The National Marine Manufacturers Association's political action committee, BoatPAC, was intimately involved during the 2011-12 election cycle, according to the NMMA’s Washington Wave.
“The strategy was to harden our support with current champions of the recreational boating industry and to expand our relationship with other members of Congress,” the newsletter stated. “BoatPAC invested in 38 different candidates, both Senate and House members, with 36 of them up for re-election. As one member retired, BoatPAC ultimately supported 37 candidates, 34 of whom were re-elected, resulting in a 91.8 percent accuracy rate.”
Here is a list of the candidates BoatPAC supported.
• There were 33 senatorial seats up for election and BoatPAC was involved in eight races: Indiana, Florida, Nebraska, Vermont, Maryland, Rhode Island, Michigan and West Virginia.
• Rep. Joe Donnelly defeated state Treasurer Richard Mourdock, 49.9 percent to 44.4 percent.
• Sen. Bill Nelson defeated Rep. Connie Mack, 55.1 percent to 42.4 percent.
• BoatPAC supported Sen. Ben Nelson before he announced his retirement.
• BoatPAC supported Sen. Patrick Leahy. Leahy was not up for re-election, but NMMA continues to have a relationship with his office.
• Sen. Ben Cardin defeated Dan Bongino, 54.3 percent to 27.5 percent.
• Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse defeated Barry Hinckley, 65.1 percent to 31 percent.
• Sen. Joe Manchin defeated Jon Raese, 60.6 percent to 36.5 percent.
• Sen. Debbie Stabenow defeated Rep. Pete Hoekstra, 58.3 percent to 38.5 percent.
• BoatPAC contributed to 30 House candidates. Incumbents Don Manzullo of Illinois and John Sullivan of Oklahoma and candidate Nick Lampson lost their races.