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 candidate.
Of the 21 party-affiliated political action committees that received Horse PAC funds, 17 are Republican and four Democrat.
Horse PAC, which has given almost $2.5 million to candidates and political action committees since it was created in 2002, supports candidates who serve on the committees that oversee livestock and agricultural issues, Internet gaming, taxation, immigration, and the Interstate Horseracing Act; serve in leadership roles; understand horse racing’s issues; have racetracks, breeding farms, training centers or advance deposit wagering systems in their states; are member