohio’s corn and small grain growers by supporting lawmakers who work to implement OCWGA member priorities.
WHY DOES OHIO CORN & WHEAT GROWERS ASSOCIATION NEED A PAC?
Voluntary PAC contributions provide OCWGA members another voice in the process, another chance to educate and influence policy decisions made at the state and federal level. Fully participating in the policy-making process at the federal and state level with a PAC that supports OCWGA policies is essential.
WHO CAN CONTRIBUTE TO THE OCWGA PAC?
Voluntary contributions may be accepted from any U.S. citizen. However, solicitation for contributions is limited to OCWGA members. Your participation is essential to ensuring that agriculture’s side of the issue is heard.
DO MY OCWGA MEMBERSHIP DUES CONTRIBUTE TO THE OHIO CORN & WHEAT PAC?
No. OCWGA membership fees and the PAC are separate and funds are kept separate. PAC money is voluntarily contributed by OCWGA members and must be specified by the member for the PAC.
Note: Under Federal law it is illegal for the OCWGA PAC to accept corporate contributions. Contributions to the OCWGA PAC are voluntary and are used for political purposes and are NOT deductible for income tax purposes.