Friends of Forestry PAC

The Friends of Forestry Political Action Committee (FFPAC) is one of the top 25 business Political Action Committees in North Carolina. Our success in the General Assembly directly relates to our ability to educate and support candidates on the importance of forestry to our state’s environment and economy.

WHY IS A PAC NECESSARY? In short, it is critical that forestry interests take an active role in politics in North Carolina. The PAC supports state legislators who support forestry.

The “Right to Practice Forestry” law of 2005 is landmark legislation that recognizes a landowners’ right to practice forestry. Each year, the NCFA supports legislation that benefits private landowners and forest products members.

As North Carolina continues to urbanize, it is worth noting that more than 51% of the voting population comes from 14 urban counties.

WHAT ARE THE PURPOSES OF THE PAC? To promote and strive for the improvement of government by encouraging and stimulating forestry interests to take a more active and effective role in governmental affairs.

Financially support those candidates for state election who are knowledgeable and/or supportive of forestry needs.

Assist forestry and agriculture interests in organizing for more effective political action in carrying out its civic responsibility.

Create awareness among candidates of the importance of forestry to the economy and the environment.

IS THE FRIENDS OF FORESTRY PAC AFFILIATED WITH ANY MAJOR POLITICAL PARTY? No. The PAC is not bound by Democrat or Republican (or any other) party. Environmental and business issues are not party specific. Support of a candidate will be based on their voting record, past support of forestry issues or their stated platform regarding forestry related and business issues.

WILL THE PAC SUPPORT CANDIDATES FOR FEDERAL OFFICE? No. The Friends of Forestry PAC was formed as a state PAC and will not participate in federal elections.

HOW DO I CONTRIBUTE?  If you would like to become a FFPAC supporter, your contributions must be personal funds. For example, the FFPAC cannot accept a donation on a company check or company credit card.  You can contact the FFPAC’s Treasurer, Amy Juliana, at ajuliana@ncforestry.org or by call (800) 231-7723 ext. 2. As a reminder, donations to the FFPAC are not tax deductible.

WHAT ARE THE BASIC RULES IN SOLICITING CONTRIBUTIONS? All monies solicited shall be voluntary contributions and may not be secured by physical force, job discrimination or financial reprisals, or by due, fees, or other monies required as a condition of membership or employment, or as a requirement with respect to any terms or conditions of employment.

Additionally, North Carolina law requires political committees to report the name, mailing address, job title, or profession and name of employer or employer’s specific field for each individual whose contributions aggregate is in excess of $100 in an election cycle.

WHO WILL MAKE THE DECISIONS ON WHO TO SUPPORT? FFPAC committee members determine who to support and how much will be contributed to an individual campaign. This committee will solicit and accept advice from all FFPAC contributors and others knowledgeable about the candidates. The committee is seeking new members to participate and engage in PAC decisions. Interested individuals can contact the Friends of Forestry PAC Treasurer Amy Juliana at ajuliana@ncforestry.org

The FFPAC is under the direction of Chair Ashley Faircloth with Treasurer Amy Juliana.

The FFPAC will meet again prior to the Reverse Raffle to discuss upcoming election and candidate support. The meetings are open to any NCFA member.

 

Reverse Raffle

The FFPAC raises funds through donations and an annual Reverse Raffle. The Reverse Raffle Party is October 2, 2019 at the Ironclad Brewery in Wilmington, NC. The first tickets will be drawn at 8:00 pm.

The goal is to sell 1,000 tickets and raise over $25,000 for the FFPAC. The winner(s) split a pot of $5,000.  In each of the past two years, over 800 tickets have been sold across the state.

Ticketholders do not need to be present to win the raffle. All tickets sold must have proxy preference indicated.

If you would like to purchase raffle tickets (individual tickets are $50 each or three for $100) or learn more about the FFPAC, please contact Amy Juliana at (919) 337-6094 or at ajuliana@ncforestry.org.