Arizona Cattleman's Association

Website: http://www.azcattlemensassoc.org/

Mission Statement

“Representing ranching families who produce quality beef in a responsible manner.”

Summary

The Arizona Cattlemen’s Association advocates for the rights of ranchers before the Arizona State Legislature. The group supported a bill that would have allowed ranchers to modify public lands with minimal oversight. They also sought to transfer all federally owned land in Arizona to the state.

Notable Activities & Statements on Public Lands Policy

The Arizona Cattlemen’s Association supported a bill that would allow ranchers to modify public lands with minimal oversight.

The Arizona Cattlemen’s Association Supported a House Bill that would have made it easier for ranchers to drill wells, add fences, and make other changes on public land that they lease from the state. [Antonia Noori Farzan, “Ducey Vetoes Bill That Would Have Put Amateurs in Charge of Identifying Archaeological Sites,Phoenix New Times, 05/18/18]

  • The bill would have allowed minimally trained volunteers to determine whether archaeological sites are present on state land. Tribes and archaeologists warned that this would “put Arizona’s history at risk,” allowing amateurs to possibly overlook subtle clues in the landscape in granting ranchers permission to make changes on public land. [Antonia Noori Farzan, “Ducey Vetoes Bill That Would Have Put Amateurs in Charge of Identifying Archaeological Sites,Phoenix New Times, 05/18/18]

The Arizona Cattlemen’s Association supported three bills that demanded that all federally owned public lands in Arizona be transferred to the state immediately.

The bills told the federal government to give up the title to all public lands in Arizona, required the Attorney General to take legal action if the transfer doesn’t occur, and urged the federal government to dispose of public lands in, and transfer title to, Arizona. The bills’ supporters argued that the federal government does a poor job of managing lands, and that the state is missing out on untapped natural resources, job opportunities, and billions of dollars. [Miram Wasser, “AZ Senate Advances ‘Land Grab’ Bills,” Phoenix New Times, 03/18/15]

  • The bill was ultimately vetoed.

Lobbying & Political Contributions

Top Recipients of Expenditures by AZ Cattlemen’s Association and Affiliates 2014-18

Arizona Republican House Victory $2,500
Arizona Republican Party $7,000
Senate Republican Leadership Fund $5,000
Senate Victory Pac $1,500
Barton, Brenda $1,150
Cook, David $1,000
Shope, Thomas (TJ) $650
Leach, Venden W (Vince) $550
Griffin, Gail $550
Nutt, Becky $500
Pratt, Frank $500
Brophy McGree, Kate $500
Total (All Expenditures) $26,150

[Source: Arizona Secretary of State via followthemoney.org]

Since 2013, Rep. Andrew Biggs has taken at least $300 from Arizona Cattleman’s Association.

Andrew Biggs took $300 from Arizona Cattleman’s Associations in January 2013.

[Source: FollowTheMoney.org]

Since 2015, State Rep. Mark Finchem has taken at least $250 from Arizona Cattleman’s Association.

Mark Finchem took $300 from Arizona Cattleman’s Association in October 2015.

[Source: FollowTheMoney.org]

Since 2016, State Rep. Gail Griffin has taken at least $2625 from Arizona Cattleman’s Association.

Gail Griffin took $300 from Arizona Cattleman’s Association in August 2016.

Gail Griffin took $250 from Arizona Cattleman’s Association in November 2017.

[Source: FollowTheMoney.org]

Since 2016, State Rep. Frank Pratt has taken at least $500 from Arizona Cattleman’s Association.

Frank Pratt took $250 from Arizona Cattleman’s Association in September 2016.

Frank Pratt took $250 from Arizona Cattleman’s Association in November 2017.

[Source: FollowTheMoney.org]

Revenue & Expenditures

Revenue

Cattle Growers Cattle Feeders Beef Council
2016 $556,164 $227,191 $311,241
2015 $697,184 $655,640 $319,716
2014 $695,970 $1,277,711 $293,625
2013 $780,177 $722,258 $305,926

Expenses

Cattle Growers Cattle Feeders Beef Council
2016 $621,750 $468,819 $333,856
2015 $565,821 $393,182 $334,188
2014 $587,436 $1,213,104 $307,121
2013 $845,032 $669,187 $331,075

Source: Organization Form 990s 2014-16

Note: AZ Wool Growers Assn Revenue is less than $50K and is therefore exempt from filing Form 990