Political giving important piece of federal policy efforts

By NBB | July 10, 2013

Biodiesel is the only advanced biofuel commercially available across the country, but remains a relatively young industry when compared to conventional petroleum fuels. As the industry continues to mature, strong public policy remains critical. The biodiesel industry has long been commended for its advocacy efforts in Washington and grassroots lobbying strength, but political fundraising remains an important component of supporting effective public policy.

“Political giving is an important form of free speech,” said National Biodiesel Political Action Committee Chairman Ron Marr. “Supporting the members of Congress who support us is mission-critical, and NBB members contributing to the PAC is an efficient and ethical way to do so.”

NBPAC is the connected PAC of the National Biodiesel Board and is dedicated to electing and supporting political leaders around the country who understand the vital role of biodiesel in the nation’s energy policy. All members of NBB are eligible to become members of NBPAC.

During the recent NBB membership meeting in Washington, D.C., the biodiesel industry hosted a fundraiser meeting with Rep. Ed Whitfield, Ky.-01, in which NBPAC participated. Whitfield chairs the important House Energy and Commerce Committee that oversees the RFS2. Past fundraising events the NBPAC has participated in have raised contributions for Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.; Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa; Rep. John Shimkus, Ill.-13; Rep. Adam Kinzinger, Ill.-16, and others.

Also during the NBB membership meeting, the NBPAC hosted a separate fundraising reception to raise additional funds for future contributions. The PAC’s executive committee is currently planning fundraising events connected with the upcoming November NBB membership meeting and the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo Jan. 20-23 in San Diego.

Additional information including approval forms can be found at www.biodieselpac.org.

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