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NTRA’s Horse PAC Reports Success in Election Cycle

The NTRA’s “Horse PAC,” a bipartisan fund, spent $416,500 in the most recent election cycle.

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The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) said Nov. 8 that 41 of the 44 federal candidates it supported through its political action committee (Horse PAC) in 2011-12 won their seats in the Nov. 6 election.

Horse PAC, a bipartisan fund, spent $416,500 in the most recent election cycle, the NTRA reported. Direct contributions to candidates totaled $257,000, while $159,500 went to political leadership and other political action committees.

Candidates and political action committees in 25 states received funds in 2011-12. Kentucky-based candidates and PACs received the majority of funds at $85,000; followed by New York ($54,500); California ($30,000); Louisiana ($27,500); and Florida, Texas, and Michigan (all at $25,000), the NTRA reported.

According to supplemental documents, non-state political action committee funds were given to the National Republican Senatorial Committee ($30,000), National Republican Congressional Committee ($10,000), and the American Horse Council ($5,000). The NTRA didn’t release the breakdown by

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Tom LaMarra, a native of New Jersey and graduate of Rutgers University, has been news editor at The Blood-Horse since 1998. After graduation he worked at newspapers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania as an editor and reporter with a focus on municipal government and politics. He also worked at Daily Racing Form and Thoroughbred Times before joining The Blood-Horse. LaMarra, who has lived in Lexington since 1994, has won various writing awards and was recognized with the Old Hilltop Award for outstanding coverage of the horse racing industry. He likes to spend some of his spare time handicapping races.

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