The California Almond Industry Political Action Committee (Almond PAC) was created to make our voice heard through better government relations, legislative affairs and regulatory engagement.
Almond PAC’s goals are to support our current friends and allies in the California legislature, identify promising candidates and develop new friends and allies that will be important to our industry. The Almond PAC is a very important tool the Almond Alliance uses to accomplish these goals.
In the 2015-2016 crop year, as this is an election year, contributions to elected officials and candidates totaled over $100,000. Contributions are bipartisan, strategic and selective, targeting key leadership, committee members and those identified to be interested in almond industry issues. Most importantly, almond industry leaders have worked hard to attend events and engage with legislators, to put a face on the California almond industry.
Almond PAC Hosts Secretary of State Alex Padilla
While in Sacramento for the Almond Conference the California Almond Industry PAC (Almond PAC) hosted a fundraiser for Secretary of State Alex Padilla. The event was a success, raising just under $13,000. Participants included Almond PAC members, the California Farm Bureau Federation, the California Grain & Feed Association, and the Association of California Egg Farmers. In the Spring of 2016 Secretary Padilla visited the Modesto area and toured Fisher Nut Company. Alex is a rising star in California politics and has far higher political ambitions. It is important to build in roads and support members who have diverse backgrounds but also have a proven track record of accessibility and results supporting agriculture and business.
Attorney General Kamala Harris Visits Central Valley
Attorney General Kamala Harris, who is running for the U.S. Senate, visited the central valley twice over the last year. Almond Alliance and a number of our members attended a meet and greet to learn more about the Attorney General’s priorities in the fall of 2015. AG Harris then returned to the central valley in fall of 2016 for a day of meetings that included an ag and water round table where a number of industry associations including the Almond Alliance, educated AG Harris on our priority issues where water was a main topic of discussion. AG Harris also visited Salida Hulling Association to learn about how almonds grow three crops per drop of water used, about renewable energy usage in the almond industry and about how we recycle our byproducts.