[Des Moines] – Fred Hubbell claims to be the candidate for Iowa farmers, but his record supporting left-wing groups and opposing commonsense policies stands in contrast to Governor Reynolds. As Iowa’s Lt. Governor and now Governor, she has fought to expand markets and support policies that help farmers.
It’s time for Fred Hubbell to answer for his anti-ag record.
“Governor Reynolds has been a leader for Iowa Agriculture, and for years has fought to expand markets and protect our biofuels industry,” said Ray Gaesser, a former Chairman of the American Soybean Association and former candidate for Secretary of Agriculture. “She continues to press the Trump Administration to support the renewable fuel standard and expand markets for Iowa farmers. Iowa’s farm families trust her to use her role as governor and best represent our interests.”
“Fred Hubbell’s continued opposition to affordable health care plans for farmers like me shows just how out of step he is with ag and rural communities,” said Brad Bleam, a corn and soybean farmer from Calhoun County. “He is donating to out of state organizations like the Sierra Club, which oppose the production of ethanol and the RFS. As far as I am concerned, he doesn’t truly understand the issues farmers face. As commodity prices remain unstable, and we get mixed messages out of Washington, the last thing we need is a Liberal like Fred Hubbell.”
Hubbell’s Anti-Ag Record Would Cost Iowa Farmers
Hubbell Serves on the Advisory Council for the Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC). On top of that, the Hubbell Foundation has granted $125,000 to ELPC in recent years. The ELPC is a strong defender of the Waters of the U.S. Rule, an Obama-Era regulation that would place unnecessary burdens on Iowa Farmers. (Source: Fred and Charlotte Hubbell Foundation, Form 990-PF, 2011-2016) (“About Us-People-Advisory Councils,” elpc.org accessed on 1/25/2018)
The Hubbell Foundation has granted thousands of dollars to environmental groups based in California, New York, and Washington, DC. This includes $5,000 to the Sierra Club which strongly opposes ethanol. (“EPA Turns a Blind Eye to Ethanol’s Environmental Impacts,” Sierra Club Press Release, November 30, 2017)
The Hubbell Foundation has granted nearly $70,000 to Iowa Environmental Council in recent years. In 2017, IEC opposed the Livestock Nuisance Litigation Reform Bill supported by the Iowa Agricultural Industry (“Limits on livestock nuisance lawsuits passes Iowa Senate,” Des Moines Register, March 14, 2017)
Governor Kim Reynolds signed into law legislation that helps farmers, small business owners, and hardworking Iowans find affordable health care coverage. This legislation was supported by the Farm Bureau, Democrat Lawmakers, even Hubbell’s own running mate Rita Hart. But unfortunately, not Fred Hubbell. (“Reynolds approves sale of non-Obamacare health coverage in Iowa,” Des Moines Register 4/2/2018) (“Hart voted for ‘insurance-like’ health plans Hubbell opposed” Sioux City Journal 6/21/2018)